Iconyc Vexed

Posted: January 9, 2017 in American Double/Imperial Stout, Iconyc Brewing Company, Reviews

So, I’ve spent a month in Ohio, covering another site. Since you won’t read this until January, I’ll probably be at a different site by then. One of the positive aspects is that I have been getting a lot of frequent flyer miles on American since I leave every weekend. I’ve also been exploring the beer scene here in my very small amount of spare time, which I’ll go into in some other posts. This beer though, is a NYC original. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 12.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Light bodied but intensely rich, Vexed challenges the concept of a traditional stout. Unconventionally combining the refreshing qualities of a Saison with an Imperial Stout aged on coffee, cacao, vanilla, cinnamon, and oak. Highly controversial and much debated, vexed will leave your thoughts in turmoil.”

Random: Their label art is super cool on this one.

This beer poured with a one finger, off white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had notes of deep smoke, cedar and freshly brewed espresso. The taste was much lighter than I expected for the style. It had the expected roasted malts and espresso, but also had a light wood characteristic. It also had a marked yeast note with some wood ash as well. The carbonation on the beer was light and the body was medium thickness. It made this beer very dangerous, especially since I couldn’t pick up the booze. The flavor lasted awhile with smoke and dark chocolate. This was not a cheap beer at $22 a bomber ($1 per ounce). Despite the price, I’m glad I got to give it a shot and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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