Ending out week 3 with a complete unknown. I’ve heard little and had none of Alesong Brewing and Blending’s beers. In fact we just started carrying them at the store earlier this past week. I decided to give them a go since as soon as the word was out we had them in stock, we had calls and a number of people come in looking for their products. Specifically, their Mocha Rhino Suit. An imperial milk stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee and cocoa.
-Appearance: Thick, deep, dark, black pint of beer. There is no seeing through this pint o’black. For a comparison that most have had rather recently, this is darker than Guinness. A tiny amount of carbonation but no head on the top of the glass to speak of.
-Nose: Bourbon and chocolate on the nose. A bit of milk/lactose as well. Making it smell like a chocolate milk that had way too much chocolate syrup added to it, but not in a bad way. An adult dark chocolate milk.
-Palate: Thick on the palate, doing little to dispel my thoughts that this is indeed an adult chocolate milk. Especially because you certainly get the cocoa on the palate in a big way, almost to a drying effect. You really don’t get the coffee on the palate or the nose unless it’s leading to the drying effect you get on the mid to back palate. A bit of heat on the back palate as well. However, you have to remember this beverage is at 12% ABV. The chocolate does a sinister job hiding that this is indeed a big boy beer. You get the bourbon, but it is just slightly there. Maybe just the vanilla notes it picked up from barrel aging. Not boozy at all, I would call this a nice after dinner/dessert beer.
-Rating: 4/5: This is the first beer that I’ve had from Alesong but it makes me want to give their whole line a go now. This is one of the most balanced barrel aged beers that I’ve had. Also, one of the best stouts I’ve had in a while. Certainly a highlight in this project. Looking forward to trying more from this brewery.
This post is part of a series of posts in the 30 Beers in 30 Days project. Enjoy!