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Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
60 3 7 11 4 5 2010
Blue Mountain

This RIS arrived at my table with a creamy dense beige head that lasted forever and left thick drink lines after each sip. Sheet lacing was left between each history line. Beneath the everlasting nitro head was a midnight black body that didn't allow a hint of light to shine through. I love the appearance of nitro beer and this one was done just right.

The second I stuck my nose in the glass I was hit by heavily roasted malts. The aroma on this beer is pretty straightforward. These deeply roasted malts are front and center but I get an underlying current of burnt rubber and alcohol fumes. The last two aren't all that strong but they are present enough to drop this beers score a notch.

The hot rubber came across even more on the tongue but it actually managed to grow on me as I drank, not much but enough to keep me drinking. The heavily roasted malts lead the way again with a drizzling of molasses. This RIS is just too one dimensional; where's the coffee, dark fruits, or chocolate. The alcohol isn't quite hot but the fumes do rise through the nose.

I'm not a big fan of the mouthfeel on nitro beers and especially on big stouts like this. I want a big heavy oily mouthfeel but what I got was creamy and too airy/light for my liking. I think Blue Mountain is doing this beer a disservice by putting it on nitro.

Although at first I was unsure if I liked this beer or not it did grow on me throughout the glass and I actually found myself drinking it pretty quickly.

I was looking forward to giving this beer a try when I noticed it on tap and found out it was the base beer for Dark Hollow, I was a little disappointed. There's not much complexity and the nitro dumbs this beer down.

Reviewed: 10/21/08

Served In: Snifter

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