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Bomber of the Week: Liquid Metal by Black Bottle Brewery
October 14, 2015
Now that fall has finally arrived in Colorado (I’m considering September our freebie month of summer to make up for June) I’ve been proactively seeking out the seasonal beers that are appropriate for this kind of weather. One such variety that holds a place near and dear to me are Rye ales in all of their forms, and while there are always a few offerings in this vein year round the selection is vastly expanded in the fall. This is also the time of year that darker beers become more enticing to accompany the ever cooling air. Given this, I was fortunate enough to find a bomber that combined these two components into one intriguing opportunity. With that, I found myself relaxing on one of our crisp October evenings with a bottle of Liquid Metal to keep me company.
After allowing the bottle to rest a moment once it was uncapped, I poured it to see the signature signs of an imperial stout; an almost menacingly dark liquid with tinges of red with very little head or noticeable effervescence. Something noticeably absent from Liquid Metal’s demeanor is the pungent aroma often tied to Imperial stouts, replaced instead by a more toasty savory smell with hints of the imperial layered therein.
This restrained presence is not limited to the aroma but translates to the entirety of the flavor profile in a way that is truly enjoyable. Unlike many Imperial Stouts that can leave one with a cloying aftertaste that overwhelms the pallet, Liquid Metal seems much lighter. This more subtle taste allows for the rye to come through prominently while still holding to the nutty and sweet nature of a stout. The final notes are a slight toasty aftertaste with hints of semi-sweet chocolate finish at the back of the pallet which enhances the overall taste without overpowering the primary flavor profile of the next sip.
If you are ready to start breaking into beers that are a good fit for both fall and winter that will give your taste buds a bit of a work out I strongly recommend Liquid Metal. I’m willing to bet you’ll enjoy it as much as I have. Cheers everyone!
Brew Ratings: (Listed on a scale of 1-5 penguins: 1=lightest 5=strongest. Why penguins? Because 'Merica, that's why)