Arizona Wilderness American Presidential Stout
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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Russian Imperial Stout made with smoked jalapeños from McClendon Select and smoked over Arizona mesquite wood, all aged on cocoa nibs (Papa New Guinea and Belize). Well, well. What sits in front of you, this thick, monstrous, viscous … this is the Russian Imperial Stout. This is the crème de la crème of the beer world. The empress of Russia couldn’t get enough of it. This being the US of freaking A makes this the free world’s style, thus, the American Presidential nomenclature. Catherine the Great would have sat in the Hermitage and asked why jalapeños smoked over Arizona mesquite were used. We say this to CTG: This is ’Merica and this is Wilderness. This is OUR stout. Enjoy — we poured our hearts and souls into this one!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2014 Jet black with a light brown head. Wow. This is incredible. The nose is incredible. A mix of chocolate, smoked jalapeños, rich roasted malt, incredible cocoa nibs...and the flavor. Well the 11% is hidden incredibly well. The flavor is just the right amount of sweetness and roast. Tons of cocoa, molasses notes, just a perfect amount of smoke...an amazing stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (16810) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Draft at Buxton Taphouse in Derbyshire. Really. In a brandy snifter, in the UK. I am not making this up. And while I may not be 100% sober, I am NOT hallucinating. Opaque deep brown color, bright beige head with good retention. Aroma of burnt cocoa, pepper. Taste is smooth rich cocoa powder and chocolate milk, very light pepper heat at the finish. Rich body. A welcome change after being golden aled to death.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1273) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2015
Tap at Magic Rock’s Rainbow Project launch. Dark brown/black. Ring of brown head. Chocolatey aroma. Big roastiness. Nice heat from the chili. Adds a different dimension to the taste. The base stout probably isn’t the most complex or interesting, but there’s enough there to support it. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (3839) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2015
Keg at Beavertown. Black, small foamy brown head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is semisweet coffee, roast malts, spice with a dry finish. Pretty nice. This is apparently smoked, but I didn’t pick up much of that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3964) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2015
Keg at Rainbow event at Beavertown, London. it pours a dark brown color with small mocha head. Aroma is deep intense roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, vanilla, ice cream, light wood. Taste is medium sweet and lightly roasty bitter with notes of cocoa, espresso, wood, vanilla, chocolate fondue, marsh mellow. Bold with good carbonation. Overall, excellent, although chilies are not really evident. Might be a good thing though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
juffage (136) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2015
On keg at Magic Rock Tap, Rainbow Project 2015. Pretty nice, but not earth shattering. Not thin, but a little on the thin side for what it should be like I think. Dark brown and slightly opaque, sort of burnt. Minimal head. Green pepper, a little chili. Quite bitter and a little chalky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (2518) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2015
On tap at Beavertown Rainbow Project 2015, Tottenham, London. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Chocolate, coffee, spice aroma. Tastes similar, chocolate, coffee, spice, slight chilli in there too. Very rich but also very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (2841) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Tap. Magic Rock Tap. Clear, very dark, cola brown. Halo of tan. Savoury malts. Smoked paprika. Darkest cocoa. Some vine fruits. Taste is smoky sweet. Cocoa bitter. All bases covered, really. Smooth, spicy, lightly boozy palate. Finishes long, spicy bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15649) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2015
On tap at Beavertown rainbow 2015. Black beer lasting tan head. Cocoa dryness. Intense chocolate some spice. I rather liked it. Light chilli spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1474) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 14, 2015
backlog. draft. black with a brown head, aroma is roast, hint of spices. Little bit of peppery heat on the palate but more roasted. Nice but not like the hype says.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (13459) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
Keg at the 4th Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Session I, 01/05/2015. Extremely dark mahogany brown topped with a moderate tan swirl. Nose is coffee grinds, spice, chocolate, toffee, subtle BA notes. Taste comprises more coffee grinds, light green pepper, chocolate, spice. Full bodied, fine carbonation, light booze chase in the close. Decent impy.

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