Beer: Imperial Stout
Brewery: Arcadia Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Spuyten Duyvil, NYC
Primary Consumer: George, Ally’s co-op co-worker
Guest Reviewer Qualifications: He is good at many things (building computers, discussing philosophy, being an economist), and having a fine palate for beer is one of them.
Sight: Dark like you would expect from a Stout, but not overly so, with little-to-no head when served.
Scent: Like motor oil and pears.
Flavor: Tastes like a basic Stout but with little depth or aftertaste. This gives the beer an artificial taste, like it was made without all of the odds and ends that cause aftertastes. I distinctly remember standing by the bar, sipping the beer, attempting to discern subtleties, gracenotes, and so forth—and being unable to do so. It was a weird feeling, like taking one too many steps at the bottom of the stairs. I suppose you could say that the flavor here is about as standard a Stouty taste as possible.
Feel: Thick but not very carbonated, dense without fizz.
To add a personal note to this story, I should note that I purchased this beer from a very trendy bar and, having paid entirely too much for it, was set on dechipering its complexity. Yes, like a puzzle. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to figure out: there was one piece—it’s fairly bold, Stoutish punch. And once the sip had passed, the flavor faded into memory, leaving me feeling unfulfilled.
Concluding remarks: Drinkable but not the best.
THANK YOU, GEORGE! Sorry for dragging you out to Brooklyn to go to said trendy bar. It was expensive, yes, but hey, now you’re famous!
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