Friday, January 13, 2017

8 Wired iStout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20ChadPolenz (1747) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2017

DOB: B397

2015 BJCP Category: 20C Imperial Stout

AROMA: Prominent sweetness with especially strong notes of caramel and chocolate. A general dark malt aroma but not particularly roasty. Black licorice is present. Fairly strong presence of citrusy/floral hops. Alcohol imparts slight whiskey note. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque jet black with dark brown highlights. Large dark tan froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Very sweet throughout the entire first half. Chocolate and caramel flavors are quite prominent from the malts. There is a background note of black licorice. Notable bitterness at the apex with a slight citrus taste. Roasted malt emerges on the backend with slight burnt toast and unsweetened chocolate flavor. Aftertaste is a pleasant mix of confectionery syrup flavors and coffee. Alcohol is subtle but imparts slight whiskey sweetness; no obtuse booziness or smoke. 19/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Texture is soft and smooth; almost velvety. Alcohol is subdued and deceptive; but beer does not taste or feel syrupy. Aftertaste is bittersweet; akin to peanut brittle. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A delicious, wonderfully drinkable World Class imperial stout. Almost perfection. 10/10