Monday, December 12

Beer Review: Silver City Brewing Imperial Stout


"An extremely black beer with massive roasted malt character balanced with assertive hopping from Northwest Chinook hops, fruity esters and a sinister alcohol content. Brewed in late fall/early winter and a is limited release. Alcohol By Volume: 9.2% Hops: Chinook Malts: NW Pale, British Pale, Roast, Black, Munich, Flaked Barley, Caramel, Brown Malt, Chocolate IBU’s: 60 2007 - North American Beer Awards Bronze Medal Winner 2005 - North American Beer Awards Silver Medal Winner 2004 - Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner 2004 - North American Beer Awards Gold Medal Winner."

Appearance: (3.5)
- Super dark and somewhat clear brown brew. Very robust looking brown at the edges of the liquid. A heavy pour really didn't yield very much head, but a finger of light tan foam which quickly dissipated to a small ring, and some scattered traces in the middle.

Smell: (3.5)
- A rather sweet stout with quite the caramel scent really. Light roasted coffee flare, a bit of oatmeal chocolate, and quite the caramel flare. Little alcohol and grassy hop touch.

Taste: (4.0)
- Grainy, some oats and barley flare, perhaps a little roasted bready character.. overall some nice coffee flavors, and chocolate. Bitter coffee and grass hop flare. Little tart, perhaps a slight aceto edge to it, but overall it has a great balanced flavor and unique coffee-like touch to it.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- This is where I think this stout falls a bit short. It is a rather thin and watery stout. I expected a heavier body and a bit more foamy carbonation. It's well carbonated, but has the body of a bubbly pale ale.

Overall: (3.5)
- This stout has a great flavor, and shows promise. I just feel it can be refined a little more, and perhaps use a little more grain and build up some body. I wonder if some heavy adjunct usage occurred to boost the alcohol in this one. Just a little too home-brewy to me. Like the coffee/carmel flare though.

B / 3.68

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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