Style: Imperial Stout
Smog City The Nothing
What the brewers say
“Darkly roasted chocolate malts are combined with two types of cacao nibs, creating a balance between subtle chocolate cake decadence and residual malt sweetness to pull you deeper into the complexity of The Nothing.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “A rich blend of milk and chocolate, Cuban coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate syrup, and Nesquik. It smells like chocolate milk, but there’s a touch of something a little funky, but not quite sour. Roasty, with light coconut and a touch of alcohol.”
Flavor: “This is a chocolate bomb. Lots of chocolate roast that’s very sweet and chocolate milk−like, and it transforms into an intense burned sugar, deep roast character plus a hint of currant. Silky smooth carbonation that tastes like it could be nitro, and chewy. The roasted bitterness lingers, but falls off just before becoming unpleasant.”
Overall: “Lots of awesome chocolate, in almost perfect harmony with a deep roast character and medium alcohol warming, all of which is held together with a thick, silky body. It’s wonderfully balanced and complex and hits every expected note in an imperial stout.”
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