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Brewhouse Rarities: Tropical Stout

March, 2016
Judges Rating: 
93
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Full of roast, this stout packs a punch. While cold, the roast notes are ashy with a bit of coffee to follow through. A moderately high spicy hop character accompanies. Moderate bitterness balances the soft sweetness in the finish. As the beer begins to warm, its true character shines; subtle fruit esters of red apple, pear and strawberry show through. The roast also begins to soften upon warming and the mouthfeel becomes rich, creamy and quite velvety. The malt backbone arrives with notes of caramel and biscuit. This is a nice beer when cold, albeit resembling more of an American Stout than a Tropical one. As it warms though, the beer really takes on the character of the Tropical Stout, showcasing a nice complexity and a luscious mouthfeel.

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