Filed under: Rogue, Stout (English pint) | Tags: allspice, caramel, chocolate, dark, deep, delicious, enjoyable, fantastic, hoppy, licorice, rich, satisfying, stout, thick head
Volume: 1 pt. 6 fl. oz.
Glass: tapered pint 12 oz.
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Consumed on: 2.5.2007
first impression: Rich deep dark chocolate color with an inch thick head. A true stout. Depth is impenetrable. A darkness in flavor too, though not rough or rocky – very smooth and quite appealing. Dull and has feel of clay slip. Definite chocolate undertones, with hints of licorice and allspice. It’s delectable.
Visuals — Color, depth, Belgian lace, legs: The color is absolutely thick with a deep brown. Only at the very edges does any caramel color emerge. It’s mysterious. Head is thick even after retreating. It is a solid stout, and fairly still, like a moat. Lace is intricate and leggy. Crystalline structures are well supported and the lace sparkles.
Olfactory — Aroma: Aroma is like a sealed box of fudge. You can’t keep the flavor from scenting the air.
Taste — Hoppiness, bite, maltiness, flavor: The taste is full, deep, and entirely satisfying. It reminds of a chocolate whole wheat bread.
Tactile — weight, mouthfeel: This is a warming, hearth of a beer. It’s quite dense to look at and to lift and is absolutely full of heft.
second impression: This is the first stout I’ve ever actually enjoyed, as others seem watery, or too heavy, or without character and I fear others will pale comparatively. This is an absolutely fantastic beer.
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