Category Archives: Stout

Boatrocker 2019 ‘Ramjet’ BA Imperial Coffee Stout

Rating:

57008983_1070232043160940_5364499072797376512_n“Pretty much everyone knows our infamous Ramjet STARWARD whisky barrel aged imperial stout. It’s a big luscious beast of a beer, with lovely whisky notes, and delicious aromas and flavours of dark chocolate, coffee, and malt. Inspired by some classic overseas versions of Bourbon BA coffee beers, we wanted to create a uniquely Australian version, using the wonderful whisky barrels of STARWARD. So we decided to up the natural coffee character that is present in Ramjet by infusing the beer with whole dark roast coffee beans.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with two fingers of brown foam emerging over the top. It holds together well and weaves a decent lace down the glass.

Aroma: Holy moly this bad boy packs a punch! It honestly smells as good as the KBS with a certain emphasis on the coffee. It has this bourbon-bbq sauce scent to it which makes us want to throw it all over our next meat lovers pizza. Then there’s the added molasses, toffee, tree sap, licorice, vanilla, marzipan, coconut and tobacco. Brilliant!

Flavour: It comes on quite slow but it definitely intensifies. Initially bourbon and charred malts, coffee, booze and toasted coconut moving to campfire, molasses and vanilla sweetness. It keeps creeping forward with smoke/peat, charred earth and coffee finishing on a deep roasty note with subtle vanilla sweetness cutting in late.

Mouthfeel: Dense and meaty. Full bodied with that 11.2% AbV quite direct. Pure indulgence!

Overall: Without a doubt this is Australia’s best barrel aged stout. Up there with the likes of KBS, Bourbon County etc. Sensational.

Northern Monk X Against The Grain ‘Kentucky Shire’ Breakfast Stout

Rating:

54730296_1057502374433907_3598156676684840960_n“When looking to brew with our good friends from Against the Grain, we looked to brew an American classic but with a decidedly Yorkshire twist; and like our previous collaborations together, with a touch of Southern hospitality! The result? This delicious Anglo-American inspired stout!”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with two fingers of creamy brown foam emerging on top. It holds its shape and weaves a fine lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Dark, roasty charred malts, coffee, peppers, nutmeg and chilli-infused dark chocolate. Definitely getting raw and almost bitter cacao working in to the mild campfire and peaty notes. Just a flutter of fresh vanilla bean hidden deep in there too.

Flavour: Nice transition from the nose. Big impressions of bitter roasted coffee, dark chocolate and cacao are brilliantly balanced by sweet vanilla and hints of chewy treacle. All the way through is this interesting spicy accent – best described as red peppers or some version of peppercorn – which carries in to the warming finish. Superb length on offer.

Mouthfeel: Not as meaty as were anticipating but still it holds up on the palate with a mild warmth from the 7.3% AbV. Mild-moderate co2.

Overall: It wasn’t just the potential KBS factor that led us to try this…it’s also the incredibly eye-catching artwork on the can that naturally stands out on the shelf. Definitely isn’t on KBS level but it’s still a worthy drop.

Wilkadene Woolshed ‘Firehouse’ Coffee Stout

Rating:

54727683_1054729138044564_1649706236997795840_n“The Riverland’s only coffee roaster comes to the brewery once a year to produce each batch of Firehouse Coffee Stout. Arrosto coffee use a unique cold extract method to produce a clean and fresh coffee flavour, using single origin Colombia beans.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Black with two fingers of loosely packed foam atop. It slowly deconstructs leaving a healthy lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Luscious coffee emanating off the nose! It’s underlined by rich notes of chocolate, toasted marshmallow, mild roast, vanilla and toffee. We’ve noticed that the coffee drops out as it warms and is replaced by the sweetness of the vanilla and marshmallow. Love an evolving aroma!

Flavour: It seems that as it warms the coffee drops out in flavour too. It’s all roast upfront with a pinch of vanilla to balance it out. Hints of the marshmallow are there in the background as it picks up some coffee late in the piece. Nice finish with lingering roast, chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Rather light for a stout. There’s a lifted co2 that adds a bit of vibrancy to the texture. 5.6% AbV so she’s definitely on the milder side.

