Made a trip up to Flossmoor today after checking their blog and noticing they just tapped Young Sarge. This beer is a black hole that sucks up everything in its path. No light breaks through or escapes. Pours with tremendous viscosity and leaves legs as it's swirled about the snifter. The pour formed a small beige head that faded to a ring. Left a few patches here and there. The looks get you ready for what you know is going to be a big boisterous stout.
Aroma was excellent! Big notes of vanilla and bourbon kick things off before they fade and meld flawlessly with dark chocolate fudge. Every now and then there's a hint of dark fruit, figs mostly but this is all about big chocolate and dark roasted maltiness.
Young Sarge is one of the best stouts I've ever had in my life which also makes it one of the best beers I've ever sampled. Vanilla and the perfect mix of bourbon and oak start things off before flowing into, and complimenting, a mouthful of rich dark molten fudge. Alcohol is non-existent. This beer is absolutely delicious!
The mouthfeel, again, is spot on. I mentioned the molten fudge in the flavor; the mouthfeel is just the same. This beer is rich, thick, and chewy with a touch of graininess in the mouth. Coats the mouth and keeps the flavors lingering. Perfect!
This much alcohol in a stout, or any beer for that matter, usually keeps me from enjoying more than a glass or two. I could drink Young Sarge all night long without a problem. One of the easiest drinking big stouts I've encountered.
Young Sarge is an incredible stout. This ranks up there with some of the best in the world. It's unfortunate it's only on tap and not for growler sales. Young Sarge is yet another great beer from Flossmoor.
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