A cold winter day calls for breaking out a nice big stout to keep you warm. This was yet another one of my Christmas beers, so cheers to my wife for keeping me properly hydrated this season!
Beer Name: Spectral Evidence
Brewer: Mystic Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Description: I don’t have much info to share other than I had the 2015 vintage of this bottle fermented Imperial Stout.
Pour Info: Poured from a refrigerated 750 ml. corked and caged bottle into my drinking vessel of choice.
Appearance: Solid black body with a two finger foamy tan head.
Smell: Mild hints of sweetness and alcohol.
Taste: There were a lot of diverse and very intense tastes going on with this one. Dark malts and bittersweet chocolate were present throughout, occasionally imparting slightly earthy notes. These combined with a sweet alcohol heat and finished with roasted hazelnut coffee and mild to moderate bitterness. I found that the beer was it was at its best when left to sit out for a few minutes. When drinking the beer cold the tastes didn’t really come together nearly as well as they did as the it approached room temperature.
Mouthfeel: Thick and fluffy with minimal carbonation. Super smooth and really pleasing.
Hype Factor: I always feel like I don’t drink enough of this brewery’s beers, so I went in excited.
Overall: Well done and flavorful beer. It can be a bit much to drink solo, but don’t let that scare you off. It’s a sipper and a sharer.