Friday, February 17

Beer Review: Southern Oregon Brewing Black Heart Imperial Stout


"Black Heart Imperial Stout is startlingly rich and complex as its roasted, chocolaty malt aromas and flavors are balanced perfectly with Warrior hops. A slight alcohol heat lends a spice to this mammoth beer which finishes with a creamy smooth texture on the palate. Black Heart is full of body and not for the faint of heart." — Southern Oregon Brewing Co."

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Appearance: (3.5)
- Pretty heavy pour yielded about a half finger of light mocha colored head.. settled to a large island of foam in the center, and a small ring at the edges. The brew is super dark with maybe only a tiny bit of ruby red hue showing through.

Smell: (4.0)
- Nice mocha and chocolate notes, oats, grain, sweet aromas.. and a bit of sharp alcohol shining through. Some esters, fig... but overall just a smooth oatmeal-like aroma.

Taste: (4.0)
- Raisin, fig, esters, along with a wheat and oatmeal quality. Light cocoa and earthy grassy hop bitterness. Little touch of alcohol melded in. Overall not bad, and not overbearing.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium to heavy body.. quite creamy and rich feeling. Well carbonated, and only a touch chewy with a subtle dryness.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is a solid stout, and is a smooth drinker though some alcohols are present. i am sure this could be super smooth with a little time, not more than a year, on the bottle. It doesn't strike me with a bang, but it is solid and good.

3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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