Bench Creek Drexl Blackstrap Imperial Stout

Reviewed by on March 10, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bench Creek Brewing

  • Origin: Yellowhead County, AB, CA

  • Rated On: March 10, 2018

  • Best Before: canned February 26, 2018

  • ABV: 11.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Imperial Stout

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

What I have in front of me is the most recent offering in this brewery’s Villainous Series – which is apparently an ode to Drexl Spivey, from the movie True Romance.

This 473ml can pours a solid black abyss, with the barest of amber basal edges, and four fingers of beautifully cascading, puffy and fizzy brown head, which leaves but a few random specks of teardrop lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of anise spice, brown sugar, bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, some muddled dark orchard fruity esters, and rather tame earthy, musty, and floral noble hop bitters.  The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, hard toffee, spicy black licorice, brown simple syrup, still difficult to parse black stone fruit, a bit of free-range ashiness, some subtle woodsiness, and more understated earthy, herbal, and gently lit-up floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, excepting that somewhat intrusive licorice spiciness.  It finishes off-dry, the sugary malt and star anise grappling for lingering dominance.

Overall – well, for the ‘biggest’ beer that they have claimed to have made thus far (wouldn’t that actually be the Legend Extra Old Ale @11.8%, that I enjoyed on Christmas Day?), this comes off as fairly easy to drink, with hardly a hair of the 22-proof boozy-booze showing its hand.  I’ve never seen the movie with the titular character, so I cannot verify if he is as slick as this stuff is.

Brady White

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