Gigantic Kiss The Goat

Reviewed by on May 3, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Gigantic Brewing Company

  • Origin: Portland, OR, US

  • Rated On: May 3, 2016

  • Best Before: 'Not as awesome after' Jan 28, 2017

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Doppelbock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Doppelbocks (a Springtime brewing staple) are usually on the dark side colour-wise, relative to their little siblings, but leave it to these guys to further darken (both literally and figuratively) the traditional bock’s association with billy goats.

This 22oz bottle pours a clear (I think), very near-black brown colour, with prominent orange cola highlights, and a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy beige head, which leaves some chunky ski slope lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, oily nuts, some muddled dark orchard fruitiness, and rather understated earthy, leafy, and floral noble hops. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a further toasted cereal graininess, semi-sweet milk chocolate, a black fruit-tinged nuttiness, cafe-au-lait, and more gentle leafy, weedy, and only slightly perfumed floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite active in its generally probing and sometimes pushy frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and fairly smooth, with a pleasant creaminess easily counteracting some mildly intrusive wet ashy notes. It finishes off-dry, the roasted caramel malt carrying the day, along with its cocoa and coffee amigos.

Well, at least Gigantic didn’t go overboard with the ’emblackening’, meting out the brunt of it to the appearance, and a lesser amount to the roasting of the big-ass malts here. Pretty tasty, I gotta say, with the 16-proof booze essentially obfuscated – in the flavour department, at least. Now, who wants to start a petition for the ‘American Black Doppelbock’ style, eh?

Brady White

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