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Sawdust City Long, Dark Voyage to Uranus

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Brewed by Sawdust City Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Gravenhurst, Canada
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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A big and bold Imperial Stout. Brewed with lots of roasted and chocolate malts, with a touch of special sugar added in to give that little something extra. Very, very black and very strong. Just the thing to curl up with while the snow flies!

Designed to withstand the grueling voyage from Earth to Uranus, Long Dark Voyage is a stout of the highest order. Ass-puckeringly bitter and dry as a bone, thus dark chocolate treat is quite dangerous and will sneak up on you from behind if you don’t keep your wits about you. You’ve been warned!

Last year’s offering was a mere 8.5%, but Sam boosted the ABV up a notch for 2015.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gethinbeer (2263) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
Deep jet black pour with a frothy tan head and lace. Chocolate malt aroma with a roasted coffee influence. Delicious full bodies flavour, liquorice, coffee, dark chocolate, fudge cake goodness. Silky texture. Lovely dark alcoholic finish. Little sticky but a gorgeous beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlennHendry (69) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
Really, really smooth stout and the alcohol isn’t felt until long after I’ve left the bar. Not much on the nose but plenty of dark chocolate and licorice on the swallow. Some dark fruits, pine, toast and coffee as well. Easy drinking for an extra strong beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yourilevesque (170) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
Cette bière noire comme l’espace sidéral porte bien son nom. Bière? Dessert? Difficile à dire, tant on est proche de la sweet stout ici. Beau col de mousse de couleur mocha et abondant décantant tel celui d’une riche cream ale. Une fois la mousse remontée à la surface, le tout se stabilise parfaitement et la démarcation est nette. Le nez est léger et manque de complexité: on sent des céréales rôties, du café, mais plus un café de percolateur qu’un espresso, de la colle??? En bouche, la bière affiche des traits de caractère affirmés mais sans raffinement. Le liquide coule en bouche avec lourdeur et laisse sur son sillon une traînée de sucre très encombrante, voire presque écoeurante. On aspire à la venue d’une acidité libératrice et rafraîchissante mais celle-ci se fait attendre. C’est lourd et fatiguant à boire. Cette bière est à mon avis très unidirectionnelle et manque de complexité. Le poids de cette bière la rend difficile à boire.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RhetoricalAns (501) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
473 ml can. Black our, thin foamy tan head, fairly rocky but doesn’t last too long. Roasted malt aroma, dark chocolate, vanilla. Taste follows with additional flavours of smoke. Fully body, slightly slick.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HippyHop (377) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2015
Pour is jet black and motor oil thick, with a thin brown cap that fades to a ring. Nose is chocolate and toasted grain but with a surprising amount of fruitiness. I get a pleasant grape/prune juice aroma here (which may speak to my age). Taste is more chocolate and dark fruit, roasted grain, with a piney, slightly warm finish. For 10.2% the alcohol is incredibly concealed. Body is full/heavy and creamy. Delicious stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (617) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
473ml can. Pitch black with a frothy brown head. Flavors are toasted bread, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, licorice, pine resin and alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation, creamy texture.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jshupka (8) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2015 does not count
Tallboy from the LCBO. Pours black. Jet black. As black as space itself. Like a thick oil. Medium head, retains a nice lacing. Nose is slightly astringent. Maybe piney. Flavour is...wow. Incredible. Deep roasted caramel, dark chocolate, herbs, pine. Wow. Hides the 10%+ ABV well. Very well balanced. A little too much hop presence for a stout, in my opinion, but balances well with the malts and alcohol. Beautiful mouth feel. Slick and almost oily. Carbonation is just right.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (404) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
2015/02/22 - Pours an opaque, jet black colour with a thin, foamy, tan head that quickly vanishes. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, wood, vanilla, nutty tones and roasted/ smokey malts. Taste is bitter chocolate, vanilla, woody tones, roasted coffee, sweet toasted malts and booze. Mouthfeel is slick, with average carbonation and a dry, bittersweet, warming finish. Good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
terrybail (699) - London, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
473ml can from the LCBO pours jet black frothy head lots of lacing Smokey roasted malt aroma super creamy nice balance between sweet and bitter very good

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gpnterojd (178) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
Very tasty. This is rare among stouts I’ve had lately: It’s balanced. There is a sweet, syrupy overtone that balances out the alcohol and burnt bitter taste, making it easy to toss back. I guess that means it’s smooth. Chocolate, toast, vanilla and pear. The alcohol content hits you like a grenade near the end. Damn good. If only it were cheaper.


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