Imperial Stout - Rogue Ales
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3.4/5 rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
2006 XS in a ceramic bottle. Pours an opaque, deep, dark brown. The head is four-fingers of chocolate-milk froth, that grows creamy, thick, and stiff, almost resembling chocolate chip cookie batter. Large-bubbled lacing hugs the Guinness pint glass. I've never quite seen a head like this on a stout, though I did pour it quite aggressively.
The aroma is dominated by sweet molasses and brown sugar, with a mild cocoa bean note beneath, accented by a hint of vanilla. These elements assert themselves in the flavor, especially on the front, but a rather harsh coffee, charred wood and malt characteristic arises on the finish, along with a none too subtle flourish of alcohol.
It medium bodied, creamy on the front, dry and bitter on the finish. The aftertaste is a bit much, rendering the drinkability a bit low. It is a bit unbalance, so subtle on the front, then the aftertaste just really gets you in the back of the throat. Almost a great stout. And maybe it will become one after some time in the cellar, but not there yet.
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2007 03:25:50 | More by Osiris9588
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