Overall: Look it’s a good drop but it’s a little too approachable in our opinion. We would have loved to see more body, more coffee and definitely some more roast. If someone was looking at taking their relationship with stouts to the next level then this would be a good option. Not bad.

Pirate Life X Limeburners BA Imperial Stout

Rating:

53377821_1045308418986636_6686031759265497088_n“The story of the Limeburners x Pirate Life Whisky Barrel Aged Stout truly begins many years ago when Great Southern Distillery founder Cameron Syme began to hear the tales of his rebellious Scottish ancestors, who gave up the whereabouts of their illegal distillery and used the reward money to start a new one. A successful career in law took him to the UK where he took every chance to visit the birthplace of whisky – Scotland. After years of research and planning Cameron distilled his first whisky in 2004 and hasn’t looked back since. Today Cameron’s team, led by distiller Benjamin Kagi, makes some of the best whiskies and gins in Australia.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Impenetrable black with a big and foamy three finger head forming on top. It gradually reduces to a thick overlay with a smattering of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Big, dense and viscous…as anticipated! The influence of the whisky is front and centre as it punches through with caramel, vanilla, a hint of spice and a honey-like sweetness. That all offsets the roasty and toasty elements of the stout beautifully. It’s quite amazing how they’ve managed such a pleasant nose considering the style.

Flavour: Absolutely delicious! This whisky is just made for this stout….the two combine incredibly well. There’s just the perfect amount of sweetness and spice in the whisky which is infused through the roasty, lightly charred and smoky notes and together they offer this decadent and super moreish flavour profile.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and full bodied. Unbelievably well hidden AbV (8.6%). Mild-moderate co2.

Overall: We among many others turned away from PL when they sold out but there is no denying the brilliance of this imperial stout. P.s let this baby warm up as she really reveals the true whisky notes once it does. Kudos PL!

Goose Island 2018 Bourbon County

Rating:

51558883_1029779683872843_4715189778163695616_n“I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party. But we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout-so big the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation we brought in some bourbon barrels to age the stout. One hundred and fifty days later, Bourbon County Stout was born.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Black as midnight. It quickly forms a ring with minimal lace as we indulge.

Aroma: It’s almost 30 degrees outside and it really isn’t the ample time of year to be drinking a barrel aged imperial stout but…once we cop a whiff of this nose everything seems right! Wave after wave of rich dark chocolate, charred malts, subtle smoke, musty old wine cellar, molasses, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, toasted coconut and toffee. We’re only just scratching the surface too! That is unbelievable!

Flavour: This has some serious grunt. Loving the prominent vanilla sweetness that offsets all the super rich dark malts, chocolate and molasses. Really loving the bourbon accents that offer that faint smokiness which cuts right through it as well. Toasted coconut, charred wood and toffee develops late and leads in to a long and warming finish with incredible length.

Mouthfeel: Big and muscly. Full bodied. The AbV (15.2%) is borderline absurd but they manage to keep it in check. Somehow!

Overall: For such a gigantic beer they must be commended on keeping it not only enjoyable but really sophisticated. This would offer long cellaring potential as well. Kudos G.I!

Founders Brewing 2018 ‘CBS’ BA Maple Imperial Stout

Rating:

50775319_1023867374464074_3515361389529006080_n“CBS was born when we stumbled upon some bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup. We opted to put the same base beer as KBS, an imperialized version of Breakfast Stout, in the maple barrels and, after one taste, we knew we had something special. Rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate meld together in what can only be described as a transcendental drinking experience. You might notice that the label is missing a key, iconic element. You know, starts with “M” ends with “ountie.” It’s true – we did make the decision to remove the Mountie from CBS packaging out of respect for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with a dark brown head emerging on top. It reduced to a collar with spotty lace sticking to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: The maple syrup sweetness is nowhere near as pronounced for this year’s vintage. In fact if we pitted the ’18 CBS against the ’18 KBS there wouldn’t be much distinction. Don’t get us wrong though it’s still a phenomenal aroma chock full of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, charred malts, oak, subtle bourbon, earthy spice and vanilla.

