Ex Umbris - Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
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4.6/5 rDev +10%
Had on tap at the Hess brewery - without a doubt, the head and shoulders standout of their craft. This is one of the most interesting beers I've had in a long time.
Pours dark, mysterious and beautiful.
Smell is something unique and amazing - very very wine like super oaked yet somehow fruity and deep tons of Pinot Noir character...having a light fruityness but big dark woody earthy notes.
Taste is just beautiful chocolate and coffee, bitterness is just right, maintains a lightness and is totally drinkable
feel is as it should be for the style.
Overall this is a simply gorgeous brew - something wholly unique and a stand out among imperial stouts, a style all its own! Keep kicking ass Hess!
09-13-2011 01:08:56 | More by benclimbs
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
A- Jet black mostly, some deep red on the bottom of the glass where the light comes through. Big brown head with big bubbles.
S- Big chocolate notes, sort of a milk chocolate. Coffee notes coming through pretty strong and the alcohol peeking through a little. Also its generally creamy smelling.
T- Follows nose closely; Big milk chocolate and coffee notes. Good creaminess on the taste overall. Alcohol isn't really present on the taste. Really nice balance with a dry finish.
M- In between medium and full bodied; mostly smooth and creamy feel to this but it does leave a bit of a resiny feel.
O- Really good imperial stout, big balanced flavors with a good dryness from the rye they use in it.
07-11-2011 04:17:31 | More by d4114
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA
Thick black body with a thick light brown and cinnamon red head. Lots of lacing up and down the glass.
All the great big stout aromas are here without one dominating the stage too forcefully: roasted malts, espresso coffee, some sweet cream and chocolate notes as well.
A simple, yet complete, big stout. It does everything just about perfectly. The roast and espresso coffee stand out initially along with substantial yet not overwhelming hop bitterness, followed by sweet cream and chocolate. Zero alcohol presence. A complete stout.
Medium to thick bodied. Appropriate.
A supremely delicious imperial stout. The one beer I decided to have 2 tasters of at the Stone Anniversary event.
I'll be down to the brewery soon to fill a growler of this!
08-22-2011 20:23:09 | More by ehammond1
Ex Umbris from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
92 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.