Snake Eyes Imperial Stout - West Sixth Brewing Company
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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by barczar:
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an opaque black brown with a half inch burnt caramel head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving little lacing and eventually no film.
Aroma is dominated by roast malt, chocolate, coffee grounds, and a bit of alcohol. Tar and tobacco add complexity. Nutty notes surface as it warms.
Flavor begins with a touch of roast malt, complemented well by a huge hit of chocolate, reminiscent of malted milk balls. The roast character carries into mid palate, where nutty flavors emerge, lingering into the slightly bitter coffee finish. There's a touch of an acrid flavor present. Alcohol is also evident.
Body is somewhat heavy, but less than expected for the style, with minimal carbonation and an alcohol warmth that lingers long after the glass is empty!
Overall, a bit more bitter and less complex than I'd hoped for. Alcohol warmth is overwhelming.
Serving type: on-tap
06-05-2012 23:34:31 | More by barczar
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: Pours an inky, opaque black with a creamy, thin tan mousse that sticks around longer than expected.
S: Mild on the nose, with fleeting aromas of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla bean noticeable. Unlike some other imperial stouts, there is no trace of alcohol on the nose.
T: Notes of heavy cream, vanilla bean, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, black cherry, rum raisin, roasted grain, and mildly earthy, bitter, herbal hops wash across the palate. The finish is long, seductive, and smooth with cream, coffee, herbal hop, and semi-sweet dark chocolate flavors merging with mellow, warming alcohol.
M: Full in body, velvety, smooth, creamy, chewy, and a bit syrupy. This is definitely not the driest imperial stout that one will encounter. Carbonation is gentle and very discreet. Alcohol is, of course, noticeable, but is very muted for the style. Don't expect any trace of burn in your throat when drinking this beer.
O: I'm becoming more used to American imperial stouts that assault the nose and palate with assertive, fruity, resinous hops and an almost charred, burnt toast graininess, but West Sixth avoids these overwhelming qualities with Snake Eyes, instead crafting a remarkably balanced imperial stout with a great integration of aromas and flavors. In some respects, I could see this ale being classified as a Russian Imperial Stout, as I found it to be somewhat reminiscent of some of the English classics (Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout immediately came to mind as I was sipping this). Try this one with a good cigar or a steak.
Serving type: growler
06-25-2012 14:34:58 | More by mrfrancis
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A massive imperial stout, chocked full of roasty, malty, and alcohol complexities- as sane as West Sixth's flagship beers are, their imperial series pulls no such punches.
Snake Eyes pours the darkest of dark brown, easily mistaken for black with an onyx glossy appearance. Capped by a rich and creamy tan head, the beer laces wonderfully with broken rings with each sip of the glass.
Strong aromas of creamy roast, espresso, cocoa, bourbony alcohols, wood ash, red and black licorice, charred cherries and currants, molasses, and vanilla all deliver varying aromatic profiles as the beer warms.
Flavors follow suit with the roasty base of slightly scorched molasses, starchy malt, and caramel underpinnings just as the roasted elements weave into espresso, walnut, bittersweet chocolate, and very light smoky elements of burnt woods. Esters and alcohol rise for the intense taste of booze, vanilla, caramel, grilled cherries, vinous grapes, fennel, and peppercorn that all add complexity and balance against the immense malt character.
Tremendous richness provide a chewy texture of oily and moussy malt. Strong alcohols cut through the malt with thinning action and carry with it the underlying acidity of roast grain and fermented tartness. Finishing very warm and slightly numbing, the ale delivers a long lasting roasty alcoholic finish.
Snake Eyes is best suited for a long sitting with great company and a slow palate. I love this kind of beer when throwing on a movie because I won't have to get up often for another.
Serving type: on-tap
06-08-2012 03:35:38 | More by BEERchitect
Snake Eyes Imperial Stout from West Sixth Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.