Tasting: July 19, 2014
Style: Imperial Stout
Beer #: 560
I Love You With My Stout
Today was a good beer day. My wife was visiting college friends in Baltimore for the weekend so I turned up some research on craft beer outlets in the city. Crazy that there was a “rare bottle” sale going today at a place called Max’s. She went well after the line dissipated and did pick up a bottle of De Struise’s Black Albert; another bottle of Prairie/Evil Twin Bible Belt as well as a bottle of the massive 17.2% ABV Bozo by Evil Twin. She told me there were some a number of variants of De Struise’s Damnation – but she refused to pay $60 for a bottle. While I would have loved to have any of these bombers, I have to agree that the price was way too steep.
While she was away and the kids went to the farm co-op with grandma for the morning, I paid a trip to Cable Beverage in Rockland County. I had heard so much about the place that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. It looks like someone packed tons of beer in someone’s basement. Narrow aisles stacked deep with amazing labels and no particular sorting. I came for Evil Twin’s Even More Jesus but was pleasantly surprised to add Evil Twin Aun Mas Cafe Jesus, Founders’ Sweet Repute, Cigar City’s Jai Alai, Thirsty Dog’s barrel-aged Siberian Night, Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve stout as well as Speedway and Old Numbskull from Ale Smith.
So much stout – I had to celebrate by cracking open an opaque beauty. My choice? A recent acquisition – a gift from a recent visit from a friend from Arizona.
Amazingly complex flavors of cocoa powder, weak creamy coffee, bitter chocolate, cherries and charred wood. This flavor explosion is tucked under some overpowering boozy heat. The burn in this 12% ABV imperial stout relents somewhat with some aggressive swirls in my glass releasing some of the ethers. The mouthfeel of I Love You With My Stout is rich and sticky. I Love You With My Stout is a mixed bag but certainly more good – or rather great than bad. I’ll put I Love You With My Stout at a solid 93 points.