John Hands
Destination Unknown Beer Co.

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
11%
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4.08 | pDev: 5.15%
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3
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7
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Destination Unknown Beer Co.
 
New York, United States
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John HandsJohn Hands
Notes: Rainbow Cookie Imperial Stout with almond, raspberry, chocolate and vanilla. From the sinister mind of John Fraioli a holiday favorite turned into liquid gold.
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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 12/11/2019. Pours opaque fairly hazy/cloudy dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy raspberry jam, fruit skin/seeds, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, roasted almonds, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, raspberry, chocolate, almond, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge lightly tart/tangy raspberry jam, fruit skin/seeds, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, roasted almonds, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness; and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy raspberry jam, fruit skin/seeds, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, roasted almonds, toasted biscuit, dark/brown bread/crust, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, raspberry, chocolate, almond, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet and fruit tartness balance; with no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/tartness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, bready, and fairly slick/sticky/chalky/tangy/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 11%. Overall this is a fantastic pastry stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, raspberry, chocolate, almond, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/tart/tangy/drying finish; great soft/silky feel for the ABV. Fantastic balance of rich malts, jammy raspberry, chocolate, and almond flavors; with balancing earthy hops. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. Not overwhelming on any aspect. A highly enjoyable offering, and impressive style example as expected.

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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not too shabby. Took me a while to figure out what that extra slightly acidic taste was with the richer stout flavors. Once I realized it was tart raspberries everything else fell into place. This is what I get for not reading the description of the beer printed on the label beforehand. No date printed on can. Pours a slightly sludgy dark black opaque color with a little tan head that quickly settled to a thin film and some very minimal lacing. Smells of rich dark chocolate fudge, medium roast coffee, caramel, vanilla, malt, toasted nuts and a hint of fruit. Taste follows the nose, and again that faint slightly acidic flavor ended up being raspberry. Nice addition but didn’t really remind me of a sugar cookie. Couldn’t really detect the almond. Smooth mild slightly thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation. For an imperial stout I would have liked more depth and complexity. High ABV was well hidden. Not too bad at all.

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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: A dark stout for sure with little head to speak of fading fast and I'm glad to get the aroma immediately from a distance as it's not much to look at.

S: Wow! Tart raspberries complement a shortbread cookie sweetness and a fudgy cocoa.

T: Follows the nose, great fruit to balance the roasty notes. I've had some stellar barrel aged stout plus wild ale blends that are out of this world. This doesn't have that level of depth or complexity but I don't care - it's an easy-drinking joy and I wish I'd bought a couple more.

F: Very thin actually, but for this particular brew the lightness complements the experience.

O: So impressed. The third brew I've had from these folks and I have to admit I wasn't sold on them until this treat. It's so balanced and while I expected to find a sugary mess of a brew, it has just the right level of pretty much everything.

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John Hands from Destination Unknown Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 7 ratings