poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no date on the
bottle, however, I bought it directly from the brewer so I’m assuming
it’s fairly fresh. It cost $5 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black body. Forms a small, dark tan, foamy head which
doesn’t completely evaporate and leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Strong vanilla aroma, similar to cake batter. A general sweet stout scent with hints of dairy.
Taste: Though "Got Your Back" is an imperial coffee oatmeal stout, I
actually get more of a vanilla flavor from it than anything else. It’s
reminiscent of Southern Tier’s Crème Brûlée stout, but without any
cloying characteristics. This is a delicious dessert beer for sure and
well balanced so no individual flavors overwhelm the palette.
Much like a milk stout up front with a sweet dairy flavor, though this
is probably due to the oatmeal its brewed with. A hefty bitterness
breaks through in the middle of the swig, which is a touch dry, almost
salty (like peanut butter), which then gives way to a smooth rush of
vanilla sweetness. The ingredients list is unusual, but interesting:
seven types of malts, two hops, decaf Sumatra French coffee, and a
Belgian yeast strain are responsible for this palette and they work
together extremely well. I’m a fan for sure.
Drinkability: You’d never know "Got Your Back" was 9% ABV if you were to
drink it blind. Absolutely no alcohol presence in the nose or in the
taste anywhere, making this a highly drinkable beer. Even though it’s
brewed with Belgian yeast it doesn’t have a spastic, fizzy mouthfeel.
While on the thicker side, it’s not a viscous stout and its quite
comfortable in the mouth with only a mildly dry aftertaste. It goes down
easily making it an ideal sipper, though I could see it pairing well
with the right meal.