Murdered Out Stout

Washington
United States
Murdered Out Stout
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

Like a black car with matching rims and tinted windows, this Irish Dry Stout is as dark as it gets. Dehusked, roasted malt gives it the sinister color as well as a smooth flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. True to style, the malt is balanced by a hoppy, dry-roasted bitterness making it perfectly appropriate whatever the weather.

Profile

ABV: 
5.1%
IBUs: 
31
Hops: 
Golding
Malts: 
Gambrinus ESB Pale, Weyerman De-husked Carafa II
Judges Review 
Rick Franckhauser's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Roasted malts, coffee and bitter cocoa combine with some low-level earthy hop aromas and prune-like esters hide underneath it all. At first sight. this beer appears black and opaque but when held up to light, it is a deep ruby. A thick, tan head drops to a creamy cap which lingers throughout. Roasted malts, bitter coffee and unsweetened cocoa flavors coat the palate. Moderate hopping combines with the roast for a decidedly firm bitterness. The roast also helps to dry out the finish. The medium-light body has moderate carbonation and is neither creamy nor astringent, though it is a tad sharp. Between the roast and hops, the beer is quite bitter. This is an excellent take on an Irish Stout, but I would have appreciated a little more creaminess to round out the flavor; however, this is more of a personal preference than a stylistic requirement.

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