Oh man, that one was terrific. I liked it so much I ordered a glass.
|The Route of All Evil features an |
undead clown on the label.
A hefty Black Ale with profound malt and hop complexity. Neither Stout nor Porter, it will be its own thing – full-bodied, bold and black. Flavor characteristics of dark chocolate, mocha, molasses and dark fruits. Balanced by piney citrusy notes of Pacific Northwest hops. Full-bodied and uncommonly satisfying at 7.5% alcohol.
The beer pours thick and black with maybe a half inch or more of dark tan head. The website is right that it's not a stout or a porter, it definitely tastes like beer, albeit strong beer, beer that wants to kill you with its bare hands. There's no chocolate or coffee in there--at least those weren't the flavors that sprang to my mind when I drank it. Strong hop presence, though. It's not like a double IPA or anything, but it's decidedly bitter. Like a 40-year-old porn star who knows she has only herself to blame.
I really, really liked this beer. On Untapped, I wrote:
Terrific, terrific beer. Weird and flavorful and hoppy and just as black as sin. Beautiful. I loved it and can't wait to have another.
Five stars. Seriously, I need to go find a couple of bottles to sock away before they quit makin' this stuff.
While we're talking, yeah! I got a merit badge on Untapped. How cool is that?