December 28th was my last day at work in southern Illinois. The guys in my IT department wanted one last get together to do a massive bottle share and who am I to say no to that? My wife made the trip back from Tampa and brought some good stuff back with her to share with the fellas. It was epic. Tyler brought some BA stouts from Begyle in Chicago and Bourbon County Vanilla (2018). My wife brought some sours and this monster.
Angry Chair has a one track mind. They’re pretty much on point for stouts, specifically sweet stouts. They brew a lot of them. Simple Math showed up in the tap room a few weeks ago and my awesome wife stopped in to try it and get me a crowler.
I can do simple math. I can do most complex math. I was smart in school, believe it or not. So, as usual, I was intrigued by the beer name. You know, 2 + 2 = 4. That’s simple math. This is not rocket appliances! 🙂
Simple Math, the Imperial Sweet Stout from Angry Chair, is a whole other version of simple math. They took their base stout and added cinnamon, coconut and coffee. Back in October I wrote about another Angry Chair beer called Imperial Awakening. I was a hug fan of that offering. Imperial Awakening combined coffee and cinnamon for the win. So, these aren’t the same beers, but the only added ingredient that’s different is coconut. I also dig coconut in a beer so…let’s see how it is.
Simple Math pours like ink in the glass, black as night with a slight dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of mostly coffee and a veiled sweetness of cinnamon. I don’t get much coconut on the nose. It’s definitely a beauty to look at, as most AC stouts are. However, in the mouth, this beer is a different story. This is sugar in a glass. It’s coffee-forward and then a ton of sugar and cinnamon. I don’t get any coconut on the palate either, which is unfortunate.
However, it’s straight up diabeetus! Wow. I’m an enormous fan of sweet stouts, but this one may be too much, even for me. Damn, I can feel my blood sugar spiking with every taste. A lot of the guys at the beer share thought it was too sweet as well. So, I took one for the team and drank as much as I could. Ha! Finally a sweet stout that was too much for me. I hang my head in shame at the thought. I’m interested to see if Angry Chair does something with this one, or if it’s a one off brew. It was good but perhaps TOO good? Is that even a thing? I don’t know. Cheers!
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