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Long, Dark Voyage To Uranus - Sawdust City Brewing Co.

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Long, Dark Voyage To Uranus
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sawdust City Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: jrenihan on 02-04-2012

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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken during a tap takeover at Imbibe (Kitchener) last night:

My first time enjoying this Ontario RIS and thought it was very well brewed - a beer I'll definitely seek out again.

Visuals were the weakest sense, pouring a near-black with little head or lacing. A beautifully complex and smoky aroma of cocoa, chocolate and coffee and all the goodness one would hope from a decent RIS. Lots of roasted dark, chocolate malts with underlying tannins. The flavour starts on the sweet side but ends with a refreshingly bracing bitterness. Nicely balanced and complex enough to be interesting.

Well done, Sawdust City!

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4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Near pitch black with a thin creamy and bubbly head that quickly recedes to a ring with lacing in spots.

(4.0) S: Lots of dark chocolate, dark bitter coffee, quite fruity as well, figs/dates, and caramel. Nice mix of roasted malt and fruits (rich plums, tart pears) with a smooth aroma.

(4.25) T: Plentiful dark chocolate, dark coffee bean, dark fruits, and caramel. Dark chocolate is the primary focus. Velvety smooth with ample bitterness and finishes dry similar to an irish stout. Alcohol is hidden. Scary drinkable.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Incredibly creamy and rich. Faintly sticky.

(4.0) D: Sawdust City has impressed me with their offerings so far and this is no exception. I have to say this is one of the best Ontario-made imperial stouts I’ve had from the LCBO. Happy to see this in the store and will be picking some more up.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on World Stout Day 2013

This beer poured a deep dark brown that was almost impervious to light. There was a thin one finger head that broke down quickly leaving some nice lacing. The smell was chocolate and coffee with malts and molasses. Some dark fruits present as well. The taste was close to the smell with the coffee and chocolate being forward. The mouth feel was creamy and nice with medium carbonation.

Overall, a nice stout. I found the flavor full and enjoyable. The alcohol was well hidden in this, though you could feel it a bit after a few minutes. Easy to drink and worth getting again.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very happy that Hopsolutely was able to grab a couple of these for me. Been impressed with Sawdust City so far, so looking forward to this one.

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 60
OG: 21.4
FG: 5.0
SRM 2.75 Billion
Hops: Magnum & Centennial
Yeast: California Ale
Brewed at Black Oak

APPERANCE: Pours transparent black and yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with excellent retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thicker cap and coats the sides of the glass with thick lacing. A splotchy wisp remains leaving lots of nice lacing the whole way down. Could be more opaque perhaps, but definitely good. Dark head as well.

SMELL: Roasted barley, chocolate, dark chocolate, with plenty of citrus hops on the nose from the centennial additions. Notes of caramel and cocoa powder under the roasted barley. Bold and quite hoppy for the style.

TASTE: Very roasted and somewhat burnt up front. Caramel and chocolate at the swallow with a bold and very persistent aftertaste of burnt and roasted malts, bitter chocolate, bitter citrus hops and piney flavors as well. Very bitter, hoppy and roasted with dark chocolate flavors as well. Flavorful and enjoyable for sure.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry for the style. Enough weight for sure. Fuller side of medium bodied with plenty creaminess. Drier perhaps, but still a 1.019 FG on this one.

OVERALL: Pretty good stuff. Very bitter and somewhat drier for the style, but lots of good stuff going on. Roasted and chocolaty flavors with plenty of citrus hop flavor from the centennial. Some might say that it odd, but it works here and I rather enjoyed it. A bit less bitterness might help make this a more menacing imperial stout, but as it is, I very much enjoyed this whole thing. Thanks again Hopsolutely! Would love to drink more of this if it comes out again.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find it to be chocolatey but not sweet. Strange but true. Kind of like the sensation of eating very dark chocolate, but also with a definite alcohol infusion, but again not in a sweet way. I'd also describe it as "hot" as you can definitely taste the alcohol in this thing.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Volo. While not the prime example of an IS, it keeps on drinking/sipping with just good ingredients: licorice, chocolate,vanilla and roast. The roast may be interpreted as coffee, but it was within the range of coffee that does notd istract my taste buds. Black with small retained off-white head. Good roast aroma.

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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.

This beer is dark – jet black – and thick with a short dark mocha head that leaves considerable lacing as it settles to a creamy collar. The nose is heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate and hot alcohol. The flavor follows suit and is dominated by dry, bitter qualities, dark roasted malts, tight coffee and a wack of bittering hops. It starts off with some malty sweetness, by finishes very dry, bitter and very alcoholic. It does have a pleasant full mouthfeel. I would be curious if a bit of age would soften this monster out?

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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber into a tulip glass, has a nice dark tan head over a jet black body, this retains a quite impressive amount of lace and bubbly film given the style, less oily appearance, looks great. 4.25
S – notes of dark figs and bitter dark chocolate, rich chocolatey fudge, with a strong roasty dark malt, dark coffee, with some vanilla also, a rich and decadent nose that is fairly expected but less assertive than some examples. 4
T – layers of chocolate, milk and dark initially, lots of dark malt, with a dark fruity fig character, mild creaminess pervades it, some of the strong herbal hops come in, pine antiseptic, chili, cuts the creamy chocolate with a solid spice character, then leads to a spicy dry finish. It is really tasty, the chocolate, coffee start is nice and then transitions into a full bitter-pepper that is a bit aggressive but works well enough, 3.75
M – full bodied, nice thick feel, but with a slight creamy start before it gets plenty of bitter-spicy, slight carbonation as appropriate, and it is very satisfying with an alcohol presence that is slight but spicy and warming. 4
Certainly a beer worth having a go at if you see it, I also appreciate the comedic name and also especially the recipe details on the bottle, well done Sawdust for this, its my first beer from them and I was impressed by this, a good hearty bitter RIS, pretty awesome flavour profile and drinkability, it could be better I think if the balance was finetuned (tone down the spice) and allowed some more rich complexity to come through, otherwise a really solid offering. Think it would be worth trying to age it and see what happens.

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3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Poured a deep inky black with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S - Rich roast, sweet chocolate and molasses. Very robust nose.

T - Sweet chocolate and molasses, bitter roast and lighter hints of anise and smoke with slightly warming alcohol throughout. A long, bitter, dry finish.

M - Full body. Sludgy. Light carbonation.

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Long, Dark Voyage To Uranus from Sawdust City Brewing Co.
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