ClubGonzo’s M

M by ClubGonzo, Imperial Stout, 10.7% ABV, 67 IBU.

Looks good, tasted good.

Looks good, tasted good.

ClubGonzo batch number 50 is a birthday present for his gal's on her 40th birthday. Isn't that sweet?

ClubGonzo batch number 50 is a birthday present for his lady on her 40th birthday. Isn’t that sweet?

Is there something about the letter M that attracts homebrewers? I’ve rated several beers on this blog from Dr. M and from Meilby Brewing, the latter using a big bold M on his labels. Anyway, this time it’s the beer itself that’s called M.

It pours a viscous-looking, pitch black body with a dark brown head of decent size.

The aroma is strong and it’s dominated by dark roasted malt, strong coffee (you’ve added coffee to this one, right?) and chocolate. Maybe a bit too dominated by coffee for my nose, but absolutely an inviting aroma.

The flavour is very strong, magnificently complex and lovely! It’s not at all as dominated by coffee as the aroma, coffee is just one of many delicious flavours.  In additional to the coffee, I get chocolate, chocolate sauce, liquorice, dark caramel, vanilla, a touch of raspberries, some brown sugar and hints of leather. It’s a very sweet brew, with just the right amount of bitterness to back it up. The alcohol is perfectly integrated.

It’s a full-bodied brew with a smooth and creamy texture with a fitting soft carbonation. The pleasant mouthfeel makes it hard not to drink this masterpiece too quickly.

Conclusion: I’m speechless. One of the very best homebrews I’ve ever had. A tad less coffee, and it would have been perfect. This should be in the core lineup when you start a commercial brewery. Thanks to Marianne for inspiring ClubGonzo, Hurra!

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      8/10
Palate:     5/5
Overall:    16/20
Ratebeer score: 4.0/5.0

2 comments on “ClubGonzo’s M

  1. I was really excited to hear your opinion on this beer, as I am very happy about it myself – and so is Marianne. 🙂 Guess I hit the nail here, although I went a bit “all in” when brewing it, adding such diverse ingredients as coffee, licorice roots, maple syrup, star anise and Spanish chestnut honey – all in moderate to liberal doses. I basically took a lot of the nice “dark” and nutty flavors that I’d used in various beers and meads before and added them to this beer. Luckily, I was rewarded with a fitting beer for Marianne’s big day. I do agree that the coffee now stands out a bit more than expected in the aroma, but this has evolved over time and it will be exciting to see the development as the beer ages. We’ve managed to set aside some bottles for aging, hopefully we’ll pick each drinking occasion with enough care for the stock to last quite a while. Really glad you liked this one Terje, my highest score so far on your blog is a satisfying milestone! 😉 (I’m not starting a brewery any time soon though, the Spanish chestnut honey is ridiculously expensive, so it is highly unlikely that this will be a regular beeer in any sense of the word, I’m afraid.)

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