Ex Umbris - Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
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4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
Sampled at Strong Ale 2010.
Pours dark reddish brown, hazy, off-white head, good retention and lacing.
Aroma is roast, milk (?), caramel, char, and chocolate.
Flavor is burnt, roasted, and harsh but at the same time sweet and milky (confusing). Also a healthy dose of chocolate, rye, booze, and bitterness.
Body is sufficiently full. Contains FDA approved levels of drinkability.
01-03-2011 20:15:07 | More by t0rin0
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa nibs, cookie dough, and alcohol. Taste is of dark roasted malt, rye, and cocoa nibs. There is a pretty high level of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great set of aromas but the taste is a tad too roasty for my liking.
06-26-2012 00:57:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
A: Ebony in the glass with a fleeting creamy light brown head.
S: Dark chocolate melds with earthy coffee and black strap molasses. Malt displays an upper moderate roasted profile. Dark chocolate is pervasive and the rye is definitely noticeable.
T: Dark chocolate with roasted malt, molasses, and rye. The various aspects are well balanced. Bitterness is earthy and at a lower moderate level. Finishes with bitter dark chocolate and a light spiciness.
M: Full body with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, and full.
Overall: A nice Imperial Stout. Recommended.
07-16-2011 02:15:14 | More by HopHead84
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
On tap at the brewery; this beer pours jet black with a massive brown head that lasts and lasts. I basically had to drink through it because it took so long to dissipate. Lacing was sticky and extensive.
The nose is roasty, with a touch of a metallic note from the rye; coffee, bittersweet chocolate, winey tannins, a bit of oaky woodiness. The taste follows the nose; it’s complex, with a balance between the roasted notes, chocolate, and mineral taste. Again, there’s that slightly metallic rye note underneath. A bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish as well as that wine-like flavor detected in the aroma. Subtle sweetness, spice, and smoke.
Carbonation is moderate, the body is full and smooth, creamy and sticky. Not super chewy but actually pretty easy drinking for a beer of this strength. Very tasty.
01-10-2012 17:25:54 | More by tobelerone
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
4/5 rDev -4.3%
TapRoom Pacific Beach
Served black black black, no highlights no head no lace.
Aroma is all about roastiness, thick char without smoke. Bitter coffee. Unmistakable rye.
Taste is preciously what the scent said. Strong flavor, roast again. Complexity lies in the sensation of an abrupt strong flavor fading away, doesn't evolve as much as simply fade nicely. Mouthfeel is rich slick and nicely lifeless.
09-03-2012 23:25:47 | More by impending
4/5 rDev -4.3%
On tap at the brewery
A-black body with little head at all.
S-maltiness with a slight bit of roastiness.
T-nice roasty body that goes down really smooth. Very good but one dimensional
M-medium body and smooth
O-very nice stout. Would like toto see what happens with barrel aging!
11-10-2011 00:05:57 | More by brew3crew
Ex Umbris from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
92 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.