Thanks to Joe for this bottle of Stargazer Stout. This is a 2012 bottle, but I’ve seen it around a few liquor stores across Rhode Island – off the top of my head, Nikki’s in North Providence, if anyone’s interested.
This beer seriously looks like fryer grease poured out from one of those restaurants that you swear you’ll never eat at again because of food poisoning that one time, but it’s so cheap and it’s right there, so you end up going, later on cursing Guy Fieri for making every divey pizza joint seem like the Ritz Carlton of Flavortown, but they’re not and sometimes you’re better off with a frozen box of T.G.I. Fridays potato skins- but I digress. This beer is dark and thick and oily-looking, but in the best way. I don’t know why it’s called Stargazer, because this beast is like staring into a black hole.
Commercial Description: “Our limited-release Imperial Stout was brewed with nine different malts and Northern Brewer, Willamette, and Saaz hops, resulting in hints of rich cacao, roasted coffee and dark fruit. Several months of bottle-aging give this one-off a silky smooth finish.”
The nose is fantastic—over-ripe dark fruit, molasses, chocolate and the taste is insane. Wave after wave of semi-bitter chocolate, balanced perfectly with a good amount of roast and light char- probably due to the age, the hops and any strong coffee notes fall to the back while the dark fruits and chocolate really shine. The 9.7% alcohol is very well-hidden under a silky body. Finishes slightly dry.
I would not hesitate to pick up this gem if you can find it.
Grey Sail Brewing of RI
63 Canal Street
Westerly, RI, 02891