What’s in a name? Uranus by any other name would smell so sweet. That was written many eons ago by Toftorg Golshop, Ruler of the Third Empire of Uranus on one of his many voyages to earth (it was stolen and re-written by “you know who” sometime later). And while on earth for one of those trips, Toftorg grew fond of the rich, robust stouts of Northern England. Designed to withstand the grueling intergalactic voyage from Earth to Uranus, “Long, Dark Voyage” is a Uranal Stout of the highest order. Ass puckeringly bitter and dry as a bone, this dark chocolate treat is quite dangerous and can sneak up on you from behind if you don’t keep your wits about you. You’ve been warned! 473 ml, 9.5% alc./vol.
Um, my can says: “Tongue crushingly bitter and dry as a bone”. Did the description above come from a special edition can?
Russ, you are correct, there are 2 different descriptions. The one used in this post was taken from Sawdust City’s website. I guess they didn’t want the word Ass on all their cans, perhaps some censorship as well.
Actually, it’s quite nice for a Russian Imperial Stout. The nose is very much alcohol, but on the tongue, it’s pretty smooth, and doesn’t taste as strongly alcoholic as it smells. The can says it’s 60 IBU, but it doesn’t taste too bitter to me. My tongue remains uncrushed, and my ass no more puckered than usual. But then again, I am only a few sips into this 10% tall boy…
A very nice beer. This is now the darkest beer of Taste-Mas 2016, edging out the Railway City Stout. This year we have tried a wide variety of beer and I don’t think there has been a bad beer in this bunch.Sometimes I wonder if some of the brewmasters just try stuff to see if they can make a beer that is so “out there” that it becomes almost undrinkable. This beer had the makings, in my opinion, of a dare gone bad. The name alone suggests this would be a voyage into darkness, but it is an easy drinking high percentage stout that I have enjoyed sipping while watching Slovakia beat up on Latvia.
This brings Taste-Mas 2016 to a close, but it also opens the door to a New Year and to celebrate the beginning of 2017 we’ll have a New Beers Eve tasting of Beau’s New Lang Syne. We’ll be tasting this year’s offering and last year’s offering.
So I am playing catch up due to being stricken down with the Man Cold over the holidays.
This brew is one of the nicer Russian imperial stouts I’ve had. The chocolate overtones are there, and the bitterness is nowhere near where I expected for 60 IBU.
All in all a very fantastic 12 days of Taste-Mas for 2016!