Cosmos - Enlightenment Ales
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3.29/5 rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
"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.
Gets better as it warms. Serve chilled at the coldest.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2013 04:57:28 | More by kojevergas
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A-Pours very dark, nearly black. Head is a full, brown mass of foam.
S-Dark coffee and a bit of burnt malt. Dark chocolate or even cocoa powder. Burnt caramel.
T-Burnt coffee, some dark cooked fruit, roast and char. Bitter dark chocolate. Some root beer flavor.
M-Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Alcohol hidden effectively.
O-A roasty, bitter stout with plenty of flavor. Another good beer from Enlightenment.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2014 21:59:41 | More by VelvetExtract
Cosmos from Enlightenment Ales
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.