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Verboten Brewing Pure Imagination
96 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.
Verboten Brewing Pure Imagination

Style: Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 7.4 IBU: 37

96
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Verboten Brewing Pure Imagination

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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.”

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