Ex Umbris - Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
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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
4.03/5 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
4/5 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
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
Ex Umbris from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
92 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.