Flavour: Once again…little trace of that ridiculously delicious maple syrup that was so abundant in the ’17 vintage. That’s the only downside though. The intense charred malts, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon and oak fill up the mouth and carry through to the belly warming finish which offers lingering notes of vanilla, coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth and oh so elegant. The 11.7% AbV is so well hidden. Loving how it hits a crescendo then just mellows back out. Remarkable!

Overall: Yeah we’re pretty bummed about the lack of maple syrup but honestly the sheer brilliance of this stout makes up for it. You’re off the hook this year Founders but we wanna see more maple next year!

Ironbark Hill Brewhouse Black Forest Stout

Rating:

49125091_1005678916282920_4358488792860983296_n“This is an easy drinking stout that has been brewed with real cherries and dark chocolate. Brewed to harness the dry Irish stout style with a subtle back end reminiscent of black forest cake. A great after dinner beer or one for a cold winters night.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Black with a thumb of lightly tanned foam perched on top. Good head retention and healthy lace as it subsides.

Aroma: Absolutely exquisite. The cherries really pop (pun unintended!). Behind them is a dense and luscious helping of dark chocolate, roasted malt, nutmeg, vanilla, fruit jelly and subtle coffee. We literally picture a big and decadent black forest cake everytime we take a whiff. Superb.

Flavour: Much drier and with a little less character as opposed to the aroma. Still getting that fruity line from the cherries with a distinct earthy cocoa and bittersweet chocolate weaving through. Tastes a bit grainy late in the piece but finishes with a soft coffee roast and a faint hint of black forest cake in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Dry in essence but with a somewhat creamy texture to it as well. Would love to try this on nitro!

Overall: It took us a few sips to come around but eventually we did. The sweet and luscious nose then the dry and bittersweet flavour offers contrast and actually makes it a bit more fun. We’re liking what this brewery is producing.

De Moersleutel ‘Bounty Hunter’ Coffee & Coconut Imperial Stout

Rating:

48362675_1000577843459694_1707930943966150656_n“Coffee & Cocounut infused Imperial Stout.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Impenetrable black with a wispy overlay. It quickly snaps back to the rim with random spots of lace in its wake.

Aroma: It practically jumps out of the glass. The intensity of the coconut hits the olfactory’s first followed by espresso coffee, vanilla, chocolate, medium malt roast, black peppercorns and toasted marshmallow. The strength of the aroma literally hides any trace of the 12% AbV. Remarkable!

Flavour: Exact mirror image of the aroma – the infusion of coconut is immense then the espresso coffee, vanilla and chocolate takes hold. At this point it is just a liquid Bounty bar in our glass. Getting touches of spicy peppercorns which exposes the warming booze in the finish. Brilliant length as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick, gummy and plenty of muscle. Full body with mild-medium co2. 12% AbV….as we said previously it’s unbelievably well hidden.

Overall: Another epic offering from these Dutchmen. It’s our 2nd entry and both have been top notch dessert stouts. It will be interesting to see if they have depth in their repertoire…we’re willing to find out!

De Moersleutel ‘Willy Tonka 3’ Tonka & Scotch Bonnet Imperial Stout

Rating:

47681252_997562507094561_6338888794183303168_n“Imperial Stout with tonka beans and scotch bonnet peppers.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Dense black with a finger of dark tan head. It gradually peels off to a collar with patchy lace work down the glass.

Aroma: To he honest we’d never heard of Tonka beans or scotch bonnet chilli’s before. Once a bit of research was done the aromas made a lot more sense! Wafts of juicy cherry, nutty malts, prune/raisin, molasses, spice, vanilla, peppers and cacao nibs are in absolute abundance. It hides the 11% AbV ridiculously well also.

Flavour: We can really taste the chilli…she’s much more prominent as opposed to the aroma. It’s short lived though as she rolls in to a dry and woody middle with those sweet dark fruits in the back seat. Just a pinch of cherry and spice leading in to a long, dry and warm finish.

Mouthfeel: Oily/slick texture, rather warming and dry once the peppers kick in. Medium-full body.

