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Casks: 1 | On Tap: 40 | Bottles: 117 | Cans: 9
On tap. Having tried (with great appreciation) a number of "chocolate " stouts this is one of the least chocolate of all...but wait...that works in it's favor. This has THE most serious espresso flavor of the whole bunch. So much so that I'm thinking I'll be cleaning my apartment, once I leave here (Yes...I don't live here, thank you) until the wee hours. To set the records straight...My apartment does need a through cleaning. Thank you, Great South Bay. Stimulants aside this has a very well balanced palate with a very pleasant mouth feel. 8.2% on the ABV makes it a perfect after dinner quaff (or brunch accompaniment.)
On tap. First tste was...for wont of a better word..."funky". Everything gets where it's ging at the same time. After a few sips the tastes get where they're going but I'm still left with a few questions. Like where does all that lemony citrus go between the nose & the tongue? Must be that deceptive ole lemongrass hiding in the weeds. Was that coriander I thought I tasted? Here's the best I can do: this is distinctively indistinct...but not in a bad way. hI said it...hope that helps.
From bottle. Dated 2008. Consumed 2013. This has to be one of the finest beers I've ever had. Bar none. Please tell me I don't have to wait until 2018 for another! Where do I start? Aroma? Nothing outstanding but appealing nonethe less. Pour? head was a bit shallow & lacing practically none existent. But just wait until this hits your tongue...smoothe, lovingly sweet yet bitter. A love affair from the first sip. seek this out if you can. Otherwise wait til 2018. :^(
On tap. My experience thus far w/So. Tier has been their Creme Brulee, Pumpking & Warlock...heavily flavored things. This is much more a straight ahead ale. Big bold flavor. Balance at it's best. Reassuring to know these guys know the basics as well as the slight-of-hand stuff. Nothing up the sleeve just a simple thumbs up.
From bottle. Wish I made note of the year. This one had a most distinctive flavor. Umamai, without a doubt. If it was a bit saltier it could pass as a gravy made from well caramelized elements. A word that comes to mind is Marmite, but without the salt. I really enjoyed it. Can't say I'd make it my go to, but I'm old enough & wise enough to realize that a treat can only remain so if it's not over indulged.
On tap. Very smooth, almost buttery mouth feel. Very little on the bitter side. At 4.3% I'll be coming back again & again.
Just a taste on tap. Every Imperial Stout I've tasted has some degree of coffee & this one does just that. What sets it apart is the type of coffee. Espresso is way up front here with a smokyness not far behind. The blurp says a hint of pear but I can't imagine the perfumy blush if pear managing any ID in the stuff. In the end I find it lacks the obligatory sweetness to offset the bitter of the espresso. Even a true espresso is served with a twist of lemon to divert the tastebuds.
On tap. Extreme light flavor & aroma in a medium bodied brew. If it was aperson I'd describe them as "shy". A touch on the bitter side for a finish. Prob'ly best suited to break up a string heavy weights during a session but I can see that it has it's place. Mind you I'm sitting at a bar with 40 taps so if there were only 10 slots, well...not so much.
On tap. When I first impression on the nose was oregano...yeah, I know...WTF? Thankfully that soon disappated & what I got was very slight spiciness & a nice smooth finish. Well balanced hops. All in all a good beer.