832. Books & Brews – It was a Dark and Stormy Stout

832. Books & Brews - It was a Dark and Stormy StoutI’ve been wanting to do a few reviews to clear up some space in the beer fridge. So tonight I decided to open this Imperial Stout my sister picked up for me when she was in Indianapolis for a football game last year. I was thinking about it, since she’s in Arizona today at another football game, and asked me if there were any beers from there I’d like her to bring home for me.

Location: Poured into a TEKU pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL

Numbers: 10.8% ABV, 92 IBUs, ~320 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark black in color, and no light was visible through it when I held it up. It had a decent, creamy, tan head on it when I first poured it, which fell to a thin ring around the edge after a few minutes. It has a very faint roasty, coffee aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body is full, and the mouthfeel is smooth and a little viscous. Up front, it has a roastiness and slightly sweet maltiness underneath it. In the middle the flavors reverse, with the maltiness stepping forward. You know you hit the finish when the coffee-like roasty bitterness and earthy hop bitterness combine for a big kick. The bitterness lasts for a minute or two in the finish.

Food Pairing: A big malt and roasty beer like this goes perfect with BBQ as the roastiness mixes nicely with the char of the meat.

Overall Impression: For the first few seconds, I was on board with this beer, but the roasty, coffee-like bitterness was a bit too much for me. The finish and the aftertaste just tasted a bit too much like over-burnt malt to me. This was a good attempt, and I’d like to try more of their beers. However, I’ve had better imperial stouts that I’d seek out before running to Indianapolis to get another one of these.

My Rating: ★★½☆☆

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Author: kkozlen

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