Sunday, July 2, 2017

New Belgium Clutch

ChadPolenz (1807) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2017

BBD: 5/6/2018

2015 BJCP Category: 28C Wild Specialty Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout)

AROMA: Strong sour grape scent along with chocolate, dark malt, slight citrus. Sweet nose overall. No alcohol presence. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Dark black, nearly opaque. Large tan froth, retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong malt base with notes of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Moderately sweet palette enhanced by the sourness on finish which imparts slight fruity flavor (almost candy-like). Bitterness is low, though sour character makes up for it. Fruit punch-like flavors on the finish. Though mostly to spec, taste is surprisingly mild overall. Sourness is a little too tame. Imperial stout base is not all that imperial. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-low carbonation. Feels a little flat and watery for an 8.5% ABV brew. No alcohol warmth. Sourness is not puckering. No astringency. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: If ever there were a pedestrian wood-aged imperial sour stout - this is it. Not bad, just far from great. 6/10