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:
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Added by millionsuns on 06-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.59%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
12
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by GonzoHomebrewer:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Photo of millionsuns
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
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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Photo of Afroman
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iong516
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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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Photo of tywhite
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of benbazi
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Photo of beergorrilla
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Kevincredible
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kbuzz
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Skeeter1330
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of anticipation23
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Infinite Darkness from Oxbow Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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