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Review by Dr. Rockzo on 01/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 17 5 9 0
Picked up a growler fresh from the taproom just an hour ago. Poured into a Surly imperial pint glass.

A: This is one of the most beautiful stouts I’ve ever come across. Pours out a lush and deep burnt-brown/verging-on-black colored liquid with a late rising, but very puffy 2+ finger cappuccino/light-mocha colored head. Awesome retention and wonderfully thick, sheety lacing. A cocoa brown hue at the edge of the glass appears with some back light.

S: The smell is so wonderfully complex and also bright and vibrant. The different components of grapefruit/orange citrus hops, spicy rye, and cocoa powder/chocolate maltiness forms a perfect combo and they all work together in tandem as opposed to competing for attention. The rye and brightly citrusy American hops work especially well together. Freshness is plainly evident as well. Fucking incredible aroma overall.

T: The taste just about matches the aroma in both complexity, harmony, and intensity. A big wash of cocoa powder and citrus hops (with maybe a hint of pine as well) hit first before some grassy bitterness and dry spicy rye with backing chocolate notes and a bit of a multigrain breadiness transition in. The finish is all hops and rye, with only a touch of dark caramel sweetness. Lovin’ it! :pickle:

M: THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is how I likes my stouts to feel. The body is solidly medium with a soft but moderate level of backing carbonation. The consistency starts a touch sweet for a stickiness factor but the drying, fairly bitter hops and spicy rye dominate the finish with a crisp, refreshing bite. This goes down WAY too easily, especially when I usually tend to slow down my normal pace on most stouts. Absolutely no trace of boozy heat either.

D: Baumé begs you to take sip after sip, and you can’t help but listen. Everything about the chocolate malt, rye, hops combo is so very delicious and satisfying, and also the dry, refreshing finish along with being only 7% ABV helps the sessionability greatly. This is my new favorite American Stout, by a long shot.

I can’t recommend this beer enough, everyone on TBS needs to try this beer fresh at least once in their life, it’s simply amazing stuff.

Price: $12.00 Served In: Pint Glass