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Cosmos - Enlightenment Ales

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87
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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danafr4

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

How do you put numbers on a beer?

A good, stouty-looking beer. Black, but with ruby highlights. Clear - no sediment or haze.

The aroma has a bit of roast, but hardly overwhelming. A bit of fruit in the nose as well.

This thing tastes unlike anything I've had. Not stouty in the any traditional sense, but a good, somewhat subtle roast followed by a fruitiness that blends perfectly with the roast... you really have to try it.

Good mouthfeel. a little belgian in that it's not syrupy thick, but a bit more thin. Plenty of carbonation.

Love it. Unlike any beer I've had, though it stands outside it's technical guidelines just a bit - though who's counting?

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 21:51:16 | More by danafr4
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-07-2013 16:22:43 | More by aorloski
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pveilleux

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-16-2013 03:56:50 | More by pveilleux
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Apathetiq

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-16-2013 23:31:44 | More by Apathetiq
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parris

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-12-2013 00:32:32 | More by parris
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hreb

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 03:02:53 | More by jlindros
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-08-2013 01:52:53 | More by kaelingirl
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-02-2013 03:20:12 | More by AdamP
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

01-11-2013 03:34:25 | More by rab53
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-19-2014 01:51:26 | More by PatGreer
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Dope for sending me this!

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.

Taste is fairly bitter chocolate, blueberry/fruit again...fudgy, light nuttiness, maybe a hint of coffee or hint of vanilla. Fairly dry/bitter overall. No extreme flavors but very well balanced and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, super thick and fudgy, great carbonation, still good drinkability though.

Wonderful stout overall, excellent mouthfeel, very well balanced flavor, very well crafted.

8.4/10

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 02:14:40 | More by AlexFields
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very fresh bottle, just hit the shelves. Batch #3.

A: Pours a dark brown, not quite black. Huge and foamy dense light brown head. Head fades away very slowly, leaving an island of foam. Great retention. Nice thin but widespread lacing too.

S: Nice char with some toasty notes - very pretzel-like in fact. Maybe some caramel in there? Sometimes I feel like there's coffee in there but I think it's mainly char. Simple but pleasant.

T: Again, roasty char up front but with some really nice dark fruit notes. Grape, maybe even cherry? Fruit softens up the char nicely along with some caramel sweetness. Middle is char and that toasty element again. Again, kinda like burnt toast or pretzels. Almost like burnt oatmeal now that I think of it. Char turns a bit bitter and acrid in the finish. No overly so but the sweetness has dropped away by this point. Lingering burnt toast/pretzel in the aftertaste which is a touch drying.

M: Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Pretty smooth body, borderline creamy. A little drying in the finish.

O: Huh, a very interesting FES. Heavy on the char, it would be too much but the soft dark fruitiness really mellows it out and integrates well. Definitely a well attenuated beer, little sweetness with a dry finish. Goes down very easily with a smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 05:44:34 | More by Dope
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-14-2013 01:42:33 | More by trevorpost
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Cath

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-02-2014 15:36:24 | More by Cath
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-20-2014 00:40:40 | More by polishkaz
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ibeerbarron

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-29-2014 02:28:47 | More by ibeerbarron
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Kataco16

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-24-2014 15:04:27 | More by Kataco16
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-03-2013 16:00:08 | More by waiting4lunch
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agreenman19

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-12-2013 01:06:25 | More by agreenman19
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DBosco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-26-2013 05:37:11 | More by DBosco
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TobiasG

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-26-2013 20:25:35 | More by TobiasG
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-24-2013 21:08:18 | More by PEIhop
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doctorjack

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-12-2014 23:27:03 | More by doctorjack
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-01-2014 12:20:12 | More by petermethot
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Cosmos from Enlightenment Ales
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