Friday, January 15, 2016

Smuttynose Rocky Road (review)

Beer Review #76

During the past hour I reviewed Smuttynose Scotch Ale, and now I'm on to Rocky Road Imperial Stout from the same brewer.

I don't know how you feel about gimmicks, but I'm not a fan. They rarely live up to the hype. How could a beer be inspired by Rocky Road Ice Cream and not turn out to be a nasty-sweet-milky mess?

As it turns out, Rocky Road (the beer) is so interesting (as a beer) that the ice cream almost does it a disservice.

Where most stouts threaten you with chocolate and coffee notes, Rocky Road cranks the volume up to 11 and delivers. Snobs might call a beer such as this "unbalanced," but Rocky Road so thoroughly embraces "the dark side" that its hard not to smile.

This baby pours pitch black with solid lacing that follows one of the darkest brown heads of foam I've yet seen in a beer.

8 different malts went into this concoction and its shows. The aroma is huge on dark roasted coffee with the suggestion of vanilla and toffee. Taste melds coffee, chocolate and marshmallow just like the ice cream, without ever becoming too sweet thanks to a charcoal edge.

7.3%ABV. Bravo and Sterling Hops. Aged on amaretto soaked oak chips.

Musical Pairing: Blackwater Park by Opeth

 Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
River Barge Brewing (Wyalusing)

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