Looking back, this past weekend was pretty eventful in these parts between my birthday, the Superbowl, and all the work I had to do. Last weekend also saw Boston host the annual Extreme Beer Festival downtown. While I was not able to attend this year, I did do some birthday shopping to take advantage of the local bottle shops receiving some special distribution in honor of the event.
Beer Name: Griddle Imperial Espresso Stout
Brewery: Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, NC)
Style: Imperial Stout
Description: The brewers give this beer a (perhaps appropriately) dark, metallic backstory before going on the describe its blend of sweetness, charred malts, and locally sourced coffee beans.
Appearance: Black body with a bubbly off-white head that was pretty quick to fizzle away.
Smell: Slightly sweet with fresh brewed coffee lingering in the background.
Taste: Freshly roasted coffee/espresso led the way, followed by a creamy sweetness that mixed notes of toffee and chocolate. A mildly roasty bitterness crept in on the finish and mixed with just a touch of heat as the beer sat for a few minutes. That heat, however, gave absolutely no indication that this beer was 10%. This was impressively smooth for a beer of its size.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with carbonation levels hovering somewhere in between low and moderate.
Hype: As alluded to in my intro, these cans sprang up with much fanfare in Boston-area shops. Delivery announcements came out fast and furious last week, with this brewery consistently being among the highlights.
Overall: I was pretty surprised by the feel and overall mellowness of this beer, especially in comparison to many of the other higher ABV stouts I’ve been having lately. That said, once I got past my preconceptions, I found myself really enjoying this. A delicious mix of coffee and sweetness, it definitely delivered as advertised. Great pickup.