Momi Hiwa - Avery Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Extreme in every sense, this is the most un-Porter-like Baltic Porter that's ever been experienced. Its insane gravity, sweetness, savory, rum and coconut infusions that kick this whole thing out of orbit. Man, I'm a sap for beers like these.
Its un-beer-like theme starts as the beer pours with the color of dark coffee but the consistency of maple syrup. With no real head to mention, the ale obviously prefers a quite and calm demeanor and brandy-like legging as opposed to head retention and lace. A quick swirl of the snifter provides a inky sheen to release aromas and allow the beer to breath.
All man- the intimidation of aromatics start with heavy chocolate, black-strap molasses and a plethora of burnt sugars for a char-sweetened taste. Then the strong booze note pulls from the sweetness for a pleasantly firm scent of spiced rum, fortified brandy, fine port and aged sherry. Lush with its savory scent- the culmination is nearly meaty with a not-so-mild soy sauce nuance. As the complexities build, a final hint of coconut and oak rise as I head in for that first sip.
Its lavish, succulent taste is fortified with fudge and bold roast coffee backed by molasses, buckwheat and burnt toffee as it provides a stranglehold on the tongue. Only sliced through by the strong alcohol flavors of brandy, rum and sherry wine- those well-aged flavors provide a savory and salty taste to round out the sugars and a spiciness to balance them. Cherries, raisins, plumbs, prunes, figs and dates all pull from the savory darkness and continues to release secrets with every sip. Again, an extended finish of slowly receding sweetness and booze reveals oak, caramel, vanilla and unmistakable coconut.
Much more like a barley liqueur than of beer- the weight of the uncarbonated beer rests weightedly on the tongue to allow all of those strong flavors to seep into the taste buds in unabashed fashion. Viscous and chewy, the beer's boozy sweetness clings to the mouth and resists the urge to any type of closure or finish. Lingering like fine port, the beer easily replaces any desert on the menu and is the perfect closure to any meal of rich cuisine.
Momi Hiwa is a clever ale that bridges the worlds of frigid Baltic regions, tropical islands and zymurgy gone wild. Its certainly a beer that drinks like a meal!
08-15-2013 16:32:17 | More by BEERchitect
2.91/5 rDev -29.5%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with gold foiled-over branded Avery pry-off pressure cap and appealing label art acquired at a Colorado bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its current 92 rating as well as the description - a barrel aged coconut porter? Count me in! Bottled June 04 2013. 17.09% ABV. Production: 283 cases. There's zero indication on the label (or on Avery's website or in news articles on the release of this beer) that this is a baltic porter, so I'm reviewing as an imperial porter since it's high ABV and the label calls it a porter (and an ale).
Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of pale khaki colour. It's disappointingly thin and recedes to a floating ring within 15 seconds. The ring lingers a bit longer, but ultimately head retention is quite poor - though this is excusable at this high an ABV. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass, even when I tilt it.
Body colour is a very dark brown-black; opaque. I'd prefer a more solid jet-black. Clean; no floating yeast particles/sediment is visible. There are no egregious flaws here, but it's far from unique or special for the style. I'm really looking forward to trying it.
Sm: Coconut, dark malts, rum, sugarcane, wood barrel, raisin, a light booziness, fermented fruit, red grape, unrefined/turbinado sugars, and heavy malts I'd associate more with an English barleywine than a porter. The yeast character is hard to ascertain; I'd say the aroma suggests an English character and it's definitely an ale. A sticky and sweet aroma but nevertheless a pleasant one. I'd hoped for some toasty and/or roasty character, but I'm not getting that from the aroma.
No hop profile is detectable. The alcohol is surprisingly tame given the ABV; I'd guess this was 13% at most based on the aroma. There are no off-notes.
An inviting if intimidating aroma of average strength.
T: Sweet sticky rum and sugarcane notes overwhelm the coconut - which doesn't seem to possess any toasted character at all. There's lots of sticky fruit - raisins, grapes, maybe even plum. Coconut is a tough note to incorporate because actual genuine coconut has a very timid flavour (as opposed to coconut extract). Unfortunately, Avery didn't quite figure out how to integrate it well.
