Saturday, March 1, 2014

201 Central & Natty Greene's Limited Edition Imperial Stout

Most breweries collaborate with one another to create a beer, but some other place can collaborate with a brewery. Like for example a local grocery store and a local beer brewery. I don’t think I’ve seen this type of collaboration before. So the grocery store part of this beer collaboration, which is Imperial Stout, is Harris Teeters higher end store 201 Central named after the first every Harris Teeter location here in Charlotte NC, and the brewery part is Natty Greene’s in Greensboro, NC. This Imperial Stout is limited and I think is going quickly from the shelves. This collaboration Imperial Stout, 10.3% ABV pours a deep rich black color with a four finger chocolate brown rocky head that slow fades in wonderful whips of lace around the glass. I found no light and couldn’t see the carbonation that’s there. The aroma on this big Imperial Stout is of fine dark chocolate and roasted malts with light hints of coffee. The taste is first slightly sweet with nice dark chocolate flavors with a nice hint of roasted malts. Then there comes a slight and faint black licorice and a touch of a roasted bitterness. The mouth feel is big, rich and full. This beer sticks in your mouth. The finish is nice with dark chocolate and nice roasted bitterness that leads to a nice semi sweet after taste of more dark chocolate. This here is an interesting collaboration between a grocer and a brewer. This Imperial Stout gets a B- here. I found it to be good but not overwhelmingly good. It can use more sweetness, and roasted notes to really take over the top, but not a huge amount. I liked this collaboration beer, and I would have this one again. So if you find this please try this Imperial Stout and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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