Imperial Honey Stout - Pax Bräu
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Reviews by boddhitree:
4.9/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
I like the imagery on the label. The bee & honeycomb, the crown symbolizing Imperial, and the Union Jack, well, at least the label is an Imperial Honey Stout.
At the bottom of the label, the ingredients listed are water, barley malts, honey, roasted barley, Challenger, Golding, Smaragd & Pacific Gem. A very nice list, if I say so. 7.4%
Appearance: A dark tan head sits above an ink black beer where absolute no light can pass through.
Aroma: With all those different hops in the ingredient list, you'd expect something to come through, but I get some bitterness from hops, but mostly, I get roasted malts, molasses some alcohol notes, and... rauch (smoked) malt. It smells like it's got a lot of black malts, roasted malts (Carafa?) and little honey. It's a very complex aroma, not just like a stout, but the smoke malt aroma is quite pronounced.
Flavor: In the front, lots of bitterness from hops and malts. It tastes like some black and chocolate malts were used, but also the hops are strong in the front. In the middle I get the first real stout flavors, bitter black malts, rauch and roasted malt and burnt sugar flavors. In the sides of the tongue, there's sweetness of chocolate malt and typical stout bitterness. In the back... this is where the WOW comes out. It's sweetness of honey, and lots of rauch malt, tasting also like a whisky. The aftertaste is bitter-sweet and smokey. This is a WOW WOW beer.
Overall, it's definitely a stout, but also it's got wonderful, strong black malt bitterness with rauchmalz mixed in. After a number of beers in the last few months from the Bierkalender without any of Pax's signature smoke malt flavors, it's great to see it come back with a bang. This is the perfect blend of Fränkische and British styles, and with all those hops, though relatively unnoticeable, it lends a sweetness and complexity that is really delicious.
Mouthfeel: Just like you'd expect in a stout: thick and enveloping. WOW.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2013 20:10:18 | More by boddhitree
Imperial Honey Stout from Pax Bräu
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