Sin Tax

California
United States
Sin Tax by Mother Earth Brew Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Don’t let it fool you. This is an imperial stout first and foremost. Deep dark malts lend espresso notes and British crystal malts contribute the perfect toffee and caramel flavor. Despite the dry finish there is a wonderful molasses character compliments of brown cane sugar, and just enough residual sugar to finish full-bodied but never cloying. The peanut butter is simply featured to augment what is already there...a fantastic example of a legendary beer style.

Profile

ABV: 
8.1%%
IBUs: 
55
Served at: 
55 - 60º
Hops: 
CTZ
Malts: 
PALE 2 ROW, C15, WHITE WHEAT, CHOCO WHEAT, ROASTED BARLEY, BLACK MALT, FLAKED OATS, MED/DARK CRYSTAL, BROWN SUGAR
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Evaluated as BJCP2015 style 30A (Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer, specifically including nuts), with a base style of 20C (Imperial Stout).  Pours a very deep dark mahogany with ruby red highlights, and a large tan head of tiny bubbles (almost looks like nitro).  The head fades to a thin layer quickly, but more small and medium bubbles are generated when swirled.  Moderately roasty (but not bitter) aroma with hints of peanut butter and light toffee; creamy like cappuccino and sweet chocolate.  The flavor presents the peanut butter quite well, without the usual peanut butter oiliness, more like PB2 or PBFit powder.  A nice debittered roastiness with moderate espresso coffee notes that lingers into an off-dry finish.  Medium-high bittering balances out the peanut butter.  There is substantial alcohol in this beer, but it is clean ethanol, and pleasantly balances the rest of the flavors.  Hops are an afterthought both in the aroma and flavor, and come across as slightly earthy and slight floral.  Full mouth-filling body with moderate carbonation, this beer finishes with a long coffee and chocolate note and nuttiness.  Drink this in front of the fireplace, in a snifter, and enjoy it slowly to let it warm up.  Or in an outside hot tub when it's snowing.  Be sure to have a bunch of nice hot croissants slathered with raspberry jam to snack on - and you'll get a tasty PB and J!

Brewery Introduction

Founded in 2010 by three passionate brewers, Mother Earth Brewing Co. had one goal; to create distinguished, hand crafted beers that stimulate sensory conversation and a desire for the next sip. From a modest garage, to over 70,000 sq. ft., Mother Earth Brewing Co. maintains our original goal –... Read More

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