Style: Imperial Sweet & Flavored Stout
Transient Artisan Ales Buckley Light
What the brewers say
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Smells like a stout with coffee. It’s somewhat muted, but a very clean dark roast cut with cream. Nice caramel and toasted malt notes as well, with some vanilla. Light fruity esters, raisin, and a hint of alcohol.”
Flavor: “The balance between coffee and roast was nicely done, with notes of roast, cappuccino, caramel, mocha, vanilla, and chocolate. A hint of papery oxidation in there from the roast. Some dark-fruit esters and sherry, which make up some alcohol warmth, and a light touch of piney hops fit in smoothly. The mouthfeel is nice and chewy, and right before the coffee really hits on the finish, a cherry ester pokes out to brighten the overall character of the beer.”
Overall: “A clean and bright coffee stout for the amount of alcohol, with a substantial roastiness from both the coffee and the beer. There’s just a touch of pleasant oxidation and even a little bit of hops flavor to remind one it’s beer and not breakfast. I could drink a lot of this one!”
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