I was so lucky to get my hands on this stout from Triptych Brewing. My buddy Niles made the long trek north in Illinois to Savoy to grab a few of these. I was itching to try it. Everyone said it was fantastic. Now, I have all this hype to contend with. I’ve enjoyed the few stouts I’ve had from Triptych, even though I felt like a few of them had similar flavors. So, without further adieu, let’s crack this one open.
Unfortunately, the first one I popped had a bad seam on the top of the can. It leaked during shipping. That, coupled with the Florida heat, didn’t help and this can was fat as a tick when I opened the box. Thankfully it was shipped in a Ziploc bag and a lot of the beer was at the bottom of the bag.
Triptych is known for filling their beers to the top when they can to keep out as much oxygen as possible. Oxygen is bad for beers, creates off flavors and generally just ruins the vision the brewers had when they created the beer. So, when this first beer was opened, the beer was barely reaching the top of the label on the can. Uncharacteristic. So, after tasting this first beer, I decided to drain pour and go with the second one that wasn’t leaking.
Always Room For Dessert pours black with a thin, dark tan head. This is motor oil. Damn. This looks decadent. Swirling the beer in the tulip briefly reinvigorates the carbonation but only to recreate a thin tan ring around the inside of the glass. Aroma is sweet chocolate and almost boozy. The can states this is an Imperial Stout featuring Organic Tanzanian Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla Cookies, Vanilla, and Intelligencia Black Cat Espresso. Wow, that’s a lot of good stuff right there. Triptych labels this as a tiramisu stout, which is interesting. Let’s take a sip.
This stout is thick, chewy. It’s sweet at first, with tons of chocolate. The coffee comes in toward the end. It’s rich and decadent. Wow, this is easily the best stout I’ve had from Triptych. The vanilla adds a load of sweetness on the palate. The espresso on the back end lingers a bit, leaving a nice dark chocolate bite. This is a fantastic stout. It pairs well with dark chocolate, or even sweet chocolate M & M’s. Triptych is really known for their haze, but their stouts are not to be missed. If you can get your hands on these, do so. You won’t be disappointed if you like these “pastry” style stouts.
- ABV: 11.29%
- IBU: n/a
- Untappd Rating: 4.33
- # of Ratings: 322