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

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87
very good

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

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3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of MeadEater
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with little head, but slowly creeps out as a dark brown inch of carpet thick foam.
So black and thick it blocks light against a bare bulb.
Congested, can't smell it.
Big roasted coffee and dark chocolate upfront; ash, burnt vegetables, raisins, hiding in there. Leaves a strong hop bitterness after swallowing. Hides the alcohol well, but still settles into the stomach with that "warming" tingle.
Something about it reminds me of a hot dog I left over the campfire too long but ate because I'm not making another! ... But a great example of the style, on the stronger side of every aspect.

Photo of tbeckett
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nullbort
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
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.

Photo of valianes
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DenisKolkin
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.

Photo of DaveBar
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $5.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in 1min. Very dark almost black color

S- Oodles of smoky, malty goodness.

T- Smoky good. Lots of malt and character. No heat at all. Chocolate and coffee abound but the chalkiness does come at the end. Coco is not a good way to flavor an RIS as far as I am concerned

M- Dry believe it or not. Good creaminess but it's not a creamy RIS like many others in the group.

O- Nice blend. Have an old one from two years ago so I will do a vertical soon and report back.

Food Paring

This nice little RIS bit right through...... General Tso's chicken!

Enjoy

Photo of Jaisell
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cycle69
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
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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4.14/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BeerWatcher
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $8 or so

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size light brown coloured head. It's too dark to see the carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, chocolate/coffee, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate, coffee, and malts. There is also some hops, some burnt/roasted notes and a graininess.

Overall - A fair amount of bitterness on the aftertaste which can be a tad harsh. Still some nice chocolate flavour and a decent mouthfeel. Maybe a touch thin for a RIS. An above average brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Long, Dark Voyage To Uranus from Sawdust City Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.