Infinite Darkness
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,397
Ranked #7,169
4.09 | pDev: 10.02%
Feb 27, 2022
Jun 27, 2014
Infinite DarknessInfinite Darkness
Notes: Imperial stout aged in apple brandy barrels. Brewed and bottled at Oxbow in Newcastle, ME. Crafted in collaboration with In'finiti Fermentation and Distillation.
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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Tony210 from New Jersey

Pours very dark with a massive foamy head. Has a chocolate yeasty aroma. Flavor is dark chocolate, yeasty, a little spicy, interesting. Carbonation adds to a creamy texture. Overall an interesting concept - funky imperial stout.

12 oz bottle dated 2/20/20 - thanks Adam
4 rating

Feb 27, 2022
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4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

11.2 ounce bottle, bottled 01/26/21, label says 11% ABV. Thanks to Brutaltruth for this brew! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch or so tan head that stuck around a while. Good amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit, candi sugar, cocoa, burnt/charred malt, clove and some dark bread. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some earthiness, smoke, coffee and molasses. To me the dark fruit and clove stand out, but they don't overpower the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has a good amount of soft carbonation. I liked this brew, worth trying if you like Belgian beers and stouts!

Sep 25, 2021
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Aug 19, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 375ml bottle in a snifter. This solid little brew pours a
nice coal black with touches of brown and a very nice head of
light brown foam that settles to a thick ring, thick layer, and
shows off some nice lacing. Rather light nose of subtleties on
this one; dark cocoa, light vanilla, dark fruit notes of black and
blueberry, a touch of char, subtle smoke, and black strap molasses.
Flavors follow and surpass the nose nicely with mellow semisweet
cocoa, blackberry notes, subtle cream, a touch of tobacco, black strap
molasses, char, brulee, touch of smoke, light vanilla, dark coffee touches,
and caramel. Nice mouth feel; medium full body, light soft carbonation,
smooth, lightly coating, and finishing lightly dry.

Of note, with warmth comes earthy malt notes that are very nice.

Overall, a solid little brew!


Jun 25, 2021
4.19 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on May 16, 2021
3.04 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Apr 25, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a dark brown / almost black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a two inch , foamy, tan-colored, very long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A decent, but not spectacular, aroma of chocolate, light fruit, malt, molasses, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a bit of light fruit (apples, in particular), a bit of chocolate (present, could've used more), a tinge of caramel (a subtle sweetness), some malt (present throughout), a little molasses, and some booze (brandy, especially). This is a flavr that needs a little bit of a boost with its ingredients. Not bad, though.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish.Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but it has its good points. Worth a look.

Sep 24, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Large beige head featuring a mixture of large and minute bubbles. It sticks around and leaves minor spots on the glass. The liquid is deep, dark brown where no light passes through the edge.

Clean cereal smell with plenty of cocoa, think Cocoa Pebbles. Mildly chalky. Attractive.

A solid American Imperial Stout. Far more dark chocolate than coffee on the taste. The body is richer than most Stouts. Neutral carbonation. No alcohol presence despite the 10.5% abv. The swallow has a touch of cream to the darker chocolate flavor. The aftertaste is more of the lingering darker chocolate. In short, this is an excellent Imperial without any variation to the style.

Sep 12, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

375ml bottle

Pours two fingers of silky tan head into my willi becher glass. Retention is very sturdy and I’ve hardly lost anything after a few minutes. Initial lacing looks questionable, but that may be the glass. Body is completely black, lots of bubbles are visible though. Looks really nice so far.

Nose is noticeably dry, you get the farmhouse aspect almost immediately. Well attenuated, but you also get some yeasty/malty Belgian sugars, reminiscent of candi sugars. Some yeasty spices, wheat, and roast as well. Some more sugar comes through a tad as it opens up and there are shades of a Belgian Dubbel; notes of perfume. This smells really nice, pretty balanced, aromatic, and relatively complex.

Flavor has a lot going on. Some sugar, a hint of esters, clove, bubblegum, and a little alcohol hit you. Finishes with a burnt campfire roast that is certainly too savory for me, not a fan of that. This is good, but it doesn’t come together perfectly.

Mouthfeel is really spot on for the style here. Carbonation is quite high. Body has a little weight to it, but drinks more towards the lighter farmhouse side, than the stouty side. Alcohol blends in with the rest of the beer after the first few sips and stays hidden well for the remainder of the beer. Bitterness is not really evident here and any savory notes manifest in the way of dryness. As far as overall sugar, it’s very well balanced, you get the Belgian sugars, but it is somewhat dry and well attenuated.

Drinkability is super high for a 10% beer with little adjuncts. I finished the glass before I was able to finish the review.

Appearance turned out ok, with some very lazy lacing, but given how amazingly the head stuck around, I’m definitely thinking this glass is the issue. I will cut this a very big break because it looked really nice overall.

The campfire taste settled down a little bit, but some tart notes did start to come through which were a little abrasive in their own right – not an infection. Overall a pretty darn good beer, balanced, flavorful, and has depth. If the flavor had been more akin to my personal preferences this would have been a slam dunk.

