Proper Dose
Horus Aged Ales

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
13.9%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.63 | pDev: 5.83%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
70
From:
Horus Aged Ales
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
98
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Notes: "Proper Dose" is a big 13.9% Imperial Stout made in collaboration with my favorite punk band, The Story So Far. The beer has four extravagant adjuncts: Geisha Coffee, Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Cacao Nibs from Ghana, and a very large amount of hazelnuts. These ingredients were quite expensive, hence the bottle price, but I tried to keep the cost as similar to Grasp as possible, even though I used the same adjunct ratio as Grasp for the coffee, but even more hazelnuts, even more cacao than I used in Territory, and the same amount of vanilla that was in Beans. This stout was boiled for about eight hours to achieve an even thicker, more viscous base for these adjuncts. The result is a Stout with a huge hazelnut and milk chocolate aroma and flavor. There are also notes of light coffee, brownie batter, fudge, marshmallow, caramel, and butterscotch. The vanilla makes it very creamy without using any lactose, making this the most “pastry” of the Stouts I have released yet and definitely the most adjunct-fueled.
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4.39/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Opaque brown with a modest tan head. Aroma and taste were very rich and intense, with bold vanilla, hazelnut, milk chocolate, and modest coffee. Very thick and sweet, close to the thickest pastry stout I can remember. Booze extremely well hidden. Enjoyable but a bit too sweet for me.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Jan 22, 2020
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3.55/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle. Black body, quite dark. Smells of coffee, hazelnut, and sweet fudge. Tastes very sweet. Coffee and chocolate. Hazelnut behind it, makes it a little astringent, but still very sweet. Boozy and sugary. Hefty and slow to drink. Tasty adjuncts, not sure I think it's a very good beer.

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4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was the best stout at extreme beer fest this year (2019). The look was flawless, dark brown to black w/ a mocha colored head. The aroma was sweet with vanilla and coconut with some burnt coffee/chocolate on the back. The flavor was perfect. On par if not a little better the Fundamental Observation. Mouthfeel was perfect. This is a must have, well worth trading for if you can.

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jvillefan from New York, Mar 31, 2019
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4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

not even sure this is a beer. This might be the all time pasty stout of all time (non barrel aged). It's like that time you accidentally poured 3/4 your cup of coffee with creamer and the rest of your 1/4 cup with actual coffee..... utterly delicious and amazing but probably terrible for you health wise.

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M_chav from New Mexico, Mar 22, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweetly hazelnutty, yet smoothly chocolatey and lightly tangy of vanilla with a full, frothy stark black body that builds a dark burnt mocha head to go along with the mocha flavor it develops.

This really is a delicious pastry stout to kick of what's more and more becoming a pastry-centric festival out in the Florida sun.

Happy Hunahpu's Day--beer #1 and no wait thanks to FFF!

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Sabtos from Ohio, Mar 20, 2019
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4.67/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour from EBF in Boston, MA.

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells quite sweet, but decadent. There's hazelnut truffle all over this aroma, with vanilla/marshmallow, brownie batter, caramel, nuts, and tons of chocolate fudge.

Of all the added flavorings, I get the most presence from hazelnut and the least from the coffee. The hazelnut just feels so silky and sweet and delightful, and melds well with some gooey marshmallow type flavors. The base beer is chocolatey and enhanced by the actual cocoa nibs added here, making for a stout that approximates a very high quality milkshake (in a good way).

This is thick and very chewy, with a good level of drinkability despite the ABV.

This was easily one of the best beers of the entire festival. It's silly and absurd, and one of the best examples of a pastry stout that you could possibly find.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Feb 05, 2019
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4.74/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an outstanding beer the chocolate and hazelnuts are very much present in taste and on the nose. Has a very coating mouthfeel feel, with a subtle sweetness.

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skiking70 from Maryland, Feb 05, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, snifter glass. Thick dark black body, viscous with a one finger white head, nice retention, not much lacing as expected. Solid legs on this as well. Smell is massive hazelnut and milk chocolate; the coffee isn't really present on the nose even as it warms; there is also a slight vanilla and distinctly chocolate-forward sweetness; the hazelnut and chocolate dominate throughout. Flavour is a bit more nuanced; the vanilla adds more of a slickness to the mouthfeel rather than any major contribution to flavour; the hazelnut and milk chocolate dominate the flavour, and the coffee seems to add more of a balancing bitterness on the backend to counteract the sweetness. Big nuttiness, sweet hazelnut, chocolate, slick vanilla finish, slight background of coffee to balance it all out. It's sweet but not obnoxiously so. Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy and creamy, a bit lighter on carbonation but not inappropriately so. A big pastry stout that ended up being well-integrated with all the adjuncts, which actually is really nice to see in this day and age. Price point is significantly higher than I'd like for a non-barrel-aged stout, but it was certainly worth the tick.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Dec 01, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank this on 10/23; reviewing on 10/25. No notes taken; from memory.

This was a stunner; rich hazelnut, smooth vanilla, indulgent chocolate & a light roast coffee note that left me nearly speechless.

Didn't know the hype on this one, but this was probably the best "new" stout I've had in the last 12 months. Can't wait to have another...

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Oct 26, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018 bottle...Fantastic stout--creamy thick mouthfeel, nose and flavors of milk chocolate, strong hazelnut, finishes with coffee and vanilla--very balanced...like a big gooey dessert cookie....sweet, but coffee balances it out so not cloyingly so (like some AC stouts)..... A winner!

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Ready4aHeady from New York, Oct 20, 2018
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4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily in the top 5 most flavorful stouts I have ever had, maybe #1. All flavors are natural and very balanced. This is the ultimate candy bar of stouts so if you are looking for something that tastes like beer you should pass on this one. For the style (pastry stout) this may have set the benchmark. I taste a liquid high quality candy bar with zero alcohol, very impressive. Layers and layers and layers of hazelnuts, chocolate with a sweet vanilla finish, intense and amazing!

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Kavinci from California, Oct 06, 2018
Proper Dose from Horus Aged Ales
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 70 ratings