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Titania | Sawdust City Brewing Co.

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4.03/5
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12 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
sawdustcitybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,925
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
12
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of TheHammer
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black as night without any compromise as a good stout should be. Opaque so the only signs of carbonation are the thumb of head that did a stand up job of lacing and retaining. That said, I have seen better on this front and a bit more of these qualities would have netted the perfect score.

Smell: Well, there's no doubt it's barrel aged, but to be honest I suspect maybe for a tad bit too long, as the whiskey note is so potent I can comment on the strong vanilla and charred oak that dominates the nose. The barest hints of chocolate and toffee malt can be noted in the background, but there is a strong booziness to this one. That said, it's a Russian Imperial Stout, so some of that I'm willing to let slide. Warming helps the beer aspects (the chocolate and malt) come out more, as without it, it's overwhelmingly potent bourbon.

Taste: Starts with that mild chocolate and sweet toffee malt taste at the beginning but even here you are catching that sweet whiskey note in the background that honestly reminds me of that man running in the distance scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You know it's coming and HA HA! As you get hit with a almost sickeningly sweet hit of vanilla laced boozy bourbon. It's like taking a shot of whiskey, but instead of being hit with the burn, you're hit with sweet cream bomb.

Mouthfeel: It's very boozy, that's my biggest issue with it, that said, it is a Russian Imperial Stout whose primary focus is on bourbon, so I can only find so much fault on this front. The things that's also odd is creaminess is usually desired in a stout, and this is very creamy texture wise. That said, that same creaminess is causing the bourbon to be vastly overplayed here for my liking. Unsurprising aftertaste too on this one, it's vanilla soaked bourbon. I can see others really taking a liking to this, but for me, it just seems excessive.

Drinkability: Thick and heavy, like any good stout should be, but it doesn't settle down very well. That creaminess isn't meshing well with the ultra high bourbon note. Not gassy which is good, although the high sweetness doesn't make it overly refreshing and more a desert option. That said, it does fall into a good stout niche, that being a sipping stout.

Final Thoughts: What is the size bellow Titanic? Is it Colossal? Gigantic? or merely Massive? I ask because that is where I would like this beer to be. I mean, it's good but it's just excessive on the bourbon and booziness, that I have to ask, why I am not just drinking whiskey? The two answers given are because it has a creaminess to it, which, fair enough it's a stout it should be, I just don't feel it works well because of the potency. The second is because you want to sip like a whiskey, but have a lot more time to drink it. That is a reason I can get behind, and to be fair, most beers wouldn't have two solids answers of this kind. I would presume a bit less time in the barrel would favour this one, but I've never had to do it myself. Certainly worth a shot, but be advised, it is as large as it has been billed, which is a bit too large for me.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from peensteen a couple years back. Cheers!

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2016
Limited to 1300 bottles
OG: 21.5*P
FG: 4.5*P
IBU: 60
SRM: 70
Bourbon barrel aged Uranal imperial stout

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly fizzy tan head with good retention. Black body with a touch of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good cap and clings to the glass. Touches of wisp and a ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Solid look.

SMELL: Big bourbon nose on this one with plenty of oak, vanilla and coconut cream, with notes of milk chocolate and tart cherries as well. Lots of wood and spirit, though there is a hint of oxidization in there as well.

TASTE: Quite boozy up front. Some wood, oak, bourbon flavors and light touches of vanilla as well. Some oxidized cherry flavor and a bit of cardboard through the middle into the finish. A bolder and lingering finish of tart cherries, woody oak flavors, cardboard, with some faint hints of vanilla as well. Plenty of spirit and alcohol hang around for sure.

PALATE: Thinner body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. A bit fizzy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Unfortunately this one hasn’t really stood up to being in a bottle for a couple years. The pour was good and the nose showed a bit of promise, but the flavor has clearly started to oxidize, as I’m pretty confident that the tart cherry and cardboard qualities weren’t the idea. The base beer of this is really good fresh, so I’d love to give a fresher bottling of the barrel aged version a try if the opportunity arises. Thanks again, peensteen!

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Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, tan head, thin ring of retention shows a little lace.

Nice bourbon nose, with lots of black licorice.

Probably better before the barrel... lots of oak flav, but also some spoilage... very dry, light acidity.

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Photo of DaPan
4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cycle69
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bourbon-barrel aged stout. Flavour contains a lot of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. The bourbon results in some harshness- no hiding the strength of this one. The bourbon is a bit overpowering, but the base beer seems pretty good, with a fudgy flavour. Big flavour, obviously, and a pretty good flavour, but the strength and heat wore in me.

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Titania from Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 12 ratings