Sep 06, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

500ml bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, brown head of bubbly foam. It smelled of roasted malt, brandy, oak, vanilla and toffee. Sweet molasses, chocolate and brandy taste with prominent oak and vanilla notes. A smooth finishing beer.

Jul 05, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Poured on draft at the brewery.

Pours a dark cola brown color with a finger of khaki head. The head leaves some nice sticky lacing as it settles into a thick blanket enveloping the beer.

The aroma brings loads of roasted malts and chocolate, followed by some milder notes of apple brandy and figs. The back end has some subtle coffee and caramel notes.

The apple brandy really comes out in the flavor. There's also plenty of roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits. Some mild oak and fruity esters.

The feel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy, yet a touch syrupy. Definitely some alcohol warming here.

Overall, a very good imperial stout that honestly drinks more like a Belgian dark ale than an imperial stout. It's very fruity and acidic, with the roasted malts taking a passenger seat to the fruity esters and yeast. Still, it's a nice beer worth trying.

Sep 26, 2019
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3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3
by Avitra from Switzerland

Really too sour and too flat to be anything more than a hint of tastes and flavors (grapes, berries, a little caramel), which are just disguised by unappealing flavor and feel.

Aug 26, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by hopley from Massachusetts

Bottle bought in 2014, drank 06.19.2019

Look - poured a dark brown with a slight reddish translucent hue, no head at all.

Smell - not really anything.

Taste - a slight bit of charcoal, and a very slight hint of the apple brandy barrel, but other than that, this was largely a nondescript stout that improved and had a slight alcohol burn as it warmed.

Feel - a rather nice medium mouthfeel.

Overall - this beer didn't live up to my expectations, but I also can't say I didn't enjoy it either, was just hoping for more. I had hoped that the aging process would have done something more to it, but it either didn't, or it wasn't there to begin with; I don't think it had anything to lose by it. Not a bad beer, but not one I'd jump in line to buy again.

Jun 20, 2019
3.99 by q33jeff from New Jersey on Feb 23, 2019
4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Feb 17, 2019
4 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Feb 16, 2019
3.77 by Mikexw from New York on Feb 04, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a more brown than black body with tan head and little lace. The aroma is basically roasted malts and then hints of booze. A slightly smoky ,meaty taste comes from this beer b/c that's how roasted/toasted/charred the malts are - could also be aging from barrels as this beer is the 2017 version and served on tap. There is a touch of dark fruit (reminded me of black cherry) in this beer and it's noticeable, along with the booze/brandy, on the finish. A little strong for my liking but it's worth trying.

Jan 16, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on Nov 19, 2018
4.75 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Aug 21, 2018
3.92 by taospowder from New Mexico on Jul 26, 2018
3.73 by Holderness from Massachusetts on Jul 05, 2018
4.08 by hockeypuck from Maine on Jun 19, 2018
4.02 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 06, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

On tap at the brewery

May 18, 2018
4.15 by dansushi from New York on Apr 29, 2018
4.14 by Gkruszewski from New York on Mar 17, 2018
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Mar 12, 2018
4.38 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Feb 21, 2018
3.81 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Feb 16, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap and in bottle. Slightly better on tap, but very similar experiences. Light black body with a oatmeal brown head. Roasted malts, earth, apple brandy, and light oak in the nose. Taste has the apple brandy as the center, roasted malt, earth, char, and oak surround. Feel is lighter for a belgian stout, plenty roasted and warm though, want a little more barrel. The wife liked it

Jan 26, 2018
3.52 by BubbleBobble from New York on Jan 04, 2018
4.04 by LoudRed from Massachusetts on Dec 04, 2017
3.75 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Apr 16, 2017
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3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at Albany Ale and Oyster in Albany, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a nearly nonexistent head, and no lacing.

Smells like clovey yeast eaters, oak, burnt malt, and old coffee.

I expected quite a bit more out of this one, honestly. The apple brandy barrel doesn't really add a ton here, you get some slight fusel fruity alcohol, but no rich brandy. The Belgian yeast character doesn't really mesh with the boozy astringency, either. The chocolate character is nice, and I do enjoy the vanillin from the barrel. I just wish this was richer and more decadent.

This is medium bodied, definitely a bit thinner than I'd want. The carbonation is also a bit too high for the style.

This could have been so much more. Not Oxbow's best, for sure.

Apr 13, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar, but when held up to a light source it is clear and very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a beige collar around the edge of the glass and a patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of apple brandy.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the apple brandy flavors are a little stronger.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Nothing really interesting really stood about this beer for me. It also seemed like both the smell and taste of the apple brandy were muted.

Serving type: on-tap

Mar 12, 2017
3.91 by smithj4 from New York on Mar 12, 2017
3.91 by Bandi from New York on Mar 12, 2017
3.35 by John_Beeryman from Virginia on Mar 04, 2017
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

On-tap 2/18/2017 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains licorice, dark fruit, roasted malts and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, licorice and chocolate. Then a hearty but thin for the style malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild as expected and there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stout too drink for a while.

Feb 19, 2017
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