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Infinite Darkness | Oxbow Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
oxbowbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by millionsuns on 06-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
70
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
12
For Trade:
2
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Photo of millionsuns
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Released on a random Thursday with no warning other than a Facebook mention, so took a pleasant drive up to Cowshit Corner to check out the scene. Picked up two bottles along with a growler of Grizacca. Popped a friend's bottle later that evening.

Tiny head on a pitch black surface - infinitely dark, you might say. (Ba-da-bump.) Thin molasses.

Huge punch of refined boozy apples on the nose, with the slight burn that comes from sniffing brandy...and this wasn't even in a snifter - small pint-shaped 12-oz glass. Nosefeel was a slam dunk with the roast intermingling with the zing of the brandy.

Given the nose, you might rightfully expect a brandy burn on the tongue, but no such thing. Gorgeous coverage of the front of the palate with soft apples over the roast of the malts. Perfect balance - not a visceral experience, like bobbing for apples in a tank of brandy barrel-aged stout, but a slow hayride through layers of complexity. The oak is present, with applewood, grass, soft-shelled nuts, and some floral aspects.

My first thought was, holy cow, this polite bastard is going to age beautifully. It's lovely as is, but get a bit of age here and all the subtle flavors will bulk up and punch you in the gullet - and I'm sure the balance will maintain just fine. The stout by itself would be a hit, but the apple brandy was a genius choice for aging here. Unique doesn't begin to explain it.

Oxbow's wheelhouse has long been the farmhouse funk we all know and love, so they had no business making a stout this good. This kind of versatility is the mark of a world class brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Absolutely agree w million suns, great mouthfeel and integration of flavors. Oxbow doesn't disappoint, and I hope they continue barrel aging stouts because Infinite Darkness is incredible.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Medium khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Bright fruitiness. Some apple brandy, but it's light. Dark roast.

Taste - Much more apple brandy here. Sharp liquor flavor. Roasty malt. Sharp woodiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and kinda boozy. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's interesting, but it doesn't quite play out. The beer is to sharp in its flavor profile.

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3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black and watery. Good barrel character. Thin, watery and slightly boozy. Weird tartness. Seems a tad off.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Infinite Darkness from Oxbow Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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