Desolation Angels - Scene 3
Foam Brewers

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.31 | pDev: 0%
Foam Brewers
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky, inky black with limited burgundy edges when held to the light. Small, tight mocha head swirls gracefully and leaves ample lacing. Lots of dark roasted malts. This is a beautiful, elegant beer.

Smells of hot bourbon, oak, willow charcoal, liquid smoke, Worcestershire, currants, and blackberries with a savory salinity. I cannot tell if this beer would pair well with a seared steak or if--at least to some degree--it smells like a seared steak.

Taste follows nose--oaky, floral bourbon presents well but is immediately swallowed by intense roasted malt. This is truly as roasty as a stout gets before becoming a sushi condiment. Liquid smoke, char, and brine come through in waves, cut by a lip-puckeringly intense dark berry tartness that leaves me unsure if I've had a stout or a raspberry Berliner (like the initial sensation of cold one gets when putting their hand under scalding hot water). This beer is disorientingly dark and rewards patience, but I would surely have preferred the brewers taking it easier on the black patent: although the bourbon barrel is present and delicious, so much of the oak and rich vanilla is lost along the way.

Body is medium-to-full and works well for an imperial stout, but even more residual sugar would have helped bring the body into an equipoise with the overwhelming roasty bitterness.

Overall, this is wildly complex and quite ambitious, but for me, it takes conscious effort to see past the dense wall of liquid smoke and charcoal briquette

Mar 22, 2020
Desolation Angels - Scene 3 from Foam Brewers
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2 ratings