Thor | 5 Seasons Westside

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5 Seasons Westside
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by gford217 on 11-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 7
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Photo of everetends
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the 5 Seasons Westside. Served up in a tulip. They had me a Imperial Stout.

A: Hits the table as a dark black with a little over half a finger of dark tan head on rest on top. The head has some staying power, slowly falling to a thick ring after 10 or so minutes. The beers body is solid black ink, no light getting through this guy. Lace is pretty good, leaving foam all over the glass.

S: Roasty. This has some really nice roasted malt qualities in this. Grains and the Belgian yeast are present in the nose. Little bit of spice and fruit kickin around in here. Mostly what we have is that heavy malt presence with a nice and light chocolate presence, and some dark coffee as well.

T: Pretty much just like the nose. Getting a lot of roasted malt that brings out a little bit of bitterness. The Belgian yeast brings out some spiciness and fruits (dates and a touch of banana at points). Chocolate is super light here as well which is much appreciated. Not too sweet, allows the roasted malt and grains to come up and be enjoyed. Coffee also comes through as fresh and dark, a little bitter. Dig it.

M: Full bodied with a medium carbonation. The carbonation level could have been a little lower for me. It was a little too high for my liking for the style. The carbonation just takes a way a little from the size and weight of the beer. With that said, still very nice and leaves some coating on the palate. Messes with the sweet (lightly) and bitter parts of the palate. Aftertaste is roasted malt and a touch of coffee.

D: Pretty darned good. This was a very easy drinking Impy Stout for lunch time. I was wary getting such a big beer with lunch, but it proved to not be too sweet and just a fine stout. If I wouldn't have been driving, I would have absolutely had more.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of mild roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate. Also present is a good deal of overripe banana aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Up front the stout portion of the beer holds court - smooth roasted malts that aren't overly harsh are joined by dark chocolate. Midway through the sip the Belgian yeast does its part and joins in with hints of banana and general light fruit sweetness. The ending is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was certainly a unique beer and it's the first time I believe I've tasted Belgian flavors that light in such a dark stout. Well worth the shot just for the oddity and it's also a solid beer.

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Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 5 Seasons Westside - described as a Belgian Imperial Stout.

Pours oil-slick black with a big, thick mocha head that doesn't want to go anywhere and leaves excellent lacing.

The aroma certainly straddles the belgian and imperial stout styles. There is plenty of dark roasted malts and chocolate in the background but it's the distinct fruity sweetness that makes things interesting - definitely some fruity esters in the nose and maybe even some bananas from the Belgian yeast.

The taste seems even sweeter than the nose, but the backbone is still made up of roasted malts and cocoa powder. The sweetness takes over though and the finish is a weird combination of toasty malts and sweet Belgian yeast flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of things as far as imperial stouts go. It's probably about right for a Belgian stout, but definitely not as full as I was expecting.

This is certainly a unique take on the style, though I'm not sure the conflicting flavors come together extremely well for me. Still, another very good beer from Crawford.

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Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Near black body with a thin layering of light beige-colored foam. Why, it's downright inky.

Smell: An array of roasted malts all lovingly dunked in cold coffee, dark caramel, and bittersweet chocolate ganache. It's particularly aromatic in terms of yeast derived spicy phenols and fruity esters. Also, some background wafts of alcohol.

Taste: Richly roasty malts with strong coffee tones and a lesser taste of bittersweet chocolate squares. A second or two in, a wave of dark caramel sweetness washes in. The Trappist yeast used has definitely imparted a very spicy, very estery quality to the beer, lending fruit flavors of juicy muscadines and crisp, tart pears as well as subtle tastes of white pepper, licorice powder, and, heck, maybe even a lil' pinch of Chinese Five Spice. The finish is all at once drying, roasty, and warming, with a bit of that spiciness lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Personally, I've never been overly enamored with the mixture of Russian Imperial Stout and phenolic, estery Belgian yeast flavors, but this is still pretty good.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, warm, opaque sable with a fine bubbled butter tan head. Rich, sweet, mocha aroma is more chocolate than coffee and rather sweet, and has a smoky undertone and a hint of brown sugar. Rich, chocolaty flavor has undertones of fine coffee and molasses. It is somewhat sweet but far from cloying. Texture is smooth yet fizzy and lively.

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Thor from 5 Seasons Westside
3.94 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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