White Hot
Bearded Iris Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
9.5%
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Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 3.96%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
3
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Bearded Iris Brewing
 
Tennessee, United States
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Notes: Imperial milk stout with coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, pasilla peppers, and lactose.
This imperial milk stout crackles with the warm complexity of vanilla beans and cinnamon + the bright and chewy dried-red-fruit of pasilla, and mounds of toasted coconut, all wrapped in a creamy, decadent body.
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pitch black with very minimal head with no retention and no lacing.

Sweet brown sugar on the nose. Minimal aroma overall.

Sweet up front on the tongue. Milky. Dates, figs, prunes and assorted macerated fruit. Boozy.

Syrupy. Almost no carbonation.

This is a reasonably enjoyable beer. I’m not sure the style is one that benefits from ‘imperialization.’ I like the sweetness, but the boozyness and the limited carbonation don’t quite mesh for me.

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3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As the description suggests, this is really an imperial milk/sweet stout and lives up to that billing, at least on the "milk/sweet" front. Jet black but fairly thin body with minimal mocha head (poured out of a can at BI) and just some light lacing.

Smell is robust but absolutely dominated by dark roast coffee, sweet cream, vanilla, and cinnamon. BI's "fancy stouts" are often dominated by adjuncts for big effect, which overwhelms the natural stout elements. That's the case here, too, but the aroma profile is certainly powerful and appealing. Still, you know you're in for an overdose of sugary sweetness as soon as you take your first sip.

And there it is: over-sugared latte with some spice notes (again, mostly cinnamon -- I don't get any peppery heat or coconut) that is truly dessert-like. Don't get me wrong, it's tasty and largely as advertised. But I like a good sweet stout and this is way too much for me.

Thin but smooth and soft, and fairly well carbonated. Not that you could probably drink more than one of these in a sitting, but the alcohol (9.5%!) is completely hidden, so watch out for this one.

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White Hot from Bearded Iris Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 3 ratings