Marshall Wharf Brewing Company Reviews




Lager43
3.7
Marshall Wharf Phil Brown Ale
Very good Brown Ale. Nice body and rich malt with a slightly bitter finish. Keep an eye out for this one next time you're in Maine. Cheers! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

yespr
3.2
Marshall Wharf Attenuator Doppelbock
1 pint can. Pours hazy dark brown with a creamy and brown head. Aroma is sweet and roasted malty. Sweet caramelish, slight breadish. Toasted malty. Light bitterness lurking through. Lasting sweet breadish finish.
Friday, June 30, 2017

yespr
3.5
Marshall Wharf Sea Belt Scotch Ale
1 pint can. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, breadish and slight caramelish. Sweet, toasted malty and slight smoked touch. Lingering caramelish malty and breadish. Sweet and bitter finish.
Friday, June 30, 2017

yespr
3.5
Marshall Wharf Phil Brown Ale
1 pint can. Pours hazy brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and slight breadish. Sweet caramelish. Toasted malt. Sweet and lingering caramelish malty finish.
Friday, June 30, 2017

yespr
3.7
Marshall Wharf Pemaquid Oyster Stout
1 pint can. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small brown and creamy head. Aroma is roasted malty, breadish. Dry, roasted. Bitter and dark malty. Slight chocolate note. Dry and roasted finish.
Friday, June 30, 2017

AirForceHops
3.3
Marshall Wharf Pinchy
Draft @ When Pigs Fly. 4.75 oz. glass. Appearance is a clear amber. Aroma is toffee, earthy grain, mild herbal hop. Yeah, not going to be long winded on this review. The flavor is exactly the aroma. Earthy grain backbone with a mild herbal hop that is balanced by some toffee seeetness. Decent. About what I was expecting.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
4
Marshall Wharf Happy Dog Coffee Porter
Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a dark black color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a gentle pace. Sly stringy lace. The aroma had some swift sweet dark fruits, milk and dark chocolate, little bit of earthy hop spice, grassy sweet hops, sweet coffee notes, roasted coffee beans and a touch of vanilla at the very end. The flavor slyly moved the sweetness into the roast and pulled out a little bit of clean driftwood to touch the aftertaste in the same semi-sweet to roasty way. Finish was somewhat smooth and lenient towards the dark fruits. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Pretty smooth along my tongue. Overall, pretty nice American styled Baltic porter to me. Need more trips to Maine!
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.9
Marshall Wharf Attenuator Doppelbock
Reviewed from notes. Poured into a pilsener glass, the appearance was a semi-dark brown color with a two finger off white foamy head that dissipated at a decent pace. Messy sliding lace. The aroma had some dark bread, baker’s chocolate, grassy to earthy hops, sweet coffee notes, light toast, and some dark fruits. The flavor was moderately sweet with the malty tones pulling the hops down pretty low as I hoped it would. Nice long bready aftertaste and finish. The palate was almost medium bodied but sitting just a touch under with a practically perfect smooth sessionable sort of feel rolling over my tongue. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Overall, really nice doppelbock well worthy of having again.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

ClarkVV
3.6
Marshall Wharf Satan’s Doorbell
Draught at the brewery, 3/11/17.
Lightly-to-moderately hazy, pale, white-golden body topped by a large white head that falls rapidly to cover.
Very lactic in the nose though not metallic or dominated purely by twangy/punchy lactic acids. Quite a bit of lemon, light green hop character and strong wheat undertones with fresh house yeast and a good deal of fruity esters.
In the mouth it’s nicely tart, perhaps bordering on sour. Crisp and well-carbonated with a very strong, chewy wheat-laden texture and great fruitiness to match the strong lactic character. It tastes like a kettle sour, but the texture and malt/wheat flavor helps add some character. The lactic acidity is fairly well-integrated in to the other aspects, as well, and there is no flaw or alcohol noted.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

hampale
4.1
Marshall Wharf Attenuator Doppelbock
Can acquired in a trade. Nice to see a Maine brewery offering a Doppelbock - and a very good one at that in a tall boy can. Pleasing aroma and very attractive creamy pour. As expected, malt dominates the flavor but a bit sweeter than I expected. The 8.7% ABV is not particularly noticeable but has some definite impact. Haven’t had a MW product for quite some time but very glad to have acquired this one.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

AirForceHops
3.9
Marshall Wharf Chaos Chaos - Rum Barrel Aged
Draft at Rovare Res. Served in branded glassware. Aroma is without a doubt dark spiced rum. Mild chocolate and nothing more.

