Long, Dark Voyage To Uranus - Sawdust City Brewing Company
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev +10.5%
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!
02-08-2013 23:22:45 | More by hopsolutely
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
(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.
11-03-2013 00:54:23 | More by Digimaika2
4.11/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
11-08-2013 22:48:21 | More by polloenfuego
4/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-17-2014 13:42:43 | More by BeerWatcher
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-27-2012 00:53:24 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
11-26-2013 01:38:00 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
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?
11-22-2013 16:27:10 | More by mtomlins
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
11-22-2013 01:12:43 | More by mick303
3.86/5 rDev -0.8%
Long, Dark Voyage to Uranus does indeed look like an exploration of deep space: pitch black, entirely lightless, utter darkness, not a single sign of life. You get the picture. All that typical Imperial Stout stuff (conveniently set to theme). No head persist but oyster mushroom-like patterns of lace have sprung from somewhere.
I can usually gauge how much I'll enjoy a beer simply from smelling it; when it provokes an ear to ear smile such as this one did, that's generally a good sign. The fact that this bouquet, so rich in coffee, dark chocolate and hops, reminds me of Great Divide's Yeti (one of my all-time favourite imperial stouts), that's undoubtedly a great thing.
First impressions last... but not forever. The beer isn't quite as profound on the palate as it was in the aroma. The notions of coffee liqueur, chocolate fondue, and piney hoppiness are present still but diminish slightly with each sip; air and warmth reveal an imperial stout that doesn't quite pack the punch or have the lasting power of others similar to it.
Nonetheless, the mouthfeel reveals a beer with the characteristics of a rich Belgian truffle, a brush of astringency like that of Italian espresso, and the spruce-y, tree-like aura of a Pacific Northwest forest. Maybe add just a wisp of smokiness and a trace of black licorice too. Alcohol is surprisingly present for its percentage (9%) but it works for this profile.
Long, Dark Voyage to Uranus is far from the best beer in this universe, but don't let its silly name fool you - Sawdust City means serious business. It is a roasty-bittersweet-hoppy adventure and there's hardly a more winning combination in all of beer than that. It's offerings like this one (and its barrel-aged variations) that are sure to take the brewery's success to infinity - and beyond.
01-30-2014 06:19:32 | More by biegaman
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
On cask at C'est What.
Beer is totally black with a very very thin tan head. Almost no head really, though that is likely a function of the pour. The bit that is there sticks around for awhile.
I got almost no scent at all off this beer. A bit of roasted malt and little else. Seemed nice enough, but hard to notice.
The taste, however, is quite good. Lots of roasted malt, a little bit smoky. Quite bitter with a bit of an anise flavour. Quite bitter for an imperial stout, though it worked well. Not a particularly complex stout, but enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is fantastic. A nice full body, quite thick like an imperial stout should be. A bit oily. Very low carbonation, great cask feel.
Overall, though the smell was basically non-existent, this was otherwise quite a good imperial stout. I would be happy to see this one again- hope it becomes a regular in the brewery's lineup.
02-04-2012 19:38:14 | More by jrenihan
Long, Dark Voyage To Uranus from Sawdust City Brewing Company
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