Verboten Brewing Pure Imagination
What the brewers say
This 2014 World Beer Cup Silver Medal winner is made with English malts, American yeast, and Goldings hops.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Chocolate, cherry, and coffee with some decent alcohol heat. Rich roasty character of cocoa, coffee, and chocolate. Sweet fruity cherry esters. Dark licorice and burnt sap. The aroma promises the world.”
Flavor: “Sharp black coffee with a serving of brown sugar. The malt complexity is nice, with toast and caramel joining the roast. Smooth. The esters are toned down a little but that’s okay. Good hops flavor. Nuttiness and toffee. Alcohol heat is noticeable in the finish.”
Overall: “An intense beer with wild roasty, sweet notes. I’d only be able to tackle one pint, but I’d enjoy it thoroughly. A larger example of an oatmeal stout, this beer is a bit of a beast. The alcohol heat is significant and the high carbonation slams all the flavors into your palate at once, but the creaminess rounds out the experience well. Nice job.”