Proper Dose | Horus Aged Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Horus Aged Ales
California, United States
horusbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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.

Added by StoutSnob40 on 08-30-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
4
Ratings:
19
pDev:
4.26%
 
 
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4.63/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of whitenads
4.56/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Datdubj1988
4.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.22/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.55/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of SpinSamzo
4.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rcjennings
4.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wellsnb
4.77/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brockrexius
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tukiluka
4.82/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerJ
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dizzy242
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mohaghandi
4.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4.75/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.85/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Proper Dose from Horus Aged Ales
Beer rating: 4.69 out of 5 with 19 ratings