This is the base beer for our bourbon barrel-aged Diesel Stout. Brewed with a careful blend of ten different specialty malts, spicy-floral hops, dark Belgian candi sugar, and organic blackstrap molasses. Notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, and molasses with a spicy-floral hop bite. Taste it now while the remaining 2013 Diesel project ages in the oak at the brewery.
Sarlacc83 (1084) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8 oz glass at the barrel house. This is the non BA version of Diesel.
A: Thick and black with a faint ring of mocha colored head. Does a thorough job of staining the glass with brown color when swirled.
N: Chocolate and molasses. Roasted coffee and malt. There’s a hint of caramel in here. Lots of black licorice and a hint of piney hops. Leather and tobacco add depth. However, it’s not very strong and most of the flavors only come through when the beer is drank.
T: Quite a bit of roast and bitterness here. The sweetness backs up the aforementioned flavors, but it’s quite subdued. Can get somewhat astringent.
M: Thick and coating; slightly oily. Really like the mouthfeel on this one.
O: There’s a lot to like about this beer, but it’s certainly meant for a barrel aging program to help bring out more of the sweet notes. Still, it was quite fun to get a chance to enjoy this one as it stands well on its own.
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