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Alchemist Knuckle Dragger

Alchemist Knuckle Dragger
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Formerly brewed at The Alchemist
Style: Foreign Stout
Waterbury, Vermont USA


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
A Belgian style stout. Full bodied and rich, this stout is inspired by the dark confections of Belgium. 30 IBU

josarah's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
josarah (112) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Draft at brewpub- Deep brown color with a tight bubble tan head, malty/raisin aroma. This is a milk stout. The taste was of a very deep roast with a complex fruitiness. This was a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 12, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a rich dark black with a very thin beige head. Nose is coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with the coffee dominating. The nose rings through in the flavor with the cofffee less dominant and the roasted malts sharing the stage. The finish is wonderfully bitter. Nice solid stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégustée directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe chocolatée. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col beige crémeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de lactose. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #2958)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This pillowy Stout soothes the tastebuds with its marriage of torrefied cereals, grape-y esters and lactose sweetness. This is yet another world-class Alchemist brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the blackness.
-That is one beautiful body. Sweeter/rounder than the usual Belgian-style Stouts, but then again so smooth and cuddly. Perfect to balance out the talkative esters and roastiness.
-The roasted malts develop capuccino flavors when put in tandem with the lactose. This roastiness is bitter too, but not intensely so.
-Carbonation is perfectly calculated to let the dextrins express their flavor while alleviating some of their heft to increase drinkability.

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Sweaty walnut and wintergreen in the aroma, light coffee with milk. Some very off/vegetal chem flavors that thankfully fade as the beer warms and breathes. Flavor is sweetish milk tart with a nice, rich body. Very milky but not lactic at all. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2009
Deep black beer. Initially thick head that fades quickly. Aroma is quite cocoaish and a little bit spicy. Lightly fruity with a bit of spiciness. Earthy and a little bit chewy. Cocoa, chewy malts and a touch of berryish character through the middle. Full bodied beer. Pretty solid if a bit too sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Tap at Blind Tiger. Aroma of sweet, roasted malt, black currants, coffee. Flavor again has really nice sweet, roasted malt, great balance between the two. Full-bodied despite the sweeter characteristics, silky and milky feel. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a very black/brown with a medium tan head . Aroma was thick with dark roasted malts and a hint of dark fruit. Flavor was also mostly dark roasted malt, but much more of the fruitiness showed through... prunes, fig, cherries... really nice. An excellent brew...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse brune qui persiste. Arômes de café et de sucre. Saveurs de café, de malt chocolat, de sucre et de houblon amérisant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
Black body with a medium tan head. Smell of roasted malt and coffee. Taste is surprisingly fruity (prunes, figs) with some cacao and a medium bitterness. Obviously more yeasty than standard stouts. In a blind test without seeing the color I’m not sure I would have even called it a stout. Original and very drinkable. At the Vermont Brewers Fest 2006 they called it a Belgian Style Stout. Very good to accompany a Mexican Style Sushi.

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