Four Seasons - Summer '18

California
United States
Four Seasons - Summer '18, Mother Earth Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Using one of our established specialty stouts that holds up well in oak barrels, we laid down the beer knowing all we needed was time to let the casks do what they do best... infuse a beer with a beautifully soft wood character while mellowing out any overly astringent flavors. Unique to this vintage is the addition of fresh raspberries, in the latter part of the aging process, to the tune of 20 lbs. per barrel! This silky smooth Imperial Stout is best when it warms a bit: sipped and savored.

Profile

ABV: 
10.5%
IBUs: 
68.9
Served at: 
50º
Hops: 
Chinook
Malts: 
Pale Two-Row, Light Crystal, Dark Crystal, Roasted Barley, Flaked Wheat, Brown, Chocolate, Brown Sugar
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Four Seasons - Summer '18 by Mother Earth Brew Co. was judged as a Fruit Beer (29A). The base beer style is an Imperial Stout (20C). Raspberries, roasted grains suggesting chocolate and coffee, a touch of vanilla, and fruity-alcohol esters leap out of the glass and into the nose. One can imagine a raspberry-flavored extra dark chocolate confection and have a good idea of how this smells. The color is inky black with ruby highlights when direct light glints along the edges of the glass. A tan, thin layer of fine foam lingers mostly along the edges of the glass, but with wisps of Rorschach test formations all atop the surface. The flavor is much like the aroma with a rich, dark-chocolate quality accented with a raspberry syrup drizzle. Alcohol-ester nuttiness is evident along with not-too-harsh bourbon-barrel flavor that also delivers some vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium-full with a touch of alcohol heat and no astringency or other notable features or detractors. Overall, this is a bold and rich raspberry-enhanced Imperial Stout that deserves to be sipped on a cold evening next to the hearth to match the inner warmth of this beer with the outer warmth of a great fire.

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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