Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Middle Ages Dragonslayer

The Middle Ages Brewing Company is located in Syracuse, New York. The craft brewer has a wide range of brews and specializes in British style offerings. Today I sampled their Imperial Stout, which was previously a draft only offering and has fairly recently became available in 22oz bomber bottles. I acquired this bottle in a trade as it's not distributed in the Great Lakes area at all. This one is worth seeking out and if you happen to find yourself in New York, you have no excuse not to!

The Middle Ages Dragonslayer pours from the bomber into my tulip glass a thick midnight black with a dark tan inch of creamy foam on top and lots of lacing. Looks really good in the glass. Aromas begin with dark roasted malts and a blast of big chocolate. Brown sugar, some dark fruits, licorice and a touch of roasted coffee meld into the overall aroma. Sucks you in and begs you to take that first sip.

A wonderfully rich dark, roasty maltiness leads the way that segways into a big chocolate presence. Hints of licorice, dark fruit, and a mellow roasted coffee midway through each sip. Flows down with a nice green hoppiness with a lingering bitterness. Tasty stuff here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rich and chewy. Sturdy carbonation works itself in nicely. Only a touch of alcohol is noticeable here. A tasty RIS that I am glad to have the opportunity to sample. Hopefully I'll run across this brew again someday!

Overall this brew got a 4.3 out of 5 from me. Great stuff!

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