Thursday, September 13, 2018

Southern Tier Samoa This

Fill date: 3/19/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout)

AROMA: Fairly strong coconut presence with nearly equally strong caramel syrup and a subtle salt presence. Sweet milk chocolate and shortbread. Malts and hops are obscured by the additives, but because this is marketed as a novelty brew that's acceptable. Definitely smells like the cookie it is emulating. No alcohol presence. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Straight black body (44+ SRM). Small, dark tan soapy suds evaporate quickly and leaves a little lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Cookie-like taste as advertised, though also quite boozy. Chocolate syrup and alcohol are prominent immediately. Coconut is noticeable at first, but recedes quickly; it emerges again in the aftertaste. Caramel, salt, and shortbread flavors all make up the backend. Despite the dessert nature of the brew, it is actually not all that sweet. The alcohol is rather high and dries out the palette with a lingering cough syrup aftertaste.  Slight fruity flavors from the dark malt, but nothing roasty. Bitterness is rather low with no distinct hop flavor (none needed). 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderately-low carbonation. Smooth, slightly sticky. Alcohol is a bit obtuse at 10% ABV and is quite warm and drying. Despite this, overall drinkability is not challenging. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Is the tasty liquid cookie it claims to be, though it is rather gimmicky. Much more boozy than it needs to be and lacks a solid imperial stout base. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 35/50

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