Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Going Blind Tasting

This past Saturday a group of local RateBeerians assembled at my house for a blind tasting of 25 imperial stouts. For those unfamiliar with the Imperial Stout style, it's a BIG beer, typically at least 8% ABV, with lots of malts and a fair amount of hops. Flavors that may be imparted include roastiness, coffee and chocolate, though they certainly don't stop there. And so we attempted to determine nuance among 25 different takes of this style, roughly two ounces at a time. Surprisingly, after trying so many beers over the years, I had yet to participate in a blind tasting. If you're curious how it went, I wrote an article about it over at RateBeer.