Tasting: January 27, 2017
Style: Russian Imperial Stout aged on hazelnut, cacao nibs and vanilla beans
Beer #: 1,032
Westbrook 6th Anniversary Hazelnut Chocolate Imperial Stout
Let’s forget that this is my third straight hazelnut beer and let’s talk about cacao nibs. As you probably know, chocolate is made from cacao. The cacao pods grow on trees and the pods contain cacao beans. The nibs are simply cacao beans that have been roasted, separated from their husks and broken into smaller pieces. Essentially, raw chocolate minus the fat and sugar additives that make commercial chocolate sweet and creamy. In addition to chocolate flavor, a beer that adds cacao nibs might also have some nutty flavor. At one time, I was confused by cacao and cocoa and wondered if they were the same thing. Cocoa is the term used to refer to cacao that has been heated at a higher temperature and comes in the familiar powdered form.
Now onto the beer. This was a squealer fill from Cable Beverage. In case you didn’t know, a squealer is a 32 ounce container where a growler is a 64 ounce container. I popped it open a few hours after the fill.
It’s bit of a let down and I am thankful that I opted for the squealer. On the plus side there is some chocolate sweetness and mellow roasted flavors. I’ll also give it props on it’s slick mouthfeel. On the negative side, I have to ask myself if I really can taste any hazelnut. One more negative is the astringent booziness. It runs this beer over. I was really hoping for a crisp nuttiness but my hazelnut streak ends at two. Next up Brew Bus Hazelnut Spread Porter. As far as Westbrook 6th Anniversary Chocolate Hazelnut Stout, I’ll put it at 87 points.
While you’re here why not check out my thoughts on Westbrook 5th Anniversary – 91 Points. That one fared a little better.
Cheers. Have you had this beer? Let me know your thoughts.