Dark Muse Imperial Stout | Worthy Brewing Co.

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Dark Muse Imperial StoutDark Muse Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Worthy Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by artoolemomo on 01-26-2014

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Photo of chossboss
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BurdockBoy
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beeritual
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Double Stout is bottled year-round. I'd like to thank Worthy Brewing for their thoughtful contribution. Aromas resemble fudge, cocoa powder, sweet maple syrup, vinous dark fruits, and oatmeal grains.

The palate introduces itself with a blend of bitter and sweet notes, beginning nice and roasty with hints of chocolate. A sudden onset of hops quickly establishes a classic, herbal character. The middle is soon filled with dark fruits as hops continue to rise into bitterness, reaching toward an appropriate level of 60 IBU's. A strike of sweet caramel flows into hints of coffee, followed by hops that rise up into a sour note that resembles oranges. Malts continue to develop into a dark roast, stopping just short of burnt, closing with touches of oatmeal. The mouthfeel begins creamy, slightly slick with alcohol, holds on with good sustain, then closes with light hop oils that close in pleasant dryness.

I like how the malts and hops attack simultaneously, then things get dark and grainy as it nears closer to the finish. In many ways, I find the flavor closely resembles the aroma. A balanced blend of bitter and sweet hit right on target, then a sour note elevates the body to another level. As for my taste, I could do with a little less fruit, and a little more burnt coffee. The body load lands just slightly lighter than I would prefer, which is something which may be resolved with more malts or less hops. Regardless, this palate of flavor is something to be desired. This satisfies my expectations, and I think the balance is great. I recommend it.

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Photo of seanthornton152
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Midnight black, with a thin tan like lacing.
S: Bourbon, roasted malty, vanilla, chocolate and caramel.
T: Similar to nose, I really could taste a bourbon like malty smokiness to it. Some caramel/vanilla sweetness. The alcohol really comes through.
M: Very thin, silky like mouthfeel. Mild carbonation.
O: Good stout!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of mildly sweet dark toasted malt, milk chocolate, hints of vanilla and coffee, a little boozy. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, milk and dark chocolate, a hint of nuts, grassy hops with a moderately hoppy, dark toasted malt finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. It's been a little while since I've had a big stout with some hoppiness, and this is a good one. The malt body is full with solid chocolate flavors and nice hints of nuts and vanilla. The hops come to life in the late taste and carry on into the finish which is robust enough to support the char and hops. A little bit of harshness near the finish on the first taste, but this smooths out well as it warms. The ABV is noticeable in the aroma, but well covered in the malty taste. Flavorful and one of the better offerings from Worthy.

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakewatt135
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of kamikazeokami
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DevWand
2.89/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this on tap, and it was waaaay too hot (at least for myself). Also tasted of molasses.

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Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sticky off-white foam on the dark brown brew. Very handsome in the tall Maredsous goblet. A little musty in the aroma. Quite prickly carbonation so the mouthfeel is sharp with the carbonated sugar taste that makes me think of Rum and Coke.

Flavor of sweet malt with some fruity roasted grain. Dried apple flavor with a little bitterness. Ovaltine. There is not much of the usual burnt malt taste. It's more of a sweet Porter flavor. I haven't tried too many Imperial Stouts lately, but why not for a summer tipple? It's quite sippable but not of much interest.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that starts small but expands greatly and looks to have pretty good retention as well. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown that is a mix of this and ruby/burgundy when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing has been left behind so far.

Nose- Somewhat subdued but strong enough to get an idea of what this beer might be like. Light chocolate, cocoa is a little stronger, some roasted malts, and a hint of grain (or what might be oatmeal). Bottle shows a deeper and more bitter chocolate and has a note I can't quite flesh out. Somewhat vinous, a little raisin, maybe some other dark fruit.

Taste- Large amount of fruitiness on the front that ranges from raisins to plums to cherries over a noticeable background that blends both pretty bitter coffee and chocolate. Some woodiness on the finish. Dark fruits have a slight sour quality from their interaction with the back end of the coffee note. Heat is definitely noticeable but spreads itself over the entire flavor profile like a warm blanket. The fruit flavors start to fade into the background and the beer becomes mostly an interplay between the differing bitters of the chocolate and the coffee/roasted malts. I get a sense of oatmeal though I don't this was used. Pretty good solid beer but nothing special. It does seem to indicate that even though Worthy Brewing has some room for improvement, they are capable of it.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with fairly light carbonation and a light grittiness on the finish. Light carbonation makes it seem a little fuller than it actually is.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing and is pretty smooth for a beer that maybe a little too warm. At points, the coffee bitterness is slightly distracting but this is a minor issue. 7 bucks a bomber is pretty good for this type of beer but if I have choose between this and a Stone, it really won't be a choice at all.

Overall- Pretty good, solid beer that shows that Worthy has a pretty good base to start from. If a barrel aged version of this turned out similar to their doppelbock, it could be a really good beer. I would give this a shot and I will definitely try newer versions to see what changes or improvements have been made.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with roasted malt, earth, char, and slight cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of roast and earth qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Phobicsquirrel
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of elvisdoc
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of stevoj
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Fred Meyers. Pours out a dark brown with silky tight beige head. Normal dark roast malt aroma leads to a fuller, more robust flavor. Overall body is creamy and smooth, adding to the experience. First impression was ho-hum, but it gets better as it warms. Elements of chocolate in the finish.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of JoeBond
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable for a mid-priced stout. The flavor was a pleasant surprise as the aroma leaves something to be desired. All in all a very good effort from worthy.

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.75/5  rDev +26%

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