Throwback Fat Alberta Imperial Stout - Throwback Brewery
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4.85/5 rDev +32.5%
Was lucky enough to get the last bottle at Berts. Poured into a tulip.
A- Rich dark brown, almost black. Beautiful brown head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is minimal.
S- Smells a bit more esthery than I expected, but when you get behind that initial booze smell it opens up to roasted peanuts, sweet cocoa nib, and malty goodness. The smell makes me think of the texture of of the peanut butter in a Recces Cup for some reason.
T- The roasted peanuts dominate, but not in an overpowering way. The toasted notes on the peanuts carry all the way from the front to back of the taste. They are mellowed, and complimented with the bitter sweetness of the nibs. This leaves the aftertaste of peanut butter...without being overtly peanut buttery. Its awesome!
M- The mouth feel is my favorite part of this beer. Its full, and complex, and as you drink it you can taste all the complexities of the beer as it moves from the front of your mouth all the way through the after taste. The after taste makes me feel as if I should have peanut skin stuck in my teeth.
I love this beer. I had been anticipating its release for sometime, and was not disappointed in the least. When I asked Bert what he thought he replied "have you ever had a Funny Bone?" That sums this beer up to me for some reason. However, I'd take Alberta over a Funny Bone every day of the week, and twice on Sunday.
11-29-2011 22:09:00 | More by drouss48
4.1/5 rDev +12%
Presentation: Bomber bottle, one of two bottles I got at the release, poured into my Bruery tulip after being chilled.
Appearance: Pitch black in color with a nice, creamy two finger head. Recedes into a nice lacing.
Aroma: Peanut dust and shell are definitely dominant in the nose. A touch of alcohol presence that really wanes as it warms. The peanut notes really assert far more than the chocolate.
Taste: Peanut butter and peanut shells are definitely there. A touch of bitter cocoa nibs and chocolate malt and caramel. I really am starting to enjoy this more as it warms. Really smooth.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied, pretty spot on.
Overall, an interesting take on an imperial stout. Not sure if it comes together completely as I hoped, but I like it certainly. I definitely am looking forward to more new Throwback beers.
11-21-2011 02:43:34 | More by Gosox8787
4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
Fills the glass with an absolute pitch black stout body and a foamy but short-lived tan head.
Initial aroma provided strong chocolate and roasty notes but as those dispersed the peanut butter notes really started to come through. From this point forward it's almost all peanut with just a little room left for the cocoa.
I was a bit skeptical at first when buying this beer but am pleasantly to surprised to see it delivers on all accounts. Fearing that the peanut butter would be too strong, it's nice to have a strong roasted note to remind you this is a stout at heart. Cocoa nibs add their touch but aren't quite as sweet as expected and naturally pair well with the peanutty goodness.
Mouthfeel is thick but smooth and well rounded. Overall, this beer makes for a nice treat for dessert but it's boldness makes it a one and done kinda beer.
11-30-2011 00:27:59 | More by Kinsman
4.04/5 rDev +10.4%
Appearance - Thick black with a 1 inch soft/fluffy brown/cream colored head. The head disappears rather quickly and thins out to a thin outer ring around the glass.
Aroma - Smells of chocolate and peanut butter with a bit of roasted malts as well. Unable to detect any of the hop flavors that you make expect from a 78 IBU beer.
Taste - Peanuts up front followed by roasted chocolates. Slight bit of bitterness from the hops.
Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy to start. As the beer warms up, the body becomes a little bit thinner and feels smoother/silkier on the tongue. Tends to leave a sticky sensation around the month as well.
Overall - A good beer from a local brewery. Worth a try, but not a must have each year it is released.
01-02-2014 17:21:41 | More by ChrisL24481
4.04/5 rDev +10.4%
The beer pours a nice, midnight black with no light coming through. It pours with a head of tiny bubbles the color of a nice sandy khaki, bordering on orange. The head is a light scrim but still has a little height to it, and it leaves lines of thin and droopy lacing along the glass. The beer’s body is completely indistinguishable due to the beer’s dark coloring. On the nose, the beer smells of deep roasty peanuts with a nice touch of chocolate. The peanut smell is tremendously strong, tipping briefly into vegetal notes with touches of briny salt. It’s not the best smell right as it hits your nostrils, but as you smell further it becomes quite inviting. On the tongue the beer tastes chocolate sweet with a roasty bitter balance to the beer, and some slight saltiness from the peanuts. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet chocolate, which is immediately muscled aside by rich, homemade peanut butter flavors. I say homemade because the actually nutty flavor of the peanuts is beautifully present beside the richer flavors of cream. Salt and touches of herbal grass are also present on the tongue, but the peanuts are the main flavor here, and they are gracefully blanketed by a light flavor of milk chocolate. The finish is big peanuts, salt, and then a lingering creamy chocolate flavor that creates the aftertaste. In the mouth, the beer feels thick and creamy in body with a nice chewy mouthfeel and a soft, velvety carbonation with just a light bite. The mouth is left wet, but peanut dry on the very middle of the tongue. My only complaint is that I want this beer a little thicker. Overall, this is a hell of a unique beer. A peanut lovers’ beer for sure, with enough chocolate to interest the Reese’s lovers, too. It makes a great dessert beer, and would probably pair beautifully with vanilla ice cream. This is a beer for dessert, so don’t go trying to session it. Definitely a beer to try, and a great beer from Throwback.
08-04-2013 22:30:25 | More by Maxwell
Throwback Fat Alberta Imperial Stout from Throwback Brewery
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