Archive for the ‘Imperial Stout’ Category


Day #364 – Deschutes The Abyss

December 31, 2011

364. To many it is merely a number. A number that doesn’t get used very often, has no real meaning or representation outside of being in-between 363 and 365, but to me it has meaning. It represents 364 days of hard work, planning, drinking beer and writing about it. It represents being on the precipice of completing a journey and achieving a goal that I set for myself 364 days ago. I am almost there. What better way to celebrate a year of beer than to finish up with a couple beers that are a year old? Today and tomorrow I will be featuring beers that are as old (or older) than this blog. I am SUPER excited about both….but first we have today’s beer.

Deschutes The Abyss


Holy Crap. This is one of the biggest, baddest beers out there on the market today, and I am pleased to have it sitting in front of me today. This is The Abyss, an imperial stout from Deschutes Brewery out of Bend, Oregon. It is 11% ABV and will knock your socks off if you aren’t worthy of it’s greatness. Keep in mind that I said I was only going to review beers available in the Dallas-Fort Worth market for this blog, and for the most part I stuck to that (with a few exceptions). I can happily say that I am sticking with that mantra today as I purchased this beer at Hall’s Grocery in Colleyville way back in March. At the time this was the first time The Abyss had been available in our market and I jumped on the opportunity to purchase one. It has since come once more a few months ago but does not last long. You can only find it at high end beer and liquor stores, and in small quantities at that. This is the 2010 batch, and says Best AFTER 11/13/11. I love that it has a reverse expiration date. Here we go! By the way, I am sharing this with 5 friends…the way any good beer should be enjoyed.

This beer is dark, there is no other way to say it. It has a dark black pour with a foamy tan head that looks like a loaf of bread. If you swirl this beer around it completely sticks to the side of the glass. Looks like straight motor oil and I love it!

Lovely chocolate aroma. Big notes of spice, almost peppery in a way with a licorice sweetness. Gentle perfumy scent as well. Note that I served this beer at just under room temperature and boy did it make the bouquet explode!

Taste is deep rich chocolate with bitter coffee. Very nice finish. Lovely. I sipped on this for perhaps half an hour, and I only had a few ounces of it in my glass to begin with. If you can find this beer, I highly recommend getting it, but please…do these 2 things for me. Well, 3 things.

1. Put it in your closet and forget about it for a year.

2. Serve it just under room temperature. (Think of it as a red wine)

3. Share it with friends.


1 more beer after today!!! Cheers!


Day #351 – Jester King Farmhouse Black Metal Imperial Stout

December 18, 2011

Day 4 is a big-time beer and one I have been looking forward to for a LONG time.

Jester King Farmhouse Black Metal Imperial Stout

This is their big boy, the Black Metal, an Imperial Stout. I reviewed the original of this back on Day #105 and I loved it. It was just what I was hoping it would be, and so I can be honest in saying that I am anxious and nervous at the same time to try the new version. Farmhouse strains have a bit of funkiness to them and I am a little skeptical to see how it will affect this fat imperial stout.

This is an Imperial Stout, and the new version is a lower ABV than before. It is now only 9% (ONLY 9% ha!) and that was due to adding a smaller amount of fermentable sugars, as the Farmhouse yeast did not require it. This lead to lower gravities and therefore less alcohol. Not that that’s a bad thing though. Let’s check it out.

This beer pours a very dark black color. No light gets through this one. It foams up big time with lots of brown bubbles. Foamy.

The aroma is dark chocolate, big roasted notes, light coffee, dark malts with a touch of light sweetness. There is certainly a distinct aroma due to the farmhouse yeast.

The flavor is dark malts, sweet flavors with roasted cocoa, lightly bittered on the finish. There is a slight twinge I would say from the farmhouse yeast.

I think I prefer the original version of this with the English Ale yeast as it had a larger chocolate presence.




Day #324 – Victory Storm King Imperial Stout

November 22, 2011

Victory Storm King Imperial Stout


This is a big beer from Victory, and is one of their best sellers. An Imperial Stout at 9.1%, it’ll make your evening, and I am hoping it will make mine. 🙂 It is appropriate that there is a big storm on the way this evening. I will enjoy it all the more.

