Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ninkasi's Thanksgiving Beer

Looking for a little boozy goodness to crack open on Thursday after all of the turkey is gone?

Boy, have I got a deal for you.

I have absolutely no idea if Ninkasi had Thanksgiving in mind when they brewed the Imperiale High Gravity Stout, but it sure left me screaming thanks when I cracked it open the other night.

It also left me a bit buzzed which is an added bonus when spending an extended amount of time with the family. Just kidding, Mom.

Let's cut to the chase.

According to Ninkasi, or resident Eugene beer expert:

Rich, full bodied and surprisingly smooth, Imperiale Stout has a big roast hit up front, and rich, dark malt flavors balanced with ample hop bitterness to finish.

Part of their special release series, better grab some while you can.

Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
BeerAdvocate.com Rating: 81
RateBeer.com Rating: 89
Serving: 22oz bottle
ABV: 9.1%

And...the tasting notes:

Roasted malt up front, with a smooth and creamy body warming the mouth. Caramel, toffee, molasses and a touch coffee notes are present but are unified in one amazingly drinkable beer. Let us bundle you up!

Looking at the ratings in the scientific online beer communities, I was a bit surprised. I quite enjoyed this brew as I do most of the Ninkasi dark lineup. It appears that the most common complaint is it's bitterness; with an IBU of of 70 I suppose that is a valid complaint if you don't like hops.

That...or the reviewers were just a little sleepy after too much turkey and beer.

Nonetheless, I stand by my claim that this is worth checking out. Perhaps with the pumpkin pie.



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