The Finisher
Conquest Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
17.5%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 7.78%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
20
From:
Conquest Brewing Company
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  10
Gots
  8
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Notes:
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 20
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If any beer is capable of stepping in a glass and then dropping the preverbal mike, then it's this seventeen-plus, high gravity, ominously dark beast of a beer. Its set to truly finish any session with a complete decimation of the palate.

With a gently rolling creme, the foam casts is rich, roasty, boozy and savory scents before dissolving back into its abyss. But only its tawny bronze margins suggest something that's other than tar. And once that first sip creeps onto the tongue, its game over!

Deep espresso, burnt brown sugar, baker's chocolate and deeply seared molasses frame the initial taste while the malt is still front and center, but the massive sweetness is quickly overtaken with the strong spirited effects of dry sherry, madeira, charred fruit, cognac and lacquer. Black currant, red grape, plum and dark berry are suggestive hints of the robust fruit which peaks through the thinning malt and intense alcohol.

Obviously full in texture, the stout wraps around the tongue and penetrates deeply into the soft tissues of the mouth, panging away with unabashed force. Exceeding what's normally associated with beer, the barley liquor finishes hot, abrupt and spicy with oak-like tannin to numb the palate and prickle away with its sweetened fusel character.

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4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into two snifters

A: Deep black body with two-finger tan head. Completely opaque when held up to the light.

S: Tried it with a slight cold, so I didn't get much on the nose. Faint notes of toasted marshmallow at least let me know I was in for a fairly sweet beer.

T: Initial sweetness (likely from the honey in the brew) gives way to roasted flavors from the dark malts. Slight bitterness comes out in the finish. Definitely a stretch, but I can place the taste of the champagne yeast they used to get it to such high alcohol content. Not overly boozy.

M: Creamy/oily/sticky. Had a drop come off the bottle and land on the table, was dried and stuck on like syrup in about 15 minutes.

O: A great imperial stout. Never feels too heavy, despite the crazy high ABV (bottled at 17.5%, might be more honestly). I have a pretty high tolerance and a full bottle of this still put me on the couch for a couple hours. Will be aging the second bottle another year or two to see how flavors develop.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (waxed 22oz "growler") #27 of 400. Poured into a Conquest snifter.

A: Pours an absolutely black body with half an inch of copper head. The head quickly dissipates to just a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Alcohol legs coat all sides of the snifter, while only the occasional splotchy lacing sticks before sliding into the oily fathoms below.

S: A huge sweetness dominates the nose. It definitely smells a bit of honey, but also of rich, sweet chocolate (like a candy bar!), a hint of dark fruit, and just a bit of roasty malt lurking below. The alcohol also presents itself. This is the sweetest smelling stout I've ever encountered (yes, I've had many a Southern Tier Blackwater beer).

T: Oh wow, they put a ton of honey in this brew! I get a taste of raw honey first, followed by sweet, rich chocolate, sugary-sweetness (the brown sugar?), and a bit of deep roastiness that struggles to cut the sweetness. As the beer warms, more of the roastiness peeks out. Even so, I am left licking my lips after each sip from the sweetness. Very little alcohol comes through in the taste.

M: Oily, syrupy...nectar-y. It's like drinking a heavenly nectar that sticks all over everything and makes it better. Very low carbonation--there's enough to get the job done, but maybe not as much as this beer deserves.

O: This beer is ridiculously sweet. As a fan of sweet beers, I'm quite pleased. However, by all accounts (including those of the brewers themselves), The Finisher will be much better about 2 years from now. Right now, the honey and brown sugar used overwhelm most other qualities the beer may possess. Nonetheless, It's definitely worth seeking out.

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The Finisher from Conquest Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 20 ratings