Friday, October 27, 2017

Santiam Brewing Co. & Salem Ale Works (Collab) - Two-Faced Collusionator Stout

If I could write a dossier...
Okay, first things first: I freaking LOVE the name of this beer! Two-Faced Collusionator is the best name for a Russian Imperial Stout EVER! Thanks to the witty nomenclature, this brew is as topical as it is tasty. Two-Faced Collusionator... try saying it with a Boris Badenov accent.

This beer is a collaboration between Salem Ale Works and Santiam Brewing Company, both stationed out of the capital of this great beer state of Oregon: Salem. I purchased the pint-sized can at Green Zebra Grocery for $3.99. Deal! If Two-Faced Collusionator is any indication of how well these two breweries work together, I'm looking forward to many future collaborations. It's good stuff, Maynard! Let's get right to the review, since I'm WAY out of practice...

The beer poured into my glass a deep, dark, dark brown (almost black) color with a rich, creamy, mocha-colored head. This stuff is opaque! Ain't no light getting through there! The head rose up to a full finger thickness and lasted a good, long time. A thin cap of lacing was left behind when the suds finally dissipated.

Aroma was burnt coffee, chocolate and some booze. Hints of vanilla and licorice.

Taste followed the nose. Abundant coffee and bitter, dark chocolate flavors. Rich, roasted malt. Vanilla and a touch of licorice. Molasses. Dark, dried fruit: cherries and figs. Booze without any alcohol burn. Bet this would barrel age like something awesome. Hope they have some sitting on some wood somewhere.

Smooth, medium mouthfeel with a bit of a sticky to it. Feels elegantly creamy on the palate at the finish. Very much noticeable alcohol bite to this 9% ABV brew, but no harsh.

Overall, this is an easy sipper. The flavors really pop as it warms up. I highly recommend this one. I'm going to put a couple away to celebrate the impeachment. I'm giving Two-Faced Collusionator a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.

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