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Infinite Darkness - Oxbow Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 29
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: millionsuns on 06-27-2014

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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 7
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Photo of millionsuns
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Released on a random Thursday with no warning other than a Facebook mention, so took a pleasant drive up to Cowshit Corner to check out the scene. Picked up two bottles along with a growler of Grizacca. Popped a friend's bottle later that evening.

Tiny head on a pitch black surface - infinitely dark, you might say. (Ba-da-bump.) Thin molasses.

Huge punch of refined boozy apples on the nose, with the slight burn that comes from sniffing brandy...and this wasn't even in a snifter - small pint-shaped 12-oz glass. Nosefeel was a slam dunk with the roast intermingling with the zing of the brandy.

Given the nose, you might rightfully expect a brandy burn on the tongue, but no such thing. Gorgeous coverage of the front of the palate with soft apples over the roast of the malts. Perfect balance - not a visceral experience, like bobbing for apples in a tank of brandy barrel-aged stout, but a slow hayride through layers of complexity. The oak is present, with applewood, grass, soft-shelled nuts, and some floral aspects.

My first thought was, holy cow, this polite bastard is going to age beautifully. It's lovely as is, but get a bit of age here and all the subtle flavors will bulk up and punch you in the gullet - and I'm sure the balance will maintain just fine. The stout by itself would be a hit, but the apple brandy was a genius choice for aging here. Unique doesn't begin to explain it.

Oxbow's wheelhouse has long been the farmhouse funk we all know and love, so they had no business making a stout this good. This kind of versatility is the mark of a world class brewery.

Photo of iong516
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Absolutely agree w million suns, great mouthfeel and integration of flavors. Oxbow doesn't disappoint, and I hope they continue barrel aging stouts because Infinite Darkness is incredible.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Medium khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Bright fruitiness. Some apple brandy, but it's light. Dark roast.

Taste - Much more apple brandy here. Sharp liquor flavor. Roasty malt. Sharp woodiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and kinda boozy. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's interesting, but it doesn't quite play out. The beer is to sharp in its flavor profile.

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black and watery. Good barrel character. Thin, watery and slightly boozy. Weird tartness. Seems a tad off.

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey breakfast.

Nice creamy thick but smaller head, decent lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose big dark charred malt, roasty black malts, charred barrel, big roasty slight acrid, nice brandy and toasty barrel, bit of fusel booze , coffee syrup, light fudgey cocoa.

Taste brings syrupy dark malts, little roasty and charred black malt, heavy fudgey cocoa, coffee syrup. Nice barrel, little charred barrel with vanilla and nice brandy, little brandy booze too, mild fusel alcohol. Finish is sweet syrupy, more booze tingle, more mild barrel notes and thick dark malts.

Mouth is full bod, little boozy and syrupy, decent carb.

Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Very nice imperial stout. Apple brandy aroma and flavor is prominently featured and mixes well with the base beer. There is also a nice oak barrel presence. Medium body with silky mouthfeel. The alcohol is a little hot. I'm going to sit on my second bottle for awhile because I think its a good candidate for aging.

Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey 2015 Stoutfest breakfast. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a dark brown almost black hue with a thin head that fades to leave a thin halo. Really nice legs.

S - Aromas of harsh brandy booze, little fusel, acrid roast, light chocolate, sweet fruits.

T- Taste is more strong alcohol, acrid roast, coffee, apple brandy, oak, sweet fruit, char, light esters.

M - Mouthfeel is harsh, yet, the alcohol is not upfront. Somewhat syrupy.

O - Overall this was a tasty, fun beer just for me that fusel alcohol thing going on really hurt it.

Serving Type: On tap

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Infinite Darkness from Oxbow Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.