Drinking Establishment: The Blind Tiger, NYC
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa
Sight: Black with a golden brown tinge. The creamy tan head dissipates quickly.
Scent: Roasted, with a hint of bread and a note of astringent alcohol.
Flavor: Initial note of roasted alcohol, as if the alcohol has been blended with molasses; but then a strong flavor of floral, earthy fruit comes through, like that of papaya or passionfruit. (Weird.)
Feel: Thin, with virtually no carbonation (as is the case with cask beer).
When we hear “Imperial Stout,” we think bold and roasted–exactly what this beer is not. Call us crazy, but we taste the fruits of the Amazon here. Granted, this Lagunitas offering was in cask form, which tends to bring out the fruit and earth notes of a beer (there was a bit of peat moss mixed in with the passionfruit and papaya), but the cask did nothing to enhance our beer-drinking experience.
Concluding remarks: While we will not be picking up the Lagunitas Imperial Stout in the near future, we are considering developing a recipe for a passionfruit beer…