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With a week of winter storms in our forecast, my wife and I stepped out the other day to make sure we had sufficient supplies for the house.  Included (of course) in that outing was a stop at our local neighborhood brewery. I noticed earlier in the day that they had a couple of things of interest to me, in particular this big new stout that seemed perfectly suited for winter weather.

Beer Name: Double Crossroader

Brewery: Idle Hands Craft Ales (Malden, MA)

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 13.3%

Description: A powered up version of the brewery’s Crossroader Imperial Stout brewed with brewed with maple syrup and aged on American toasted oak.  The four-pack of cans cost $22.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown/black body with a small amount of light tan lacing across the top of the glass.

Smell: A subtle blend of boozy maple syrup, lightly roasted malts, and some oak influence.

Taste: There was a whole lot of flavor to unpack with this one!  I got intermingling tastes of dark malt, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and maple on the front end before the brew came to a moderately warm finish that showed off the oak aging processing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation.  I was honestly a bit surprised this wasn’t a bit thicker, but that did not negatively impact my drinking experience.

Hype: The base stout was well received when it came out a little while ago and they couldn’t have planned on releasing this at a better time.  Idle Hands has also been pretty low-key in terms of drawing in the hardcores beer hunting crowd, but I was certainly excited about this one.

Overall: Very, very good.  The beer’s great blend of flavors combined with its nice, warming feeling made this one a winner in my book!  Definitely a great choice for sitting back and watching the snow fall and well worth the money.