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Lunatic Imperial Stout

November, 2015
Judges Rating: 
87
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
14 / 20

The opaque black body of the Lunatic Imperial Stout is crowned with a persistent head of tiny brown bubbles and an inviting aroma of rich dark coffee roast and chocolate oranges. No burnt notes, caramel, or fruity esters in the aroma. When swirled, the legs on the side of the glass betray the 9% ABV. The body is full, velvety and chewy – simply enveloping – though a touch too syrupy and hot. The flavor is rich, complex and subtle like a single-origin dark chocolate bar. The finish is dry and somewhat rough – burnt notes mixed with slightly hot alcohol notes are followed by a lingering, moderate, roast-derived astringency. 

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