Annex Rorschach

Reviewed by on November 28, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Annex Ale Project

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: November 28, 2018

  • Best Before: bottled November 5, 2018

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Milk Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A ‘Milk Chocolate Stout’.  I’m having Watchmen flashbacks when I consider this one’s name.

This 650ml bottle pours a pretty solid black, with minor amber basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves some splendid layered webbed lace around the glass as it slowly yet surely sinks out of sight.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, subtle cafe-au-lait, and very tame earthy, musty, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, medium dark chocolate, over-creamed coffee, a hint of anise spice, and more well-understated earthy, herbal, and musty hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with nothing really acting up here that may be cause for getting put in time-out.  It finishes off-dry, the cocoa and malt in a lingering two-step.

Overall – the chocolate effect isn’t as pronounced as one might have been expecting, but it’s still aiiiiight.  And with no hint of the extra point and a half of the proverbial paint thinner, this is worth sipping on while I watch the house get eerily dark so early in the day.  Not news, but still.

Brady White

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