The Bruery So Happens It’s Tuesday (2016) – American Double / Imperial Stout at 14.7% ABV | 22 IBU

The Bruery So Happens It’s Tuesday (2016) American Double / Imperial Stout at 14.7% ABV | 22 IBU (C$25.50 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 750 ml, packaged on 30-Sep-2016, acquired 13-Dec-2016, reviewed 31-Oct-2017)

Appearance: near opaque black with moderate relief at the margins, a fizzy short-lived loose beige head, no lacing. (4/5) Aroma: bourbon, cocoa, raisins, molasses, coffee, vanilla, liquorice. (9/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: full slick body, moderate-high carbonation, off-dry lingering and building bitter warming (verging on harsh) finish. (3/5)

Another slightly special one from the cellar – and on a Tuesday, no less. Very big, very hot. The label makes the fairly risible claim that this is “affable” – yeah, about as affable as a kick in the teeth. It would probably be excessively mouth coating and sticky were it not for the surprisingly high carbonation, which is a bit outside spec for the style, but actually not unwelcome. The alcohol is emphatically present, both as the bourbon barrel notes dominating the front end, but also in a finish that would charitably called “warming” (or, less charitably, “harsh”). (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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