I always meant to get down to White Rooster in Sparta, Illinois, when we lived so close to St. Louis. Unfortunately, I never made it there. I’m not sure why. People in the metro area would blow up Untappd, raving about how good their sours tasted. I did have a stout by them at a bottle share, and I liked it so I have high hopes for this one.
The artwork is a blatant Lord of the Rings ripoff, but I’m a HUGE fan of LotR so it’s all good. My buddy Niles sent this beer to me in one of our many trades, and I was surprised to see it as a 12 oz bottle. So, let’s crack this and see what its about.
Necromancer pours liquid black with a thin, dark tan head, like caramel. The head quickly dissipates but can be reinvigorated by swirling the beer in the tulip to become a more frothy, foamy version of itself. On the nose I’m happy to smell all vanilla. It’s glorious! Sweet vanilla on the nose is a huge plus for me. So, let’s see if the flavor comes through.
This is a full-bodied stout with a thick and oily mouthfeel. There’s chocolate at first, sweet chocolate and then an explosion of vanilla. On the back end, Necromancer finishes slightly bitter with a nice dark chocolate bite. White Rooster calls this an Imperial Milk Stout with cacao nibs and Ugandan vanilla beans. They nailed it! This stout is nearly perfect. It’s a huge 14% but not boozy. The chocolate and vanilla are perfectly balanced. It’s not overly sweet or bitter. It’s a shame the bottle is so small because I would totally crush a bomber of this…by myself…and love every minute of it.
I do wish I’d visited White Rooster while they were easily accessible, but alas, I must love them from afar. And if you couldn’t tell, this stout was amazing. Cheers!
- ABV: 14%
- IBU: n/a
- Untappd Rating: 4.39
- # of Ratings: 126