851. YouEnjoyMyStout

851. YouEnjoyMyStout

Jadyn and I had dinner and drinks at Cambridge Brewing Company on the 3rd of July. I had one glass of YouEnjoyMyStout, and then Jadyn and I split another glass.

The website says:
Imperial Stout is a variety of British stout brewed considerably richer and stronger than the norm. Originally crafted for export to czarist Russia, Catherine the Great, among others, was a known enthusiast. It is rich, roasty, srong, smooth, and dark, dark, dark. This expression of YouEnjoyMyStout was brewed in Spring 2007, and has since whiled away the days in a quintet of American bourbon barrels. The complexities added by tannins, oxidation, and oak character complement the malt notes of caramel, bitter chocolate, and espresso-roast, finishing with a long, alcohol-tinged palate.
Beer Stats:
Brewery: Cambridge Brewing Company
Year: Spring 2007
Alcohol: 10.00%
Serving: Tap
Style: Russian Imperial Stout, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.5 | Smell: 4.5 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 4.5 | Drinkability: 3.5

Overall: 4.2

As with all of the high alcohol beers at the CBC, this one came in a sub-pint serving, specifically a snifter-style glass. The beer is deep, almost opaque black, and is topped by a thick, dark-brown head, which fades to a quarter-inch film, leaving patchy lace. The aroma is very malty: chocolate, coffee, dark fruit (prunes and raisins), and cherries. There's also a bourbon, booziness on swirling along with a woody aroma.

Malty upfront, caramel, chocolate and dark fruit, much like the aroma. A bourbon barrel booziness appears in the center and carries through to the finish, which is roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate. Smooth and thick on the palate, moderately carbonated. The woody, tannic finish lends a dry feeling to the finish.

Very tasty and well done, but it's definitely a sipping beer.