Overall: This is our first crack at this breweries range. Although we’re not blown away it was quite a fun stout…not to mention the fact that we now know what Tonka beans and scotch chilli’s are!

Trillium Brewing ‘Secret Stairs’ Boston Stout

Rating:

46370525_983661021818043_5083063983447998464_n“We brew Secret Stairs to highlight the unique physical connection between Summer Street and A Street, and raise a pint to The Fort Pointer; the neighborhood’s favorite protagonist!”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Black with a loosely packed head on top. It quickly forms a ring but struggles to produce any lace.

Aroma: Quite a conservative nose for Trillium – roasted malt base feeding in to notes of chocolate, caramel, coffee and cocoa with more edgy hints of floral pot pourri and vanilla essence. There’s a feature scent in there that we just can’t put our finger on…it’s either pine or something more herbal like lemongrass or fennel. Very intriguing!

Flavour: Follows on from the nose. Bold yet well tempered layers of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, lightly roasted malts and soft dark fruit sweetness. The bitterness goes up a notch midway and brings a hint of that American influence in to it. Nice and long roasty finish with some of that dryness carrying through.

Mouthfeel: Seriously smooth, light and a touch dry. 6.5% AbV – fairly nondescript. Medium body and Co2.

Overall: This stout is Trillium in a nutshell…it leaves us 80% satisfied. Apart from a few of their stand out beers we find they just fall short of being memorable most of the time. This one included. It’s a good stout but it’s nothing to write home about.

Treehouse Brewing ‘Miles To Go Before I Sleep’ Imperial Milk Stout

Rating:

45797682_979859385531540_4231071041767604224_n“Miles To Go Before I Sleep is an imperial milk stout brewed with a complex assortment of roasted malts, lactose, peanut butter, and chocolate. Miles To Go Before I Sleep is brewed for Lauren, because she loves peanut butter cups and I love her. She deserves the world. Miles To Go is a perfect beer to enjoy with a friend or a loved one. Please keep it cold at all times and enjoy it during a special moment of your choosing.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with a dark brown cap. The head holds its shape well enough to leave patchy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: One word…incredible! The olfactory’s are inundated with sweetness, roasty malt, creamy vanilla and nuts from all angles. Reese’s peanut butter cups come to mind straight away followed by snickers and then butterfingers. Also getting toasted marshmallow, bounty bar and luscious caramel. Don’t think we’ve ever done a review where so many different chocolate bars come together in one aroma. Brilliant!

Flavour: Oh mumma! The transition from the nose is exceptional. The most fascinating part is how they’ve managed to condense everything on the nose in to a flowing and perfectly balanced flavour profile which glides over the tongue and in to an insanely smooth, moreish and decadent finish which draws out nicely on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth and balanced like a beer on a barrel. Co2 is spot on and the 9.1% AbV is ridiculously well hidden.

Overall: Easily the best beer we’ve had from Treehouse. There’s really no other words for it…this shit is amazing!

The Alchemist ‘Beelzebub’ American Imperial Stout

Rating:

45622101_979288978921914_1952187868688416768_n“The intensely smooth and rich roasted flavor is complemented by the unmistakable pretence of hops. The bitterness is held in check, preserving the flavors of dark chocolate. This ale is aggressively dry hopped with Citra to cut through it all. Hail Santa.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Black with two fingers of brown head taking shape on top. It gradually reduced and hangs a sheet of lace down the walls of the glass.

Aroma: One of our favourite traits of an American stout is its similarity to a great black IPA. There’s a solid roasty malt structure which builds in to coffee, cocoa and mocha then there’s the distinct hop profile that cuts through the rich malts – in this case there’s pine, citrus and weedy herbs a plenty. Undertones of smoke, mild spice and charred earth also getting amongst it. Brilliant!

Flavour: Holy moly! It comes on with a delicious roasted note; coffee, cocoa, chocolate and subtle smoke before the bitter hop onslaught arrives! The middle is citric, spicy and piney which rolls in to super bitter yellow grapefruit, orange rind and lemon late in the piece. This palate-wrecking combination only intensifies as it draws out in to the long winded finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth at first but it develops an aggressive bitterness in the swallow. 8% AbV and 90 IBU. Medium-full body.

