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I’m just going to assume you are all aware there was a rather significant football game played yesterday.  What most people don’t know about yesterday, however, is that it also happened to be my birthday!  It happens every few years or so that the two events coincide, so I wanted to make sure I had a beer suitable for both celebrating my birthday and watching the game.  Since I was sharing the day, this seemed like an excellent choice.

Beer Name: Share This: OC

Brewery: The Bruery (Placentia, CA)

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 11.0%

Description: The brewery’s official description lists this as a rich Imperial Stout infused with orange-chocolate flavors.  Read more about it here.

Appearance: Thick black body with a layer of tan foam up top.

Smell: Oranges mixed with roasted malts and a little bit of heat.

Taste: Rich, creamy malts upfront mixed with notes of orange zest and bittersweet chocolate.  The orange and chocolate combined seamlessly around mid-sip where the beer also started  taking on hints of roasted coffee.  The finish was a roasty combination of the aforementioned malts, orange, and chocolate mixed with a nice bit of heat for good measure.  Very smooth and well-blended flavors throughout.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth with a very low-level of carbonation.

Hype: This was a (presumably pricey) gift beer from a very well-regarded brewery, so I did have high hopes for it.

Overall: I enjoyed this a lot.  The orange and chocolate really added something extra to this beer, taking what tasted like an excellent base stout to another level.  Very, very well done.