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

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 18
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4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; packaged Jan 8 2015. Listed at 10.2% and served at cellar temperature.

Pours a murky pitch black hue, capped off with one finger of dense, creamy, dark tan-coloured head. It dissipates slowly over the next five minutes or so, with a thin collar and continuous curtain of lace being the only eventual remnants. On the nose there is a good dose of dark chocolate and molasses, alongside notes of dark roasted coffee beans, licorice, prunes and herbal hops. The aroma is enticing enough, I suppose, but it's still shockingly muted in intensity for such a big beer.

But rest assured, it's all uphill from there - this is a positively delicious stout. Molasses and brown sugar sweetness come through initially, followed up by rich notes of cocoa and coffee liqueur. The bitterness is amped up in the latter half of the sip, with piney, earthy notes that lead into a finish brimming with flavours of baker's chocolate and coffee grounds, as well as hints of anise and smoke. The alcohol is detectable, but well-integrated. Full-bodied, with light carbonation that contributes to the slick, silky smooth mouthfeel - this beer is quite a substantial presence on the palate, and leaves the lips feeling sticky.

Final Grade: 4.31, an excellent A. Long, Dark Voyage to Uranus is definitely my favourite beer in Sawdust City's impressive portfolio, at least of the ones I've tried. It is sinfully tasty and a total pleasure to drink - a must-try for all Ontario stout fans, in my opinion. This is quite possibly the priciest tallboy I've ever purchased, but it's still pretty good value in my opinion. I purchased two cans, and the other one is going to spend at least a year in the cellar - assuming I can resist the very compelling urge to crack it.

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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +4.6%
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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4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More Russian imperial stouts in cans? Awesome. This beer advertised at 10.2% ABV was purchased from the LCBO for $5.25 CDN. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - the beer in its no so long voyage from the can to my glass, poured a oily jet black color. Even an aggressive pour yielded only a half finger of dark brown head, but it did stay there for a while. While I could go on for a while about the superlatives about how black this beer is, needless to say its among the darkest in color I've tried. Plenty of brown spidery lacing left behind.

Smell - some coffee chocolate truffle mixture, with a liquorice undercurrent and then a floral hoppy aroma lingering in the background. Pretty in testing and a little off the beaten path.

Taste - roasty, but starts bitter and on the hoppy spectrum of things before going full blown coffee and a hint of butterscotch. Then transitions to an earthy flavor with accompanying flavours of liquorice. Reminds me a bit of De Molen X's Baltic porter to be honest. Which is a good thing. Some alcoholic heat noticeable in the back of the throats after a few sips, but little booziness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - not as heavily bodied as you might expect, good carbonation and smooth slick feel that is a bit oily. Not enough sweetness not make it sticky or cloying.

Overall - a very good Russian imperial stout with a slightly hoppier profile than many out there and a very well hidden booze component. Worth a shot, cuz it can't imagine they'll be in stores too long.

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4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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