Sound Scorpion Imperial Stout
Reviewed by Brady White on August 12, 2016 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Sound Brewery
- Origin: Poulsbo, WA, US
- Rated On: August 12, 2016
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 8.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: American Imperial Stout
- Rating: GOOD !
This 22oz bottle pours a solid black, with slim basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly brown head, which leaves a bit of random streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.
It smells of bready and lightly roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, woodsy, but still sweet vanilla, some subtle earthy chili heat, a hint of Scandihoovian licorice nibs, and a bit of leafy, herbal, and floral green hoppiness. The taste is rather sweet caramel/toffee malt, a lesser cocoa powder thing, faint ashy notes, a growing green chili spiciness, still oaky vanilla pods, and more leafy, weedy, and somewhat perfumed floral hop bitters. The bubbles are pretty restrained in their plain and plebeian frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight for the style, and smooth, but for that lurking green spice essence. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, caramel, and vanilla still jousting with a persistent chili gullet-burner.
Overall, this is a fairly well-made big Yankee stout, with some foreign (vanilla) and apparently domestic (chili) adjuncts not exactly shy about their involvement here. Challenging to drink, but in a good way, y’know, the yin and yang of sweet and spicy always at the ready.