Style: Sour & Belgian-Style Stout
The Libertine Brewing Company Our Intention is War
What the brewers say
“Inspired by one of our favorite Calypso songs, we brewed an imperial Russian stout with molasses. Letting our natural microbes do most of the work, we then laid it down in tequila barrels for an additional year. Big, boozy, and wild with notes of chocolate.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “A sweet smoky roast, with slight leather, wood, and tobacco notes. Fruity esters of cherry, prune, light lemon, blackberry, and currants. It has a slight tartness, almost sourdough character, with little-to-no hops profile.”
Flavor: “A healthy amount of tartness up front, with brown sugar and a vinous character that gives way to the roast character and bitterness. Malt complexity is there but secondary to the tartness. Creamy body and sweetness, which provide an incredible amount of depth and balance.”
Overall: “The sour acidity overwhelms the underlying roasty qualities. Not entirely ‘balanced,’ yet still inviting. Overall, a delicious beer that will force you to reckon with its intense, yet rounded flavors.”
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Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, walking the fields and talking to the farmers, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
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