Overall: Jeez there must be a fine line between black IPA’s and American stouts these days. Even for a black IPA this is insanely bitter. That aside it’s a quality drop it’s just very extreme.

Cigar City ‘Argumentum Ad Populum’ BA Imperial Stout

Rating:

45449517_977636522420493_3699999658467131392_n“If many believe it, it must be so.” That’s the succinct way to describe argumentum ad populum, an argumentative fallacy found often in both classical logic discussions and internet beer forums. Being amateur classicists ourselves, we at Cigar City Brewing avoid fueling fallacious arguments about anything, be it epistemology, idealism or barrel-aged beer. We present this apple brandy barrel-aged stout brewed with marionberries and black raspberries as a liquid monument to the dangers of fallacious arguments, both online and off.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Ominously black with a loosely held overlay. It forms a ring and struggles to produce any real lacing.

Aroma: The prominent scents are rich and intense – molasses, leather, espresso, dark fruits, plum, brandy and musky vanilla. One of our pet hates in a stout is acetaldehyde (usually a green apple/pear note) and these guys have flirted with danger by aging stout in apple brandy barrels but it just works! The soft fleshy tones of the apple brandy marry up with the roasty malt base beautifully! Trust!

Flavour: This unique fusion of berries, apple brandy and hedonistic imperial stout is just to die for. Sweet brandy and ever so slightly tart berries cut through the roasty, dark coffee flavours like butter. Something best described as cherry, oak, vanilla and treacle delivers a warm finish with a heavy roast, dark fruits and touches of the apple brandy barrels.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth yet bold and full bodied. Low co2 with the 13.7% AbV well tucked away.

Overall: Cigar City just keep producing phenomenal beer after phenomenal beer. We can’t fault this at all it’s simply top shelf stuff.

Jackie O’s 2017 ‘Oil Of Aphrodite’ BBA Imperial Stout

Rating:

45238221_975976025919876_5952434908268855296_n“Oil of Aphrodite is an American double stout brewed with Integration Acres black walnuts  and Belgian candied syrup. English, German, American, and Belgian malts are accompanied by Pacific Northwest hop to create a sweet and rich spring board for deep nuttiness. Lay this beer down for a while and share with friends and loved ones.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Impenetrable black with a wispy head that snaps back to the rim. It still manages to coat the sides of the glass though.

Aroma: Like dessert in a glass! The olfactory’s are treated to a moreish fusion of brilliant barrel character, high end bourbon, coffee, vanilla, molasses, earthy nuts and spices, raw cacao, dark chocolate and a caramelly almost maple-esque sweetness. Some of that 12.1% AbV showing up as it warms. Unbelievable depth and complexity, but also balanced….just next level.

Flavour: Follows on from the nose with impeccable barrel character which gives rise to the bourbon, vanilla, caramel and spice. Nice and warm through the middle, some sharpness from the booze and molasses along with rich dark chocolate notes. The finish is again rich and luscious with lingering nuts and coffee on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Oily, sharp and well rounded. The 12.1% AbV provides some kick. Medium-full body with moderate co2.

Overall: Simply put it’s just a superb barrel aged stout. Overflowing with rich and intense aroma and flavour and lit up by a big AbV. A beer with attitude…we love it.

Jackie O’s ‘Oro Negro’ BBA Imperial Stout

Rating:

45150046_975407865976692_463627116714393600_n“Oro Negro spawned from our unwavering compulsion to experiment. Infusing imperial stouts with spices, fruits, and wood has been a staple at our bottle releases since 2009. Oro Negro is the culmination of note-taking and listening to our patrons. Our cherished Oil of Aphrodite was aged in bourbon barrels and infused with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, habaneros, and cinnamon sticks. A refined stout filled with rich character and a touch of heat.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Solid black with minimal head. What’s left clings to the rim and posts a thin set of rings as we imbibe.

Aroma: It’s kind of interesting in the way that it hits the olfactory’s with an initial super rich sweetness but then tapers off in to the nutty, spicy and somewhat earthy tones. The barrels show up nicely too; adding a little kick of bourbon vanilla and oak. Getting that intense molasses, licorice and leather right down deep. Superb.

