Style: Imperial Sweet Stout
ABV: 11.0 IBU: 40
Hardywood Park Cassowary
What the brewers say
“Cloaked in black and crowned with vibrant color, the cassowary is the embodiment of prehistoric grace and primal ferocity. Our imperial milk stout is equally bold and unapologetically rich, presenting a balanced aroma of chocolate truffle and dark fruits followed by leather, toffee, and almond that linger on the palate and earn the name Hardywood Cassowary; a graceful behemoth in the beer world.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Fantastic milky-sweet aroma that reminds me of a coffee hot chocolate, with evident earthy roast character in the back. Lots fruity esters ranging from plum, raisin, and even a touch of banana. The sweet aroma dominates, with no perceived alcohol or hops presence.”
Flavor: “A wonderful chocolate milk flavor dominates and coats the mouth up front. The roast comes in secondary but quickly turns to this complex stone fruit flavor of prunes with a date-like sweetness. The sweetness and fruity esters linger into the finish with an ever-so-slight roast character that provides a great balance. The body is really nice on this beer and carbonation carries the beer well. It’s a fantastic creamy imperial.”
Overall: “This is a complex beer, with roast character that’s balanced with an evident sweetness and fruity esters that are in perfect harmony. The body carries really well. It’s a unique and intense beer that brings some different flavors to the imperial stout party.”
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