Stillwater Contemporary Works – Surround

Posted: October 3, 2015 in American Double/Imperial Stout, Reviews, Stillwater Artisanal Ales

The last brewery that we went to in Maine was Sebago. Much like Sea Dog, it was a brewpub. We sat in the bar and I picked one of their session beers. I watched some football while I checked out the place. They had about 6 beers on tap with varying selections of styles. The bar was relatively large with televisions and the service was alright. It was pretty empty and I didn’t see any food come out. It was in the same parking lot as a large supermarket, so I could see it getting crowded. The beer was fine, nothing impressive. And thus ended our Maine brewery visits.

surround

ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Like a sound system that fills the room with audibles swarming in every direction. This massive stout overtakes your senses with aromas & flavor of dark chocolate, caramel, roast, smoke, earth & wood, It’s heavy I know, but you have to drop that bass every once in a while if you really wanna get down. Label Design Notes: Surround’s geometric pattern is based on a piece of tape used by an early analog computer that may have been used in multi-track music production during the 1960s. The type is set in Helvetica Neue LT Std so that we can maximize the area used for the pattern on the label without compromising legibility of the mandatory text.”

Random: I am really enjoying this scheduling my posts. It allows me to massively update, but still have only one post show each day. How did I not do this before? It’s brilliant.

This beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black with no visible carbonation. The nose had roasted malts, smoke and cocoa powder. The taste had very intense smoke and roasted malts. What was really interesting about this beer was that I didn’t get the normal coffee and chocolate notes that accompany a stout. The beer had generous bitterness without being overwhelming. It had a thick body with well-hidden alcohol. The carbonation was moderate. The finish was length with roasty notes. The single was $3.50 for the bottle, which came to $.29 per ounce. Although this wasn’t cheap, it was a really interesting beer that I’m glad I tried.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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