Dark Muse Imperial Stout - Worthy Brewing Co.
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3.71/5 rDev -4.6%
This Double Stout is bottled year-round. I'd like to thank Worthy Brewing for their thoughtful contribution. Aromas resemble fudge, cocoa powder, sweet maple syrup, vinous dark fruits, and oatmeal grains.
The palate introduces itself with a blend of bitter and sweet notes, beginning nice and roasty with hints of chocolate. A sudden onset of hops quickly establishes a classic, herbal character. The middle is soon filled with dark fruits as hops continue to rise into bitterness, reaching toward an appropriate level of 60 IBU's. A strike of sweet caramel flows into hints of coffee, followed by hops that rise up into a sour note that resembles oranges. Malts continue to develop into a dark roast, stopping just short of burnt, closing with touches of oatmeal. The mouthfeel begins creamy, slightly slick with alcohol, holds on with good sustain, then closes with light hop oils that close in pleasant dryness.
I like how the malts and hops attack simultaneously, then things get dark and grainy as it nears closer to the finish. In many ways, I find the flavor closely resembles the aroma. A balanced blend of bitter and sweet hit right on target, then a sour note elevates the body to another level. As for my taste, I could do with a little less fruit, and a little more burnt coffee. The body load lands just slightly lighter than I would prefer, which is something which may be resolved with more malts or less hops. Regardless, this palate of flavor is something to be desired. This satisfies my expectations, and I think the balance is great. I recommend it.
04-06-2014 15:10:00 | More by Beeritual
3.79/5 rDev -2.6%
Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that starts small but expands greatly and looks to have pretty good retention as well. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown that is a mix of this and ruby/burgundy when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing has been left behind so far.
Nose- Somewhat subdued but strong enough to get an idea of what this beer might be like. Light chocolate, cocoa is a little stronger, some roasted malts, and a hint of grain (or what might be oatmeal). Bottle shows a deeper and more bitter chocolate and has a note I can't quite flesh out. Somewhat vinous, a little raisin, maybe some other dark fruit.
Taste- Large amount of fruitiness on the front that ranges from raisins to plums to cherries over a noticeable background that blends both pretty bitter coffee and chocolate. Some woodiness on the finish. Dark fruits have a slight sour quality from their interaction with the back end of the coffee note. Heat is definitely noticeable but spreads itself over the entire flavor profile like a warm blanket. The fruit flavors start to fade into the background and the beer becomes mostly an interplay between the differing bitters of the chocolate and the coffee/roasted malts. I get a sense of oatmeal though I don't this was used. Pretty good solid beer but nothing special. It does seem to indicate that even though Worthy Brewing has some room for improvement, they are capable of it.
Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with fairly light carbonation and a light grittiness on the finish. Light carbonation makes it seem a little fuller than it actually is.
Drinkability- Pretty easygoing and is pretty smooth for a beer that maybe a little too warm. At points, the coffee bitterness is slightly distracting but this is a minor issue. 7 bucks a bomber is pretty good for this type of beer but if I have choose between this and a Stone, it really won't be a choice at all.
Overall- Pretty good, solid beer that shows that Worthy has a pretty good base to start from. If a barrel aged version of this turned out similar to their doppelbock, it could be a really good beer. I would give this a shot and I will definitely try newer versions to see what changes or improvements have been made.
01-26-2014 21:44:18 | More by artoolemomo
Dark Muse Imperial Stout from Worthy Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.