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Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout

February, 2017
Judges Rating: 
90
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
34 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Star Hill Brewery’s Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout was evaluated as a 2015 BJCP Category 30A, a Spice Beer.

This beer has a strong roast, coffee-like, bittersweet chocolate aroma with hints of raisins, dried dates, burnt toffee and vanilla in the background and no discernable hop aroma.

It is an opaque black color and the head is a dense, creamy deep tan that is reminiscent of a coffee ice cream float.

The rich, bittersweet chocolate and big roast flavor is bold and complex and it lingers on the tongue with the roast dominating. This is balanced by a moderate hop bitterness and the slightly peppery spice hop flavor. This richly flavored beer has a clear alcohol presence, but it is not hot and the flavors are well balanced. The creamy and luscious body and the medium-low carbonation level makes it very easy drinking and the moderate alcohol level makes it a more session-able imperial stout than some other examples.  

A good beer to savor on a cold winter's night.

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