Burnt sugars. A kiss of char. Some sherry/brandy touches. Prunes. Some fig. Port wine.
I get plenty of dark English malt character in the foundation, but I'm not finding the chocolate/chocolate malts promised by the label's description. Also, any wood or barrel notes (aside from the boozy rum) are too buried to be noticeable, to the beer's detriment. Certainly on the sweeter side.
As it warms, I pick up marshmallow and a very faint toasty quality.
There's plenty of complexity here, but not as much as you'd expect. Lacks subtlety and intricacy. The rum and coconut do lend it some needed nuance, but this is far from a unique or special flavour profile. Rum and coconut have both been better executed elsewhere (the former by this same brewery). This profile feels a bit messy and certainly lacks balance. The build has a loose cohesion but isn't gestalt. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Overall, I think this is a case where the execution just doesn't deliver on the premise.
No hop or yeast character comes through. I do think the alcohol is very well disguised, as I'd guess this was maybe 11% if I had it blind. Astounding.
There are no off flavours.
Mf: Sticky, chewy, thick, smooth, and wet. That said, as it warms it becomes more dry and chalky - to its detriment.
Well-carbonated. Syrupy. The viscosity is a bit off-putting, and makes me fear this will really decline with age. The texture doesn't accentuate the flavours of the taste particularly well, and isn't ideal for an imperial porter. Execution could be better. Luckily, the booziness is tame.
Not oily, astringent, gushed, or harsh.
Dr: It does hide its ABV pretty well and in that sense it's quite drinkable even though it's obviously a sipper.
This is the kind of flavour profile that could become a nightmare with age. Drink this now if you have one. I hoped and expected to be blown away, but this is far from Avery's finest work. I'm pretty disappointed. It doesn't deliver on the premise and frankly I wouldn't buy it again if I saw it on shelves tomorrow. Not worth trading for. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. I love what they were after but this just isn't up to par. Definitely a dessert beer. It'll be difficult to finish all 12 ounces, but I'll manage - much to my dentist's chagrin.
02-21-2014 02:36:50 | More by kojevergas
3.81/5 rDev -7.7%
bottle pour @ highland tap and burger, #3 in the barrel aged bike tour
Another massive, decadent brew from Avery - unfortunately, I found the coconut to be a bit cloying and we all agreed this was our least favorite of the 5 barrel aged beers on the day (still not a bad thing). Coconut, maple syrup, brown sugar, milk chocolate, rum. A sweet dessert beer, but a bit too sweet for me
10-16-2013 03:51:30 | More by dirtylou
2.28/5 rDev -44.8%
Thanks to tjmodica for sharing this with me.
A: Pours nearly opaque black with just a hint of red highlights around the edges. Kind of a murky color. No head forms, and no lace. This looks inky, muddy and incredibly viscous.
S: Granulated sugar, molasses, burnt malt, wood and soy sauce. Solvent and ethanol like alcohol. Wow, this burns my nose hairs as I take a breath in.
T: Follows the nose. Incredibly sweet. Brown and granulated sugar. Molasses, soy sauce and solvent alcohol.
M/D: A full viscous body. Sticky, oily, and no carbonation. It is like a sugary adhesive sticking to the roof of my mouth. Not enjoyable to drink at all. Sugar and solvent, burning ethanol in the throat. I can only take tiny sips, and then can only get down about an ounce.
What is the point in this? It is not enjoyable at all. Way to sugary sweet and burning alcohol. Neither of us could finish more than an ounce. This is poorly made, and not enjoyable.
07-01-2013 17:36:47 | More by champ103
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
12oz bottle $10.99. I picked this up after hearing the hype and despite being leery after the heat of Uncle Jacobs. Solid choice. Dark, brown color but not quite black. No head. Aroma was sticky chocolate, rum, coconut, sugar, and alcohol of course. Flavor was more chocolate, coconut, booze, sugar. I was actually quite surprised how the sweetness overpowered the alcohol, I had no problem finishing my six ounces. Good stuff.
07-23-2013 04:25:00 | More by ArrogantB
Momi Hiwa from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.