Flavour: We can really taste the spice…there’s certainly some chilli along with nutmeg and peppercorns. The walnuts present nicely too they hit a nutty sweetness but also an earthy accent comes in to play. Vanilla, chocolate, roast, a touch of bourbon and woody oak with a substantial warmth – more so from the chilli and pepper rather than the booze (12.1% AbV). Long drawn out finish which keeps the palate very warm!

Mouthfeel: Oily, warm and it holds up nicely on the palate. Medium-full body and moderate co2.

Overall: This was our first crack at Jackie O’s (well technically it is as we’ve only reviewed a couple of collab beers of theirs before). It’s very sleek, nicely balanced and really fun. Just an exceptional drop.

Cigar City ‘Marshall Zhukov’s’ Russian Imperial Stout

Rating:

44665831_970981846419294_1181102928224583680_n“This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Georgy Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World War II. Opaque black in color, with notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of blackstrap molasses. The English hop varietals provide a subtle herbal dryness, and the beer finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso. Pair Marshal Zhukov’s with mushroom solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with a short dark brown cap. It quickly retreats to the rim with a fine wavy lace sticking to the walls of the glass.

Aroma: Unequivocally offensive…but in all the right ways! There isn’t really one stand out scent it’s more like an all out assault on all fronts – molasses, licorice, dense woody oak, charred malts, tobacco, vanilla, ash, espresso coffee and raw cacao. It’s like they were all bottled up and never allowed to see the light of day for an extended period of time. Dark, dank but devilishly divine!

Flavour: Sweet baby jeebus this is big! The palate is literally inundated with rich, roasty char yet it’s somehow sweet…it’s really intriguing actually it’s similar to a dark fruit sweetness, the kind you’d get from eating dark chocolate coated strawberries or cherries. Firm espresso flavours and bitterness, molasses, vanilla and brandy developing late then laying down for a warming finish which offers woody oak, coffee and ash on a length.

Mouthfeel: Oily, rich and hedonistic. Although it weighs in at 11% AbV it’s still quite well concealed. Full body and low co2.

Overall: A complex and mammoth beer which would benefit greatly from a few years in the cellar. The only two things in the way would be money and patience! P.s this bad boy should be shared. 👍

Perennial Artisanal Ales ‘Abraxas’ Spiced Imperial Stout

Rating:

44489500_970075786509900_618954596089331712_n“An Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Pouring deep brown with a thick head, this beer has a complex body with a delicious lingering roastiness. Abraxas is brewed with unique ingredients intended to challenge and excite the palate. It may be enjoyed right away or allowed to age in the bottle. Vertical tastings are encouraged.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Hits the glass like engine oil! It generates a short brown head which gradually peels off to a ring with a bit of wavy lace in its wake.

Aroma: We initially pick up a strong but well tempered spice profile – mostly nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Oodles of rich molasses, licorice, charred malts, old leather boots and dark chocolate with more subtle hints of vanilla, cacao, chilli peppers and espresso coffee tucked in behind. The longer it sits in the glass the more prominent those chilli’s become as well. Magnificent aroma.

Flavour: More of the same…and we say in that in a good way! Opening with a notable amount of spice and shifting to a delicious mix of cacao, chocolate and chilli peppers. The heat from the chilli (and most likely the booze as well) intensifies and ushers in the espresso and charred malt bitterness midway. The heat tapers off and finishes with a tonne of chilli flavour, spice and cacao on a length.

Mouthfeel: Warm, spicy and full-ish in body. The 10% AbV shows through but it’s fairly well rounded for its size.

Overall: It’s a bloody brilliant stout but the spice profile may overplay its hand just a bit. We feel that something should give between that and the peppers…allow one to shine because at the moment they clash a little. Semantics. Ultimately it’s an excellent offering.

