Collaboration Without Representation
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier
The Collaboration Without Representation Imperial Milk Stout is a dark black beer with a multi-colored one finger head. The head on this beer has the consistency of a firm mouse, light brown in color with a little white swirled through it. This is a very pretty beer to look at.
Powerful aromas of rich coffee and dark cocoa with faint aromas of sweet bourbon lift from the goblet. On the palate, the Collaboration Without Representation Imperial Milk Stout is a full bodied brew with layers upon layers of flavor. Rich espresso coffee and sweet cocoa deliver a crafty mocha coffee-like feel that is both soothing and comforting.
The finish of this beer is what rounds everything out while bringing yet another layer of complexity to keep the fun rolling. A touch of sassafras (root beer!) wrapped up in bourbon warms you from your cheeks right down to your heart. Fantastic beer that delivers the “wow” factor from start to finish. Cheers!
Tansey’s Blind Review – 94 Points
The Break Down
Beer Selection – Collaboration Without Representation
Producer – Deep River Brewing Company
Region – Clayton, North Carolina
Preferred Glass – Snifter / Goblet
Hops – unknown
Malts – unknown
Other – Chocolate, coffee, aged in bourbon barrels
Alcohol – 12.8%
AVAILABILITY: one time brew / January
IBUs – International Bittering Units – unknown
Food Pairing – Chocolate Raspberry Tart
What is an Imperial Stout?
Imperial stouts are beefed up stouts, which in turn, are simply beefed up porters. Made with roasted malts and barley, these beers are high in alcohol content at about 8% and above. Characteristics often include dry chocolate, earth, bitter black coffee, tobacco, and licorice. These beers are great for aging and will often mellow out and become more balanced over time. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier
From The Brewery
Brewed in Collaboration with Bottle Revolution. Bourbon barrel aged imperial chocolate milk stout with coffee.