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Ex Umbris - Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.43%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout brewed with Rye

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 12-04-2010)
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

brew3crew, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of benclimbs
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

benclimbs, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

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!

ehammond1, Aug 22, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7/15/2011

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.

HopHead84, Jul 16, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

d4114, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a taster (about 4 oz) of this on tap at the brewery recently, but this review is from a "Prowler" (1 liter growler) that I bought and brought to a tasting event. The review is from notes.

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: The beer pours a dark hazy near black, with mahogany brown highlights. The was a nice chocolate brown, about a quarter to half inch, with left nice coating lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, mild smoke, and a kiss of rye spice.

T: A nice layer or two of different sweet roasted malts, toasted biscotti, cappuccino, milk, chocolate.

M: Full and creamy, with an almost milk quality, as a lot of Hess beers have, light to medium carbonation.

O: Very good and Solid Imperial stout. Having this beer makes me sad, since I live so far from Hess, and they don't yet bottle or keg their beers being a Nano brewery. Looking forward to having this again next time I get down to San Diego, though not sure how often it will be made.

Retsinis, Apr 18, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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t0rin0, Jan 03, 2011
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Ex Umbris from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
92 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.