Episode 53: Stillwater Artisanal’s On Fleek Imperial Stout
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I’m Andrew Burkum and it’s that time of the week again where we pick a bottle from that massive craft brew aisle hoping to find a hidden treasure.
On Fleek pours like any good stout should—black and opaque. It’s thick in the glass like motor oil. It smells of coffee and molasses with a little tang in the very background, barely noticeable at first.
But what about the taste? The first thing I notice about on Fleek is that it seems to be rather aggressively carbonated for a stout. Where most stouts nowadays have soft, foamy bubbles this one is actually quite prickly to the tongue. The flavor is at once coffee bitter and toffee sweet, maybe just a little bit earthy on the end like the smell of the earth after a good hard rain. There’s just a bit of alcohol flavor in there but it’s not overwhelming and then, at the very end of the swallow a little bit of chocolate syrup right around the edges.
I like On Fleek. It’s a tasty stout with decent flavor and a good mouthfeel. It’s thick but not unpleasant and that aggressive carbonation actually makes it more interesting rather than detracting from the flavors. If you’re a stout enthusiast, this is one that I think you will like. Just drink with caution—that 13% Alcohol by Volume will catch up with you quickly!
Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I take a look at Raspberry Blonde by Lead Dog Brewing in Reno, Nv. Is this one the fruit trip we’ve been waiting for or will it end up the butt of another blonde joke? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes.
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