Rum is forward almost overpowering. Base stout is dark chocolate, bitter chocolate finish. The body is medium plus without any alcohol heat. Rum lasting through the entire sip. Pretty easy to drink considering the amount of rum this stout absorbed.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

thepatrickman
3.4
Marshall Wharf Danny McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout
On tap at When Pigs Fly, Kittery. A nice, normal, middle-of-the-road oatmeal stout. It looks and smells great, and the flavor is restrained but good. The sort of thing I’d happily drink a pint of if I saw it again.
Monday, October 10, 2016

asheft
3.6
Marshall Wharf Bitter Truth ESB Style Ale
Can from HB Provisions. Milk chocolate and bread crust and roasted grain vanilla aroma with delicate earthy hops accents. Almost clear mahogany under a lasting off-white cover. Sweet bread crust and brown sugar and watermelon flavour, with assertive bitterness from earthy, English hops with red fruit and milk chocolate notes. Complex. Medium body, medium high carbonation, crisp.
Sunday, October 9, 2016

asheft
2.9
Marshall Wharf Phil Brown Ale
Can from HB Provisions. Dark brown sugar and hickory smoke with notes of vanilla and mocha. Hazy mahogany under a lasting, lacy eggshell cover. Slightly phenolic smoky flavours with roasty vanilla and bitter chocolate and very dark toast. Medium body, medium high carbonation, smooth. Slightly headachy phenolics.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Jow
3.5
Marshall Wharf Danny McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout
Tap at Novare Res just chosen quickly to get my bearings. Fine rich brown pour fluffy beige head. Nose is light oats and chocolate. Tastes of un assertive flavors chocolate, root beer, earth, lactose. Creamy palate easy drinker
Friday, September 30, 2016

asheft
3.5
Marshall Wharf Pemaquid Oyster Stout
Can from HB Provisions. Roasty aroma with vanilla and chalk accents. Opaque black under a beige blanket. Sweet and bready flavour with vanilla, brown sugar, and sour sauce. Bitterness is subdued. No oyster flavour, thank goodness. Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

asheft
3.1
Marshall Wharf Illegal Ale-ien
Can from HB Provisions. Grainy aroma with an equal amount of spicy, noble hops. Strong grain and pilsner malt and hay flavour, with some ethanol and moderate bitterness. Fairly clean but for some faint delicious apple. Medium body, medium carbonation, ever so slightly warming, smooth.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

asheft
3.5
Marshall Wharf Sea Belt Scotch Ale
Can from HB Provisions. Sweet dark caramel and dried dark fruit aroma with gentle stone fruit and sultan raisin accents. Sweet toffee and spicy melanoidin flavour with late, assertive bitterness and medium earthy hops notes. Dried fruits. Medium full body, medium carbonation, smooth but for the late, crispifying bitterness.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

BroSpud
3.5
Marshall Wharf Ace Hole
16oz can picked up somewhere while traveling in Maine. Really tasty pale ale. Fresh tasting and well brewed. Look forward to trying more MW brews.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

rejtable
3.7
Marshall Wharf Cant Dog Imperial Pale Ale
Can. Pours clear orange with lots of frothy head and quite a bit of lacing. Nose is fruity. Flavours of apricot, Cheerios, some syrup, dank bitterness, grapefruit. Taste big bitter light/med sweet. Full sticky body lively carbonation, big alcohol burn to the finish.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Shot
3.6
Marshall Wharf Pemaquid Oyster Stout
On tap at the Finback Alehouse, Bar Harbor, Maine. Black with a thin ring of foam and a bit of cling. Aromas of roasted malts, gypsum and chocolate. Deep roasty malt flavors, chocolate, licorice and gypsum. Maybe a bit of salt. The oysters aren’t really coming through for me, but it doesn’t matter. This is a nice, flavorful sweet stout. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Very nice.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Dorwart
4
Marshall Wharf Sea Belt Scotch Ale
Can. Very large 3 inch plus head of medium bubbles. Great head retention as it took several minutes for the head to recede. Rich roasty arome with some chocolate malts, smoked grains, sea salt and a hint of sweetness once you get through the head. Color is a darl mahagony red. Smoked malts dominate the flavor up front and then mellows out to a nice semi-sweet malty palate. Moderate alcohol presence lets you know that it is there. Finishes creamy smooth and lingering roasty. A pretty darn good scotch ale. Thank for bringing this back fredward!
Monday, July 25, 2016

