The Veil / Hudson Valley - Curtains II
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #752
ABV:
11%
Score:
93
Ranked #6,327
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 8.39%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
24
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The Veil / Hudson Valley - Curtains IIThe Veil / Hudson Valley - Curtains II
Notes: Curtains II is an Imperial Stout brewed with pineapple purée, candied pineapple chunks, coconut cream, flaked coconut, Tahitian vanilla beans, and Virginia clover honey. We blended in two Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels of 17 month old Pallbearer for an extra layer of subtle depth and complexity. Brewed in collaboration with Hudson Valley Brewery. Hot fudge sundae, sticky milk chocolate fondue, pineapple upside down cake, toasted marshmallows, melted Mounds bars, and spoons full of drippy honey.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smell like caramelized and candied pineapple, coconut cream, honey, chocolate, spice, and bourbon.

This is quite ridiculous, and quite complex as well. It's basically pina colada-esque, if the pina colada was made by someone who was very high. There's chocolate-covered coconut/coconut cream truffles, pineapple purée and candied pineapple, molasses, caramel, boozy honey, chocolate milk, and sticky vanilla. There's not a ton of barrel here, just maybe a touch of bourbon, but no oak.

This is thick, chewy, and slightly syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation. There's a fairly decent drinkability here, despite the fact it's basically like someone threw a bunch of desserts into a blender.

This is classic Veil, and pretty much classic Hudson Valley, even though they don't really make stouts ever. It's ridiculous(ly tasty).

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Photo of Kdouble
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle last month and finally getting to try this one. Poured into a snifter.

Look- Seems out of character but this has no head at all. A super dark brown and beautiful sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell- A wonderful mix of milky dark chocolate and vanilla dominates. As it air out a little, you get much more of the barrel. There is also sweet aroma in there maybe the coconut or floral like honey notes.

Taste- Like a milk chocolate candy bar dipped in vanilla. The coconut is very faint as is the bourbon barrel. There is a sweet mix from the honey. The pineapple is candy like finish with a twang. The bourbon really kicks in around mid glass - not overpowering but much more obvious.

Mouthfeel - Virtually no carbonation - back to the melted vanilla/chocolate mix. The mixture definitely sticks around.

Overall- A fantastic and complex stout. The mixture worked out for a great brew. Get it if you can.

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Photo of Sheppard
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown. There's a fruity chocolate aroma. Lots of chocolate syrup, similar to some of the Horn variants in that way. More fruity berry character than a Hershey's or that organic crap at WF (sidenote: that stuff is terrible). Maybe like a marschino cherry character as well. The finish is quite bitter, smokey, and peaty, which I am not a fan of in this. It's very smooth and it drinks like a full bodied wine. It's overall pretty good.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Oily brownish-black with all kinds of speckles and globules on the surface, sticking to the glass, with no head at all otherwise.

This is...weirdly good. It has an oddly toasty malt smell, but taste has a good blend of cocoa, pineapple, and vanilla in the thick chocolate malt body, but it burns on the way down, either from the sweetness or booze. Probably both.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Jet black body with brown foam that instantly disappears, viscous. Smell is a delight: coconut, milk chocolate, bourbon, and then the inventive layering of pineapple that is pure with plenty of vanilla to boot. Taste really gets into the barrel depth more, but the chocolate, pineapple, coconut all are lead stars, with marshmallow, honey and sweet malt with slight roast. Feel is a little light for an imperial, but does well not to get too boozy or sweet with good nods to each. Best execution with these flavors I may have ever tasted, though admittedly a little gimmicky. The wife loved it.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours absolutely no head whatsoever. The beer itself is a good looking dark chocolate brown that borders on black while the texture strongly resembles a melted milk chocolate. It doesn't look bad and betrays a good heft.

The smell is pretty good and interesting. It moves from a dominant sweet dark chocolate note that gives way to the honey and light bourbon with a bit of coconut creme that finishes with a moderate vanilla and light alcohol note that does detract from it. The best part of this is that the honey imparts a nice floral sweetness that last through it all.

The taste is pretty good. It has a strong milk chocolate note with a bit of roasted malt to it but the honey is still there but not as strong or as prominent. The vanilla comes out more in the finish than it does elsewhere while the candied pineapple finally makes an appearance.

The feel is good. It has a fairly heavy body with the kind of heft expected from honey. Other than that, it feels like melted milk chocolate. Also, almost no carbonation.

Overall, I think this beer would have been better off if it had been aged a little bit in order to let it cool down. Otherwise, I though this was very good and complex enough for it to work.

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Photo of Holderness
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Hudson Valley

Looks unsettlingly like blood in the glass -- although appearing black at first, a light swirl reveals a deep red hue. Very complex aromas and flavors that are evocative of deconstructed s'mores soaked in high quality bourbon. Also getting some almond Joy and port wine. Not really picking up any pineapple, which is fine by me

91/100

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The Veil / Hudson Valley - Curtains II from The Veil Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 24 ratings