Trillium Brewing ‘Pom Pom’ Milk Stout

Rating:

44115869_966475080203304_7127609433005228032_n“Cold weather and chilly New England wind are best paired with a dark, roasty beer. For our latest addition to our dark beer lineup we wanted to try our hand at a lactose addition.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Mostly black with a ray of light penetrating at the base of the glass. A thumb of head forms which reduced to a halo with little lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Not quite the rich, sweet and milky nose we were anticipating. It kind of strikes us as more of a porter with hints of lactose, nutty malt, toasty malt, dark fruits and earthy truffle. Maybe a touch of mild coffee and vanilla creeping through as it warms. Not a bad aroma by any means it’s just far from we’d expect from a milk stout.

Flavour: Again if we didn’t know any better we’d say it’s more of a porter with a subtle milky accent. Nothing wrong with the flavour profile though it’s got a nice mild roast, nutty malts, dark fruits, chocolate and vanilla. It has this uncanny resemblance to highly sugar-sweetned home made coffee with that milky lactose note finishing it off.

Mouthfeel: Too thin for a stout, we get that it’s a milk stout but we’d love a bit more weight on the tongue. It’s smooth as silk though and the 6.8% AbV is seriously well hidden.

Overall: Not a bad drop. Definitely wouldn’t stack up against the likes of Treehouse’s Human Condition or H.O.T.S. Some how it does the job though. Not one of Trillium’s finest offerings that’s for sure.

7 Stills ‘Scoop Di Woop’ Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Rating:

43771622_965392363644909_5963625673191849984_n“Hype can series. Barrel aged imperial stout.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Black as the ace of spades! It forms a short brown head which recedes to the rim and leaves a mix of spotty and wavy lace on the glass.

Aroma: Kind of has a faint hint of bush fire initially…it’s subtle yet distinctive. It’s hard to find any info on this beer but our guess is that it was aged in bourbon barrels as the scent of bourbon is very pronounced. Also picking up black strap molasses, licorice, old leather, dark chocolate, sweet espresso and burnt toast. The booze is sharp and penetrating, has a bit of a pungent acetone quality to it. Lots going on that’s for sure.

Flavour: Monstrous. Very big, very aggressive. There’s a rush of bourbon, booze and rich molasses and malt that actually intensifies as it proceeds. It moves in to bitter espresso coffee, smoked malts and charred earth before it rounds out on an extremely warming finish with enduring bourbon and subtle smoke on the rear.

Mouthfeel: A little too lean for our liking. Very harsh and showing every bit of the 13.5% AbV. Medium body. Mild-medium co2.

Overall: It has the bones of a really good stout but the balance is a real flaw. It’s like it needs more malt to not only fill it out but also to pull the bourbon and booze in to line…they’re way too prominent. Can’t say we’re much of a fan of this.

Trillium Brewing ‘Peanut Butter PM Dawn’ Imperial Stout

Rating:

43660206_964445510406261_27142398014390272_n“What started as a special treatment to celebrate our 5th Anniversary, is now a small scale batch! We started with the base recipe for PM Dawn American Stout, then slightly dialed back the ratio of cold brew Italian Roast from Barrington to allow the heavy dose of Peanut Butter to find it’s perfect place in the flavor profile and balance the beer.”

 

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Solid black with a short tan head. There’s a quick retreat to the rim with minimal lace as it subsides.

Aroma: We could literally smell it as we were pouring it in to our glasses. The peanut butter, although rich and moreish, was still meticulous in its delivery. With it comes hints of other assorted nuts and a fleeting hint of coconut and vanilla but the base PM Dawn aromas of charred malt, espresso coffee, cacao, dark chocolate and mild earthy spice fills it all out.

Flavour: The addition of peanut butter to this stout is genius. It’s actually quite a simple flavour profile but it has just been executed to perfection. The supporting flavours i.e coffee, dark chocolate, soft licorice and roasted malts result in an absolutely delicious and superbly balanced stout which goes the distance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and inoffensive…almost silky. Medium-full body. Let’s remember we’re talking about a 10% AbV stout here. The way it glides over the tongue is criminal!

Overall: It’s pretty black and white….if you love peanut butter then you will love this! Although we’re somewhat impartial to peanut butter we think the addition of it here is brilliant. It screams dessert beer….and a high quality one at that!