Tasting: May 5, 2016
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Beer # 928
These days, there really is only one store that will “hold something” for me and I feel a sense of loyalty to this store. I tend to buy my everyday beer from this same shop to keep in good standing for the limited release beer. Every once in a while, I do visit a store in New York because they get a number of things that are not available to me in New Jersey. While I haven’t achieved “hold something” status, my last visit provided a bit of a surprise. While I was looking around, one of the owners pointed to a lone can by the door and said, “You’ll want that and it’s the last one”. Maybe that’s as close as I’ll come to “preferred” status but good or bad, I bought the can.
This is an intriguing brew. I certainly know Stillwater but I was unfamiliar with their collaboration partner – Casita Cerveceria. I did a Google search and the map pointed to Hill Rd in Greensboro Bend, Vermont. Well, every craft beer geek knows these hallowed grounds belong to Hill Farmstead. Turns out that Casita Cerveceria contract brews out of Hill Farmstead. Not sure this is an endorsement of this brewer. As it turns out the actual brewing of this beer was done by Two Roads in Connecticut and it promises to be a regular release.
Other than the bright Fruity Pebbles can, the massive 13% alcohol by volume just jumps off the label. I wasn’t sure of the On Fleek reference in the same since it isn’t in my vocabulary. Like every uncool dude, I had to look it up – slang (no kidding) adjective meaning: flawlessly styled or groomed. I’ll have to drop that into a future conversation with my kids.
Really, just a very straightforward imperial stout. I get a massive head and it doesn’t taste like it’s 13% ABV. Maybe it’s concealed well, maybe it isn’t 13%. Rich and smooth body. Some cherry under an avalanche of roasted flavor and some subtle sweetness. Whimpers on the the finish a bit. Would have liked to have some more chocolate or coffee flavors as well. Very generic imperial stout – 87 points.
I came to learn that On Fleek became available in New Jersey a couple of weeks later. Probably a one and done for me.