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