Clavock Imperial Stout - John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
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Reviews by santoslhalper:
2.65/5 rDev -28.4%
Appearence: Pours a dead black with an extemely frothy, yet quick dying brown head.
Smell: Strong chocolate and coffee aromas, with bittersweet nuttiness in the background. Balancing hops, and only a slight amount of alcohol.
Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is mostly roasted and bittersweet chocolate notes. The hops balance everything, and leave a dry finish. But this beer is flat. Absolutely no carbonation, and that's killing it for me.
Drinkability and Overall: A fine tasting beer, but it's flat. No carbonation anywhere, which makes it tough to drink, especially the 1 Liter bottle.
04-03-2006 02:17:50 | More by santoslhalper
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4.75/5 rDev +28.4%
Served from a John Harvard's growler into a dimple glass. The color is oil black with a ring of beige head and not much in the way of lacing, etc. The smell is very rich, with a strong molasses, chocolate in the flavor and very little in the way of hops. The taste matches the smell...molasses (blackstrap?) along with a nice fine, sweet chocolate flavor and as it warms in the mouth, a touch of a coffee bitterness and hopping comes through in the taste, but there's almost no alcohol to indicate the sheer size of this beer. Mouthfeel is oil-thick. As for drinkability, this is a fine one, and only the ABV keeps me from drinking quite a few of these.
Having not been out to John Harvard's in over a year and hearing such fantastic things about what Andrew Maxwell was doing with the beers here in Pittsburgh, I wanted to give it a try. Well, there were several fine beers there, but this was the gem. Of course, it cost a bit more than the typical beers, but at almost 24 degrees Plato that makes good sense! A fantastic mix of sweetness barely touched by hops that somehow isn't cloying or burning with alcohol makes this one I definitely would have again!
05-30-2005 15:51:07 | More by beergeek279
Clavock Imperial Stout from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
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