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Cosmos - Enlightenment Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.82%


Brewed by:
Enlightenment Ales visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2013)
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hreb

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As a long time regular of Ben Howe's at CBC I was very excited to finally try my first Enlightenment ale. This is a 750mL bottle (capped only) of their beer #3, batch #1. I'm serving it in a wide-mouthed wine glass, chilled. It pours a dark, murky brown and forms a totally opaque solution in the glass, with a pleasing chestnut head. Oh, and the aroma attacks the senses from the instant you open the bottle: coffee with some slightly funky notes, and a little bit fruity/grapey. Pretty heady aroma.

Initially the flavor is rich like the smell, roasty with coffee flavors. Through the middle it's much milder, more like a porter, very well balanced, and with a relatively light mouthfeel. Carbonation is present but well controlled. Then comes a few more layers of flavor: there's an extremely subtle sweetness, treacle maybe, followed by a mild fruit sourness. I want to say grapefruit peel. And in the aftertaste there's just enough dryness/bitterness. There's no overpowering oakiness from the port barrels purportedly (from the website) used for this beer, either. I love oaked beers but I'm often wary of anything aged in wine barrels as the wine barrel flavors tend to dominate. But there's no such problem here.

The net result is that this beer keeps bringing you back for another sip. I realize beeradvocate recently rolled out a new rating system, but I'm going to go oldschool on this one: this beer gets a 5.0 for *drinkability*. Even though the flavor is very good but not amazing, it's really, really enjoyable, and the ABV doesn't get in the way at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 04:29:33 | More by hreb
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Batch #5

Pours a nice big dark mocha colored thick creamy rich 1.5 finger head that fades pretty slowly, lots of lacing lining the sides and leaves a nice layer of lacing, pitch black beer, pretty much no light getting through this sucker!

Nose brings a nice dark malt, mocha, cocoa powder, some black malt and a nice char, a bit of a roasty dark malt presence, pretty much everything dark, also a bit of a very dark bitter chocolate and bit of a baker's choc, caramel, fluffy nougat, and hint of earthy hops.

Taste brings more of the same, tons of dark malts. Some roast with a little char, mild charred black malt and a nice roasty flavor, some fluffy nougat and nice carafa malt I believe, lots of dark chocolate and cocoa too, very dark bitter chocolate and baker's too. A mild tannic char, as well as nice caramel and even a little fudgey note. Almost chewy with a nice creamy feel, some oats as well, and very light warming booze. Some mild earthy spicy hops in there too with some decent bitterness from both the hops and charred malts. Finish is drier, a bit more warming booze too, more dark malts, mild roasty, dark chocolate, nougat and caramel, chewy oats, etc.

Mouth is fuller bod, not too heavy though nice fluffy feel, nice carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall quite nice, lots of dark malts all over the place, roasty and mild char without being acrid or too tannic, nice fluffy feel, light and airy but still big bodied with just a hint of booze, still drinkable and quite tasty. Another winner for Enlightenment, really liking these guys, just wish the Brut special wasn't so expensive so I could try that.

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"Export Stout." Reviewed as such. 7.5% ABV confirmed. "Enlightment Ales No 3." 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with unbranded copper pressure cap and decent label art acquired in a trade with ICCULIS and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours almost entirely foam - four fingers wide (out of a possible five) in my small Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip. Khaki-tan in colour. Nice creaminess. Decent frothiness. Plump. Soft smooth complexion. Somewhat fluffy. Light inconsistent lacing as the head slowly recedes. Head retention is extraordinary - about 10 minutes.

Body colour is an opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty good for the style overall. Not unique or special, but definitely above average. No overt flaws are immediately evident.

Sm: Dark malts, chocolate malt, caramel. Marshmallow. Buried indistinct roast. Oats are dominant. Light cocoa powder. Very vague light hints of port - not sure why I'm getting that. Some light milky maybe even lactic notes. Treacle. Hints of molasses. No yeast or hop character is detectable, nor is any alcohol. Somewhat powdery as though spiced. A mild strength aroma.

T: Powdery, with cocoa dust delivering a soft kick. Treacle, caramel, and very light molasses. I get some sort of powdery spice - almost like an extremely weak curry powder; strange. Dark malts and chocolate malt fill out the body. Not getting any actual chocolate, though. No coffee here. Definitely oats. Pretty average duration and intensity of flavour. Fairly balanced, but there isn't much complexity or subtlety here. Some might mistake the powdery character for earthiness. It doesn't feel as neat or cohesive as it ought to.

Mf: Smooth, wet, powdery. Maybe a biteen chewy. Overcarbonated. Decent thickness. Decent body. Fair presence on the palate, but it's not great. Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, or scratchy, or boozy. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for what it is. I wouldn't get it again. Glad to have tried it once, but it's far from great. A nice attempt at the style, but it falls far short of the best examples of the style. Hides its ABV well. A likable brew from Enlightenment, but I doubt I'd recommend it to friends. It could certainly use more cohesion and focus.

Low B-

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Pours jet black, huge thick chocolate colored head leaves substantial lacing. Spot on.

Smells of slightly bitter roast, blueberries and other dark lightly tart fruit, some nuts, some unsweetened cocoa...pretty bitter overall and very nice.

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Cosmos from Enlightenment Ales
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