ClarkVV
4.3
Marshall Wharf Wiener
Draught at Three Tides, Summer 2011, I believe?
Clear golden-to-light-amber with a touch of light chestnut and a light beige head atop that is small but shows moderate retention.
Sweet, succulent honey-like malts in the nose are garnished with hints of maple, caramel and pureed nutmeal. The emphasis remains on the base malts and they easily balance the strong herbal hop notes that are delicate, fresh and a perfect complement to the honey-caramel. Very clean, with no alcohol.
A lot of viennas go too far with the vienna/munich malts but this one has a perfect balance. The specialty malts add only a modest amount of toastiness, caramel and nuttiness, allowing the soft base malts reign over the palate, which as a result, is exquisitely soft. Moderate, tight carbonation and luscious herbal hops are light but provide just enough bitterness and spice to keep the finish crisp and bright. Just a phenomenal rendition, unsurprisingly. Marshall Wharf really does a knock-out job with the traditional German styles.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

ClarkVV
3.4
Marshall Wharf Passy Rail Trail Ale
Can drunk 7/2/16 at Three Tides.
High clarity with some light haze to this deep golden-brass bodied beer. White head atop is large and well-retained.
What a strange hop. Been a LONG time since I’ve had a single hopped palisade beer....lemon and lime are light in the nose with a motueka-like earthy/leafiness. Some sugary-lemon notes are strange and slightly out of place, though seem to be joined by a softer, less sugary orange sherbet note. Some light nips of pine are notable throughout the nose while more citrus and soft spiciness linger. No alcohol or flaw. Malts are sparse and show biscuit/cracker.
Soft, malty texture with high carbonation, fairly engaging. Moderate to moderately-high bitterness with tons of key lime, lime zest and more citrus. Biscuity malts divulge light honey; generally enough to balance, while there’s still a weird sugary-lemon character on the finish. Woodiness and light pine linger as well with no alcohol or flaw. WEIRD hop.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

ClarkVV
3.9
Marshall Wharf Umlaut Kolsch
Draught at the brewery since debut, most recently 7/2/16.
Clear, flaxen-gold with a thin white head atop showing moderate to moderately low retention.
Grains and light cereals in the nose also allow a strong minerality as well as very light, delicate, herbal/peppery hops. Dabs of light honey dot the nose as well and there is no flaw or alcohol.
Moderate, tight carbonation spurs on a lightly grainy texture (pleasantly so) with notes of honey, baguette and hoppy herbs. Fruitiness is pretty minimal but still there. Very dry and crisp on the finish. Very solid kolsch. Very traditional and very drinkable.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

ClarkVV
3.8
Marshall Wharf / Belfast Co-Op Principle 9
Pint at the brewey, 7/2/16.
Bright amber-cherry hued beer with high clarity (little bit of chill-haze) and a beige head with moderate to moderately strong retention.
Tons of bright, varied fruitiness in the nose ranging from strawberry-apple to light chery and nectarine. Some spicy hop notes are light and pleasant while the amber malts add a touch of iced tea but are also buttressed by softer base malts. Some very light cream-of-wheat-like character on the finish with tons of fruitiness lingering.
Slick-to-lightly-soft ranges the texture, with ample, engaging carbonation and a good attenuation providing plentiful esters. No heavy breadiness from the medium malts and a dry wheat-like flavor on the finish alongside delicate, spicy/herbal hop notes. Excellently drinkable and well-made.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

