Don't Harsh My Mellow
Odd Side Ales

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,638
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #16,752
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 4.91%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
16
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Odd Side Ales
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
92
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Don't Harsh My MellowDon't Harsh My Mellow
Notes: Imperial stout brewed with smoked malt, chocolate, and vanilla then aged in bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 16 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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superspak from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/16/2019. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, graham cracker, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness. Mild booze in the aromas as it warms, but no overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/smoked/bready malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, graham cracker, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, graham cracker, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, dark/brown bread, coconut, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked/bready malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 11%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged pastry stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked/bready malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Fantastic soft/silky feel for the ABV. Fantastic balance of super rich malts, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon barrel presence/integration; with mild earthy hops and fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with lingering bitter/tannic dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example as expected of the brewery. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

Jan 19, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a thick foamy head. Strong chocolate aroma. Good boozy taste but sweet. Booze isn't overpowering but does warm you up. Good mouth feel. I would drink this one a lot if it wasn't so hard to find.

Nov 08, 2019
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oct 25, 2019. 12oz bottle dated 9/6/19. Bought at ML in Birmingham, MI.

Pour: dark brown, small head, little lacing or ring, a few clouds. Nothing special.

Nose: vanilla, maybe some semi-sweet chocolate. A little dark fruit and slight booziness.

Taste : chocolate, vanilla, a little booze burn. Some plum/raisin/dark fruit sweetness. Ok, so I’m swayed by the label but there’s some marshmallow taste and mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, slight oiliness and, noted above, a distinct marshmallow feel.

Overall: not great but interesting enough to try once or twice. I’ve got a second aging so will see how that is. Overall, worth a try.

Oct 26, 2019
Don't Harsh My Mellow from Odd Side Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 16 ratings