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Another musically themed beer from Lamplighter Brewing Company that put a song in my head.  I’m not sure if I am officially declaring a Stout Season this year, but from here on out just go ahead and assume we’re already there.

Beer Name: After Midnight

Brewery: Lamplighter Brewing Company (Cambridge, MA)

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9%

Description: The label on the can told me that this Imperial Stout was brewed with Bourbon Madagascar coffee beans and over 200 pounds of Vermont maple syrup.  

Appearance: Poured a thick black body that got topped off by a thin tan head.

Smell: A light amount of roast mix a bit of heat mixed in.

Taste: A lot of bold tastes going on in here.  The front part of the beer featured an inviting blend of sweet, bitter, and roasty flavors.  Dark chocolate, espresso, and molasses were the standouts.  Towards the finish there was a subtle change in the balance of flavors with a bit of maple syrup, vanilla bean, medium roast coffee coming through.  It culminated with just a slight bit of heat on the very end.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with a very minor amount of carbonation.  Pleasant warming feeling on the end.

Hype: I had a good feeling about this one when I saw it.  The can I bought was the last of its kind on the shelf, so I felt like it was meant to be.

Overall: A very, very good brew that was executed amazingly well.  I was heavily into this flavor profile a few years ago and had this existed then I probably would have stockpiled as if for the zombie apocalypse.  Though my tastes today are a bit different today, instill really enjoyed this beer and highly recommend it.