bratschepeter
4.5
Marshall Wharf Happy Dog Coffee Porter
16oz can - thanks Randolph! Pours a completely dark and opaque brownish black; attractive off-white thick head that is very slow to dissipate, leaving lots of creamy lacing on the glass. Nice sweet malty aroma, hints of bitter coffee with some interesting sour notes. Taste is a bit more chocolaty than coffee; roasted, sweet and caramel malts predominate with just a touch of coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly oily, the carbonation level is quite soft. An excellent beer.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

bratschepeter
4.1
Marshall Wharf Sea Belt Scotch Ale
16oz can - thanks Randolph! Pours a nearly opaque dark amber-brown with a creamy white head; slow dissipation, leaving sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet, slightly sour malt, a little bready with notes of toffee and some chocolate. Taste is quite strong and tangy, with malt profile similar to a Weizenbock; aftertaste features some smoke and bitter chocolate. Consistency is fairly rich and the beer coats the mouth agreeably. Very good.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

puboflyons
4.1
Marshall Wharf Phil Brown Ale
From the 16 oz. can which was canned in May 2016. Gorgeous top-of-the line dark brown pour with a frothy, lingering tan head. Decent lacing as it fades.Nutty, sweet malts, butterscotch, and smoky characters in the aroma with a distant note of vanilla. Low hop profile but the hops I get are earthy. Medium or slightly better body. The malt sweetness and the nutty characters shine through in the taste as they did on the nose and the earthy, slightly dry bitterness at the end balances it out.
Friday, May 27, 2016

puboflyons
4
Marshall Wharf Ace Hole
From the 16 fl. oz. can dated 5/14/16. The pour is a slightly foggy yellow color with busy carbonation building up to a soft, foamy off-white head. Nice citrus and fruity hop aromas on the nose along with toasted bread and biscuit. Medium or better body. The toasted sweetness is firm but the citrus hops really roar in to add some punch but they do not overtake.
Sunday, May 22, 2016

jkwood04
3.9
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
BIg can in a tulip. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, light oak, and some sweetness. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Smoother texture. Could be a little heavier in the texture, but not bad at all.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Westchesterco
3.7
Marshall Wharf Ace Hole
From a 16 oz can it is a cloudy gold with a thick head. The aroma is citrus and the taste is of clementine tgat evolved into hints of pine and Citrus It has a strong tangy finish
Friday, May 6, 2016

Iphonephan
3.8
Marshall Wharf Ace Hole
From a 16 oz can. Pours a hazy greenish gold with a thick off white head. Grassy nose. Flavors of mandarin orange and pine. Very tasty.
Friday, May 6, 2016

zvikar
3.5
Marshall Wharf Ace Hole
Pours yellow to orange with a small head, aroma of fruits, pineapple and mango, flavor of tropical fruits, good bitterness, lemon, medium bodied
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

thepatrickman
3.6
Marshall Wharf Ace Hole
Can at home with potato latkes. Walks the line between APA and IPA, with a light grain backbone and a citrus, spice, and light grapefruit hop profile. The main impression this gave, though, was general satisfaction -- a good, easy drinker.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

VastActiv
3.2
Marshall Wharf Ayuh
Tap at Novare Res Bier Cafe, Portland. Originally rated 20160221. DeScription: Ayuh (aka Nada Limonada IPA). ABV 6.66. Brewed w/agave citra/sorachi ace hops. Rating: Colour is slightly cloudy golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours. Fruits, citrus, strange spices, hops and malts. Very strange spiciness.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

fonefan
3.5
Marshall Wharf Little Toot

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2015, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Marshall Wharf Little Toot ].
Clear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, flowers, peach. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, citrus, fruity, peach - passion fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20150812]

Thursday, December 31, 2015

anders37
3.2
Marshall Wharf Little Toot
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2015. Pours a hazy golden color with a small longlasting white head. Has a fruity citrus hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty weak hoppy citrus finish.
Monday, December 14, 2015

thomashall
3.9
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Can shared at Darkness day. Thick black pour. Aroma is mostly malts. Taste is much sweeter with some dark fruits and soy sauce. Really nice finish, delicious.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

