Maplewood Brewing Company Giallo
What the brewers say
"Our modern interpretation of a classic Imperial Stout. Wheat is added for body and creaminess which plays perfectly off the rich and intense notes of dark chocolate and hints of plum and fig."
What our panel thought
"Nicely balanced aroma, with dark roasted malt and light fruity esters layered over alcohol with resin and floral hops. Bright and lively flavor highlights the roast with light coffee, cocoa, and toasted malt, but the strong acidity is distracting. Saccharine sweetness, with strong dark chocolate, and Hershey's syrup. Finishes fairly clean, with an odd savory note between sips. Nice depth of flavor, with small bits that upset the flow."
What our editors thought
"Roasty with a very light and endearing herbal anise tinge. Bold yet smooth in the flavor, it balances intensity with a fine polish as roast notes take on a beautifully extracted fine espresso sheen."