Beer Review: Miskatonic Black Is Beautiful

Beer Review: Miskatonic Black Is Beautiful
Miskatonic Brewing "Black Is Beautiful"

Here's the 100th entry in my "One Take Beer Reveiw" videos on YouTube. So I had been saving this particular ber for the milestone. Just by coincidence, the time to do the review was the final night of the reign of "President" Trump. Sure seemed appropriate.

I managed to get to 14 of the local releases in the "Black Is Beautiful" project, a collaboration of 1,200 brewers in 50 states and several countries. The project was organized by Black-owned Weathered Souls Brewing of Texas, to raise awareness of and funds to support programs in the Black community.

I'd held on to the Miskatonic Brewing (Darien, IL) version because, at $13 per 22 oz. bottle, it was the priciest of the BiB beers I had. So I figured to let it age a little bit, after buying it in July. Miskatonic described it as "a careful blending of three different imperial stouts: one fresh, two bourbon barrels aged." The base beer was an imperial oatmeal stout recipe, with individual brewers doing their own thing.

This beer turned out to be somewhat milder than I might expected from a BBA Stout. It poured a brown-black body under a foamy brown head.

The smell had notes of chocolate and alcohol to it. Taste was warming, with more of a sweet stout note, bourbon and then a followup note of chocolate, dried cherry and oak. Not a knockout BBA Stout, but a great sipper and worth enjoying on the last night before we can shout "YOU'RE FIRED!"

The beer still shows up on Miskatonic's web site, so there might still be some bottles available.


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