This beer pours dark black. Very dark black that does not let any light through. The head on this is beige and leaves a ring of head.

The aroma is very roasted, dark malts and grains with a light bitter chocolate and a touch of hops. Almost a bit of coffee on this as well, but it is bitter coffee.

The flavor is dark malts, bitter hops and chocolate. There is a mix between a roasted grain finish and earthy hops near the end. Almost reminds me of a Black IPA. Man this is good stuff though.




Day #294 – Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

October 22, 2011

Ahhh. So glad to finally be getting around to this beer. It’s a biggie!

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout


This is one of Brooklyn’s most revered beers. It is an imperial stout at 10.6%.

This beer pours a very dark black color with a tan colored head.

This beer has an aroma that changes over the time it takes to warm up. Maple syrup, warm chocolate, wood and a certain booze quality fit the nose.

The flavor is dark chocolate, and big toasty notes. Roasty and smoked almost for sure. Big chocolate notes, booze and a slight sweetness fill the palate. Very good.




Day #286 – Left Hand Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout

October 14, 2011

Sitting out by a fire tonight enjoying the nice weather and I feel it’s time to break from the pumpkin beer streak and break out something heavy.


Left Hand Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout

This beer is brewed by Left Hand Brewing Company out of Longmont, Colorado. It’s an Imperial Stout and a pretty hefty one at that. At 10.4% this guy packs a punch! Apparently this is the same recipe as the original Left Hand Imperial Stout. I like the label and name much better on this one.


This beer pours a pitch black color. It is very dark indeed with maybe a hint of light near the edges. Nice foamy tan colored head.

Aroma is very roasty, in fact that is the first thing I pick up on. Roasted notes and bitter black malts. Some coffee notes and bakers chocolate as well.

Taste is upfront a dry roasted bitter flavor that holds true through the finish. It has a hint of coffee and chocolate in the middle but these flavors do not last very long and are overtaken by the roastyness again.


I only got a small pour of this, split with friends but I can definitely feel its strength.



Day #229 – Real Ale XV

August 18, 2011

Specialty beer is up for today, and boy is it a good one.

Real Ale XV

Real Ale came out with an anniversary series 2 years ago in celebration of their 13th anniversary. At the time it was merely a one-off beer that fit in a larger series of other beers. However a year after they came out with a 14th and now we have a 15th anniversary. I am pretty sure this will continue on. All 3 anniversary beers have been very different, this one included. It is classified as an Imperial Stout, and I was a bit surprised by this but Real Ale has never released an Impy Stout! This was their first one so I was super excited to get my first taste of a Texas Imperial Stout. It also has an ABV of 9.8% so watch out!

This beer is absolutely pitch black, no light gets through. It has a light tan head that leaves some bit of residue on the ring of the glass.

Aroma is dark malts, heavy brown sugar, milk chocolate and roasted notes. Certainly a good smelling beer and comes off as heavy and strong.

Flavor is dark malts, fairly bitter, some dark chocolate notes but man is this good. Lots of solid roasty notes with a very thick mouthfeel. Well done for sure!




Day #194 – Oskar Blues Ten FIDY

July 14, 2011

Thursday night! What an occasion for an Imperial Stout!

Oskar Blues Ten FIDY


Oskar Blues is out of Lyons, Colorado. They are one of the pioneers of craft beer canning technology. Yes ladies and gentlemen, this is an imperial stout from a can. ABV on this bad boy is 10.5%. (Get it? 10-50?)

Check out that pour!! This sucker is dark and black! It pours like used motor oil. Dark black, oily with a fat brown head.

The aroma is dark dark malts, huge roasted notes and some deep chocolate. Quite roasted.

The flavor is upfront roasted notes with a tingly chocolate flavor after. Dark chocolate and toasted grains fill the aftertaste. Slight bitterness on the finish. Man this stuff is thick and heavy.