JK
3.7
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Canned i liked this and foundnit in the character of an English stout. Low carbonation, soy sauce, chocolate. Some sweetness. I liked the palate.
Friday, October 23, 2015

jackl
2.9
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Can. Deep brown with a small head. Chocolate and coffee. Taste has some unfortunate soy character. Pretty oily and earthy. Unami. Full body, soft carb.
Friday, October 23, 2015

Bacterial
3.7
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Big black pour with a slight head. Big malty nose. Nice taste, booze totally hidden.
Friday, October 23, 2015

deyholla
3.5
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Can shared by Tom! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has dark grains and roasted malts with a decent amount of dark fruits underlying. Flavor has sweet dark grains and dark fruits with a touch of earthy roasted malts.
Friday, October 23, 2015

BVery
3.6
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Can shared by Tom - thanks! Super dark oily pour. Sweet vanilla and molasses. Light carbonation. Good.
Friday, October 23, 2015

ClarkVV
3.1
Marshall Wharf Old No. 59 - Sherry Butt Aged
Draught, MW 8th anniversary, 10/17/15.
Deep magenta-tinged mahogany with medium clarity and a fully fading beige head.
Woof, this is just loads of sherry bursting with both alcohol and tremendous amounts of fruitiness. Dry vanilla, moderate oxidation and some sourdough-like character from malt and wood.
In the flavor its fruity and woody, which isn’t my favorite combination, though some sweet caramel-laced vanilla-like sugars do help brace the palate for impact. Ranging from oily-to-creamy (though tending oily) with plenty of barrel influence adding some lightly astringent woodiness, hints of fruity, lighthearted vinegar and more oxidation in the form of light soy and peanut brittle. Ok, I did it, I tried one of these things. There were four other barrel-aged beers I’d never tried or rated (sherry and bourbon Cant Dog, bourbon Old 62 and bourbon Chaos) but I just couldn’t continue to take the punishment. If I can do one to two new ones a year, that’ll be an accomplishment (though surprisingly, the Old No. 60 barrel variants were very tame and low (relatively speaking) on the barrel character).

Monday, October 19, 2015

ClarkVV
3.5
Marshall Wharf T2 - R9 Barleywine
Draught at MW’s 8th anniverary, 10/17/15.
Wonderfully bright appearance shows an amber liquid topped by a light beige head with moderate to strong retention.
Big caramel and toffee notes collide with vanilla, leafy, lightly citric hops and lots of fruity yeast esters (cherry and apple primarily, mixing with the malt and alcohol to produce candied-like notes). As far as non-barrel aged barleywines go, this nails it, with clean, round, succulent malt character, apparent but not overdone hoppiness and alcohol that is contained but also used to create interesting aromatics.
In the flavor it’s richly malty, with plentiful sweet caramel and toffee, big citrus hop notes (with a moderate amount of resulting bitterness) and candied fruit notes. Hints of alcohol add spiciness and vanilla character while ample carbonation makes it about as drinkable as you’re going to get for a barleywine of its size (still undrinkable....IMHO). Clean, in great condition and really well done.
That I couldn’t drink more than about three sips is irrelevant as I just can’t drink barleywines anymore. While the alcohol does bother me, to a degree, it’s really just the monotonous caramel/toffee/rich honey malt that I can’t deal with. Absolutely no finesse, charm or complexity to these things. And that’s just an inherent flaw with the style, I think. Even something like Bells Batch 6000, which I think I have at a 4.7, I can still remember vividly. And it wasn’t any different than this, fresh. Hoppy as all hell (it had more hop complexity, but also more resin as well) and just no malt depth/complexity. So take my rating with a grain of salt. I guess if you just love booze, bitterness and rich medium malts, than this is about as good as it’s going to get, barleywine-wise. Tried to be fair and give it an objective score as opposed to about a 2.0, which is the subjective score I’d give it.

