The Uno - Russian Imperial Stout | Dragoon Brewing Co.

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Dragoon Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Uno is our first Specialty Release offering. We brewed a single 8 bbl batch, and when it is gone, that’s it. It weighs in at 10.4% abv — with a full body, and a complex flavor profile. It’s a little spicy (thanks to the rye malt), a little coffee-like (from the roasted malts) and a little toffee-like (thanks to a blend of crystal malts and piloncillo, a raw mexican cane sugar). It’s real big, real black, and real tasty. Hope you enjoy!

Added by Gueuzedude on 06-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 9
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4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into globe at 1702 in Tucson. Pours a deep deep black with some slight tan head. Nice roasted malt and slight coffee aromas but they are subtle.
Taste is awesome. Nice coffee roasted malts and the caramel sweetness is huge but plays so well here. This is really a great big stout...super amooth and so well balanced. Not sure if its the malts or the sugar but this tastes like a nice iced coffee ... well iced roasted espresso mixed with an awesome
Dragoon is awesome. Just have one.

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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap Dragoon tap room; June 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a dark, black, concentrated, hue that perhaps shows a hint of amber around the edges (but as was pointed out, I might be imagining that). The head is a tight / dense textured, pale chocolate-brown tinged, dark tan color that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma has lots of roast coffee notes, a hint of roast acridness, as well as some sharp smelling burnt notes. The complexity really comes out as it significantly warms up; there is a spiciness, more malt complexity (rye perhaps), dark-rum like notes, lots of roasted nut character, a rich burnt dark fruit character, and a toasted grain note that gets really brown bread like and savory.

Lots of smooth, concentrated malt, chocolate, roasted notes, and burnt flavors are noticeable in my first sip of this brew. It makes me think of burnt caramel soaked, super dark chocolate. The flavor is a touch acrid, somewhat acidic from the roast (though well restrained), there is a huge roast character but it is well balanced by the big, sweet, concentrated malt character. There is a slight roasted smokiness to this beer, and it is quite bitter from hops; much of the bitterness is also contributed by the roasted malt though. Actually, this is not overly sweet, it is more rich though than anything, and keeps a healthy distance from being cloying. As it warms up it gets somewhat spicy from a crystal malt character, some rye notes perhaps as well as some hop influence here. This really has a smooth and creamy body once it really warms up a lot, though initially it has a bit of a carbonic bite to it, but it is always a slow sipping, contemplative beer. The bitterness and roast / burnt character mellows significantly as it warms up too, and this really helps with the overall balance of the brew as it accentuates more of the dark chocolate and concentrated, smooth, savory / sweet dark malt character to come through.

This is really roasted malt focused, but it just manages to be balanced though by the rich malt character (more so as it warms, so I definitely recommend letting this sit for quite some time before drinking it as it comes out too cold, and even a bit too carbonated out of the tap). This is really nice, and really will easily hit the spot for Imperial Stout lovers; in fact I will go so far as to say this is easily the best Imperial Stout to come out of a commercial Tucson Brewery; this is a bit bigger, and a fair amount more aggressive than Thunder Canyon’s Warhead Stout. As it should, this just tastes huge and savory; it fits the bill quite nicely for when you have the hankering for some burnt, savory, contemplative and chewy. This could likely use a bit of age before it peaks, I could see it melding and becoming a touch more balanced with time, while still retaining that aggressive edge.

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The Uno - Russian Imperial Stout from Dragoon Brewing Co.
4.33 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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