Friday, May 4, 2012

Beer Review: Goldilock's Revenge

Reviewing the Goldilock's Revenge from O'so Brewing Company. This beer is an imperial stout aged in brandy barrels for five months. A hearty thank you and shout out to Nick for sharing this one with me. I doubt I would have ever heard of it if you didn't have a bottle, and I am very glad to have had the opportunity to try this one.
Score: 91

2012 vintage bottle from the 767 bottle release in February/March. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 04/25/12.

Appearance: Pours almost no head. Jet black color with a thin later of brown highlight atop when held up to light. There is a pencil thin bubbly ring around the glass. Minimal oily lacing, virtually no retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Brandy sweetness, raw chocolate, brown sugar, and creamy chocolate. Hint of cherry and red grape. Vanilla and spice too. 4/5

Taste: Surprisingly straightforward, but very delicious. Raw chocolate, milk chocolate and sweet brandy throughout. Red grape, brown sugar and toffee. Not at all boozy. There's a hint of licorice on the midpalate. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, minimal carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel that is a little creamy. Modestly sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: A very delicious, under-the-radar imperial stout. I have not been impressed by O'so's other beer offerings, but this one was fantastic. I hope this gets brewed again in the future and given some distribution (I think this was a brewery-only release).

Recommendation: Hunt a bottle of this beer down if you like imperial stouts.

Pairings: Chocolate macadamia cookies.

Cost: $11 for a 750 ml bottle.

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