Twelve-Dog | Black Husky Brewing

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Black Husky Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the lower 48, 12-dog racing is king. To honor that tradition, our Imperial Stout uses 12 malts. In harness each dog brings unique personality, providing an unpredictable & exciting ride! A Lead dog guides the adventure and while Rosie is smallest in stature, she has the largest personality and is the natural representative for this intensely flavored, full-bodied beer - a bit over the top as is Rosie.

Added by emerge077 on 06-25-2012

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Reviews by RoamingGnome:
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4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black Husky Twelve Dog Imperial Stout

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) I've said this beer, or that beer pours out like motor oil, and this definitely falls into that category. Thick looking and nearly black. Big milk chocolate head. Nice....

S) Deep roasted malt with milky sweetness. Light coffee, caramel, wood, and earthy hops.

T) A very nice blend of flavors. Mocha coffee, drizzle of caramel, roasty, woody, a little hop bitterness to balance all those malt varieties. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice aftertaste....

M) Full bodied with light carbonation. This was rich and creamy. A smooth brew, with a slightly dry finish. Very nice....

O) Another fine offering from Black Husky. I really enjoyed this start to finish. Better as it warms. Wonder what this might be like if it underwent some barrel aging?

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown in the light and jet black in the glass. Thin layer of mocha tinged foam that never breaks apart. No lace, but the foam has a nice creamy texture and lasts forever.

Aromas of mellow toast, light plum and chocolate sweetness, some roasty notes also. Flavors of coffee, bakers chocolate, ashy charred wood, moderate hop bitterness, soft roast that lingers in the aftertaste. Full flavored and well integrated. Mouthfeel is creamy, though somewhat light bodied, and at times comes off as slightly astringent. Long lingering aftertaste that is slightly dry and bitter, never overly sweet. Overall a nice imperial stout from this tiny brewery, hope to see more from them in the future.

Thanks Jayme for the opportunity to try this!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Poured into a snifter 11/19/2014. So 2 years of age.

A- Dark brown, opaque and nearly black. Nice one finger mocha head with fair retention time, no lacing. [4.25]

S- Roasted malt, chocolate, slight peated smokiness, some oxidation in form of dark fruits, earth. Nice complexity, fairly decent nose. [4]

F- Roast malt, mild smokiness, rye/wheat spice, caramel, hint of vanilla. Strong dark fruit presence seems to reflect oxidation in the 2 years of aging in the bottle. Still, the different malts offer a good bit of complexity.[4]

M- Medium bodied, on the thicker side of the spectrum. Smooth, slightly sticky. Dark fruit, chocolate on the finish. [4]

O- Solid imperial stout, seems like 2 years is as far as I'd go in aging this one. Will be trying a fresh bottle soon; will re-review this one when I have it. [4]

Final score: 4.01

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Photo of maximum12
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to lowbit for handing off this bottle amidst the chaos & lost phone signals of the Central Waters Anniversary party. Been wanting to try some Black Husky since samples at the Great Taste last summer: & here we are. 22 oz. dog-themed bottle split with my wife.

Pour is moderately dark with above-average carbonation for a big stout. It requires a husky's nose to pull much aroma-wise off the beer's surface: there are gentle notes of vanilla, light sweetness, roast that comes & goes. Mostly goes.

Twelve-Dog is a slow-building fire. The first sip entertains nothing but a bland, sweet stout, but wait! The aftertaste shows some promise. Initial bout of sweetness gives way with odd slowness to Belgian chocolate, milky lactose, & roast with a dull edge of bitterness. Earthiness right on the finish. Mouthfeel is the strong point, nice & creamy, but a half-bomber will do me just fine, thank you.

Not as impressive as the hoppy samples we had from Black Husky. Other than being sluggish as a Prius off the mark, this is standard, pretty-good stout fare.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, no date. Pours mostly black with a smaller sized khaki head; some lacing. Smells of roasted malt, berries, cocoa, and some caramel. The taste follows closely with mostly a complex roasted malt bill with some added berries, cocoa, and dark fruit. moderate and lingering bitterness. Above average body with some pleasant smoothness and below average carbonation. Overall, this was a pretty well done is IS; it has a complex malty taste with a great look/feel.

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Photo of 77apm
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Elumbeer
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into two Spiegelau stout glasses. Initially served at 49 degF. No date, but likely less than a month from bottling.

Poured a smooth solid black (not quite a black hole as with thicker stouts), with an inviting head. Head color was lighter than what I usually want out of an imperial stout- more tan than mocha.

Honestly, I don't remember much of the aroma. My brain is telling me sweet fudge, but whatever it was must not have been anywhere near overpowering.

Taste is very sweet milk chocolate with a good dose of cherry (maybe some blueberry). Slight roasted notes in the background. Reminds me a lot of Saugatuck's Neapolitan stout, but not quite as sickeningly sweet or artificial (this is much better- halfway between the Neapolitan and Deschute's 26th anni). I wish more cherry stouts tasted like this.

I feel like the rating here is too low for what this beer is, most likely due to the infection issues I see noted below.

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle. 2013 vintage. Thanks to lowbit for the trade.

A: medium body and viscosity, dark brown to black, tinges of reddish mahogany at the edges.

S: this is the weakest part of the beer. I needed to let sit at room temperature a looong stretch to get much aroma. with warmth, though, I draw out a lot of roasted malt. milk chocolate, caramel, traces of vanilla. as expected, there's no fruit aroma - this isn't marketed as a russian imperial.

T: ton of roasted malt, with the flavors largely following the aroma. it's not acrid, though the roast's strong enough that I am forced to wonder about the quantity of hops added

M: decent body. the taste lingers.

very happy with this one, once I let sit awhile

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4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tourdot
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of purintuna
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.64/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Eman17
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drew26
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ri0
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured 22oz bomber into chalice. 2013 batch.

A - Coffee black with a dark tan 1 finger head. Fades into a ring and leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S - Tons of roasted malt aroma (12 malts in all), espresso, dark and milk chocolate.

T - Packed with tons of flavor from all the malts that were used. Roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, rich caramel, and burnt marshmallow. Has a bit of a bitter finish.

M - Full bodied, rich and smooth. Very nice carbonation for an imperial stout.

O - This guy knows how to brew beer and I'm very lucky that a few bottles show up in Madison every now and then. I look forward to the BB version of this.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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