Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lupulin Simcoe Imperial Stout

Lupulin Simcoe Imperial Stout, American Imperial Stout dry-hopped with Simcoe hops. Lupulin Brewing, Big Lake, MN. 75 IBU, 9% ABV.

Full ebony coloration (or lack thereof), reflecting zero light, with a lustrous helping of cocoa-tinged head atop, leaving lacey traces.

Aroma: Roasty, creamy, grassy. Chocolate-y pine cones, with a hint of espresso. Very nice.

In the mouth:  Nicely hopped up front, then the malt takes over. In comes the richness, velvety smooth, getting bigger on the palate, alcohol on board. Everything's getting bigger, but it all stays smooth and palatable, with hop bitterness staying right on top. Big malt flavor never stays on the sweet side, it dries and keeps to that path.

This is pretty damned nice.

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