Tasting: March 1, 2013
Style: Imperial Stout
President Obama unintentionally lit up Twitterdom today with a faux-pas of epic proportion. When speaking about the sequester, he said that he couldn’t do a “Jedi mind-meld” on republicans. If you haven’t picked up on it, he crossed two sci-fi universes. Vulcans, like Mr. Spock of Star Trek do mind-melds, while Jedis of Star Wars control people’s minds with — well — Jedi mind tricks. Forget the national debt debate – this one touched a raw nerve with the Sheldon Coopers of the world.
Speaking of Star Wars – when I hear the word insidious and I think of Darth Sidious of Star Wars. If you recall, he was Chancellor Palpatine’s Sith form — or for the lay person, he was the Emperor with the cloak and pruned face. Insidious means treacherous and crafty and the moniker fit the character. There is plenty of debate among Star Wars geeks on why they didn’t just call him Darth Insidious. Some point to the same reason that Darth Vader wasn’t called Darth Invader.
Anyway on to the main event. I really thought I had picked up the bourbon-barrel aged version of the beer of the same name – but on further review — it isn’t. I’m bummed – but it’s my fault. This one has an ABV of 9%. My first impression is that this is very drinkable, mellow flavors wash over the palate…chocolate, coffee, caramel and a some dark cherries. No carbonation and alcohol is nicely concealed. It’s thin and the initial flavors disappear a couple of sips in. After about one-third of the bottle is gone, it’s worn out its welcome. I hope for big and chewy in imperial stouts — this one isn’t offensive, it just misses the mark – 84 points.