Man, I really need to expand my stout searches. How have I never heard of Hoof Hearted Brewing from Columbus, Ohio? I recently traded some 450 North beers for a mixture of Hoof Hearted and Calusa beers and this was one of them. So, let’s drink this thang! (See what I did there? Tried my southern accent on…it needs work.)
Holding Heavy is a collaboration between Hoof Hearted Brewing from Columbus, Ohio and Barreled Souls Brewing from Saco, Maine. This is an imperial stout with bourbon soaked almonds, cacao nibs, brown sugar and lactose.
It pours coffee black with a nice thick, tan head that dissipates, leaving a nice tan ring around the inside edge of the snifter. Swirling the beer in the glass agitates the carbonation, quickly recreating the head momentarily. There’s a slightly sweet aroma of boozy bourbon on the nose. It’s quite pleasant. There’s a hint of brown sugar, which is really nice.
This beer has a nice creamy mouthfeel, but I feel like it’s still medium-bodied. At first, when this was cold there was an awful metallic taste on the back end. So bad. I’m letting it warm a bit…
Ok, it’s been a while and Holding Heavy has warmed and now let’s get another drink of this beast. There’s loads of chocolate at first and a nice slight boozy burn. There’s a lot of boozy burn throughout, and the back end is only slightly metallic now. But unfortunately, it’s still there. Nothing kills a stout for me more than a metallic, penny-like taste on the back end. Big-time turn off. At least it’s not as prevalent as it was when it was colder, but it is disappointing.
I’d like to thank Matt for the trade, as well as for the other Hoof Hearted beers, including Konkey Dong, which was excellent. I’ll link to his Instagram profile below. Give him a follow, he’s good people! This review should be up sometime in December, which means I’m so close to being in Florida for good I can almost taste it! It’s a robust 35-degrees today in cloudy, depressing southern Illinois…so I’m ready to head south.
- ABV: 9%
- Untappd Rating: 4.06