Long, Dark Voyage To Uranus | Sawdust City Brewing Co.

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Long, Dark Voyage To UranusLong, Dark Voyage To Uranus

Brewed by:
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by jrenihan on 02-04-2012

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4.98/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brewxer
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks amazing, darker than dark and great tan head. Tastes as good as anything out of Quebec, this is fantastic, probably the best imperial stout currently brewed in Ontario.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

473ml can into nonic pint. 10.2% abv. "JAN 08 2015 13:17" on the bottom of the can. consumed on april 24, 2015

a: pours thick as hell, pitch black in the glass topped with nearly 3 fingers of dark brown head. leaves a wall, not rings, of lacing

s: fantastic deep roasted malt. lots of fudgy chocolate, prune-like dark fruit notes. lesser coffee and charred wood towards the end. just smells so damn rich and malty

t: follows the nose. super roasty with sweet prunes in the front. mid-palate continues to be roasty, but adds rich chocolatey woody notes as well as a piney, slightly-citrusy hop quality. the finish is roasty, bitter, and slightly hoppy, tapering off with mild black coffee notes

m: nearly full-bodied, with minimal carbonation. very dry finish

o: an excellent imperial stout... but then again i just love imperial stouts


473ml can into snifter, 9.5% abv. canned "oct 07 2015", consumed nov 28 2015. same super rich roasty bready & dry stuff with a mild citrus hop presence (this year's version is brewed with summit & chinook hops)

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thehyperduck
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; packaged Jan 8 2015. Listed at 10.2% and served at cellar temperature.

Pours a murky pitch black hue, capped off with one finger of dense, creamy, dark tan-coloured head. It dissipates slowly over the next five minutes or so, with a thin collar and continuous curtain of lace being the only eventual remnants. On the nose there is a good dose of dark chocolate and molasses, alongside notes of dark roasted coffee beans, licorice, prunes and herbal hops. The aroma is enticing enough, I suppose, but it's still shockingly muted in intensity for such a big beer.

But rest assured, it's all uphill from there - this is a positively delicious stout. Molasses and brown sugar sweetness come through initially, followed up by rich notes of cocoa and coffee liqueur. The bitterness is amped up in the latter half of the sip, with piney, earthy notes that lead into a finish brimming with flavours of baker's chocolate and coffee grounds, as well as hints of anise and smoke. The alcohol is detectable, but well-integrated. Full-bodied, with light carbonation that contributes to the slick, silky smooth mouthfeel - this beer is quite a substantial presence on the palate, and leaves the lips feeling sticky.

Final Grade: 4.31, an excellent A. Long, Dark Voyage to Uranus is definitely my favourite beer in Sawdust City's impressive portfolio, at least of the ones I've tried. It is sinfully tasty and a total pleasure to drink - a must-try for all Ontario stout fans, in my opinion. This is quite possibly the priciest tallboy I've ever purchased, but it's still pretty good value in my opinion. I purchased two cans, and the other one is going to spend at least a year in the cellar.

[Updated Jan 19 2016]

It's clear to me that one year hasn't caused this canned stout to flinch at all. The flavours have mellowed a bit, but the profile is essentially unchanged - perhaps other than the ethanol being even more well-integrated (and thus hidden). No score alterations necessary; I just hope they get another shipment out to the LCBO in the near future, so I can grab a whole bunch more.

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Photo of Bcarlos
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours darker and thicker than any Imperial stout I've ever had (and this is my favorite style). Huge cocoa, chocolate and espresso taste with a strong chocolate malt nose. I've experimented with aging this and at two years, the beer is hardly moved in look, taste or mouthfeel. This is a beer that will stand the test of time.

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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken during a tap takeover at Imbibe (Kitchener) last night:

My first time enjoying this Ontario RIS and thought it was very well brewed - a beer I'll definitely seek out again.

Visuals were the weakest sense, pouring a near-black with little head or lacing. A beautifully complex and smoky aroma of cocoa, chocolate and coffee and all the goodness one would hope from a decent RIS. Lots of roasted dark, chocolate malts with underlying tannins. The flavour starts on the sweet side but ends with a refreshingly bracing bitterness. Nicely balanced and complex enough to be interesting.

Well done, Sawdust City!

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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leaddog
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473ml can bottled on Nov 24, 2016 @ 9.5%.

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with two fingers of bubbly mocha head.

Smell - cocoa, roasted malts, coffee bean, caramel, and earthy and leafy hops.

Taste - Intense flavours of cocoa, coffee bean, and roasted malts upfront followed by the caramel and earthy and leafy hops. There is a pleasant charred characteristic to this beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes velvety and chewy with the hops lingering. A warmness from the alcohol is present.

Overall - A beer that displays intense flavours. Each ingredient is not trying to overpower the other with all ingredients working together to make a cohesive and balanced brew. Another gem from the folks at Sawdust City.

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4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Long, Dark Voyage To Uranus from Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 91 ratings