Monday, October 19, 2015

ClarkVV
3.4
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Draught at MW’s 8th anniversary, 10/17/15.
Little-to-no dark beige head atop the dark ebony body. Low clarity.
Vanilla, plentiful sugars and a bit of an oak-infused chocolate character. Was hoping the oak and perhaps the vanilla would help brighten the rather dull, chocolate-heavy nose that is the regular Chaos Chaos. To some extent, the vanilla adds levity, but where I wanted some nice dry, rich, woody oak notes, I get only a bit of dry wood and alcohol.
The flavor seems sweeter, I assume this is the lower carbonation from the aging, and perhaps the oak and vanilla intensifying the flavors? Whatever the case, I thought the vanilla was a bit too prominent (though not obnoxious by any stretch) and could actually use some more oak dryness (though it’s there lightly on the finish). Can’t think of too many stouts where I thought vanilla really improved it; just don’t think vanilla is a great addition and it’s almost always used too liberally, which is probably my main gripe with it. Nonetheless, still drinkable, enjoyable and all, but like the regular version, needs more oomph to the texture. A touch too thin. And texture is a HUGE thing for me when it comes to stouts.

Monday, October 19, 2015

ClarkVV
3.1
Marshall Wharf Scott’s Scoville Chili Ale-ien
Draught at MW’s 8th anniversary, 10/17/15.
Clear, very light golden body has a small white head that quickly fades to a ring.
Incredibly fresh habaneros in the nose provide the bulk of the aroma, with a touch of light honey, dry cracker-like grains and just a pinch of yeast-derived fruitiness. Very light, though you can tell the habaneros are there for sure.
And so it goes in the flavor, which is bursting with tons of fresh pepper spiciness. Fleshy, light, bright and enjoyable, it nonetheless comes off as a bit of a one-trick pony. Which is fine. Ilegal Ale-ien is a pretty straightforward drinkin beer with a fairly low flavor profile. Thus, this comes off as a light, habanero-infused golden ale. Very short finish, without a ton of actual heat. Very light bodied, little malt structure, no sweetness to be found. Would be great mid-July.

Monday, October 19, 2015

ClarkVV
4.2
Marshall Wharf Imperial Danny McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout
Draught at MW’s 8th anniversary, 10/17/15.
Favorite of the day here, by a good margin (even if the rating dosent suggest it). A deep ebony body with some mahogany edges and a beige head that is well-retained.
Caramel, toffee, raisins, prunes and mild hop notes (spicy, floral, vague citrus) are all very nicely balanced in the nose. No alcohol or flaw.
Very substantial body to it and a chewy texture, no doubt thanks in part to the oats. Pretty much everything that Chaos Chaos lacks...a rich English-like toffee character almost redolent of a barleywine, yet with enough roast and coffee notes to give it a stout feel. Light prune and tobacco notes build complexity and the alcohol never emerges. Vanilla, salty toffee and caramel all linger on the finish. Malty and yet appropriately dry and drinkable, with ample carbonation and no flaws. Wonderful stuff!

Monday, October 19, 2015

ClarkVV
3.7
Marshall Wharf Chaos Chaos Russian Imperial Stout
Draught at MW’s 8th anniversary, 10/17/15.
Deep, inky, dark ebony body is opaque and has a fairly light colored beige head atop with moderate to moderately-low retention.
Chocolate, licorice and vanilla dominate the nose, which is less given to roastiness than a majority of imperial stouts I’ve had. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but it dosent make for quite as big an aroma, nor is there much vinousness/plum/prune-like notes in the nose that I associate with a good dose of roasted barley. Clean, however, as their beers always are and with some alcohol sharpness, but not a boozey mess by any means.
Malty and yet rather drinkable for its size, which is surprising. I do see what people are saying regarding it being not quite as thick and chewy as it could be. Yet for all its lighter bodied character (for the style, of course), it is still decidedly bitter (chocolate malt) and does have a bit of an alcoholic edge to it (seems inevitable at this size). Vanilla, mild coffee and light hop bitterness are all notable. Texture is slick and malty with ample carbonation. I love the drinkability here, even though that’s not something I or many people really look for in an Imperial. But it’s nice to be able to drink more than 2 ounces of an Imperial stout without your palate being wrecked. Don’t see that a lot anymore these days. Still, a little more chewiness/suppleness to the body would be appreciated, as well as a touch more complexity.

Monday, October 19, 2015