Bavarias Best Imperial Stout - Private Landbrauerei Schönram
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4.94/5 rDev +13.6%
Appearance: Inky black, no light getting through this thick looking beer, which is under a dark tan head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma: Mmmm...! lots of black & roasted barley malts, plum-licorice mix, a bit of alcohol, and it wafts up to hit your nose powerfully, even a good 3 inches above the glass.
Flavor: WOW. It matches its aroma perfectly. Up front, I get a decent amount of bitterness and alcohol notes on the tongue, as much from the black malts as the hops. It feels like a barley wine or slightly like whiskey up front, yet it's got thickness like a stout, even on the top of the tongue. In the middle, more bitterness, and the sides you start to get the plums, sour cherry and licorice, toffee, sweet and sour simultaneously. Again, I get a slight alcohol bite, but no hotness, which allows the alcohol to be well hidden behind immense malty flavors. In the back.... "öh mien gott" is the best way to describe it. It's super sweet, but it good way, verging on Belgian territory here. I get even more plums, sour cherry, and licorice, with some black and barley malts, both sweet and still a nice bitterness... in an intensity that's hard to describe. It's a powerful yet comforting, gemütlich feeling from the front to back of the tongue. The aftertaste is still roasted barely and doesn't let up for quite some time. You could put this next to any American or British version of an Imperial Stout proudly and not even need to say it's from Germany, except that its German roots are hidden in the bitterness which tastes more like a German Noble hop rather than a typical British hop, for there's no grassiness, earthiness or spiciness typical of the UK hops; rather, it's got a smoothness in the bitterness that's noticeably present but utterly sublime and incredibly süffig. This is a great aperitif but also a beer I'd like with a German Torte or cake.
Mouthfeel: Thick, I mean a heavy THICKness, verging on motor oil but it still slides down the gullet gracefully with ease.
Overall: super-WOW. I didn't think a German brewery could make this beer, but here it is sitting in my glass, begging to be sipped, allowing me slip into a mellow happiness with an aftertaste that begs me to keep on sipping. What I really like about this beer is constancy of flavor from front to back, exactly the same flavors and no let up in intensity. It's the prefect gray winter-day and night warmer. Is it better than American or British Imperial Stouts? I have no idea, but there's not a note out of place here, no harshness, and though intense, no extreme flavors screaming for attention.
11-16-2013 14:55:20 | More by boddhitree
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