Mollusk Brewing // Cooperation Imperial Brown Ale // Seattle, WA // 8.3% ABV
If I'm not drinking beer (rarely) you can catch me sipping on whiskey. And hands-down the best distillery in Seattle is Westland. So I was very happy to hear about the collaboration between Mollusk and Westland. I'm always a fan of local companies working together to put out drinks that support their community and industry. The fellas at Mollusk brewed up an imperial brown that was then aged in whisky barrels. Music to my ears.
Color: Deep, dark, chocolaty brown with a thick, fluffy head.
Smell: A straight up mocha with notes of earthiness and bourbon spices
Taste: Smooth and rich without being overwhelming. The hop bitterness is balanced by the cocoa sweetness and are complimentary to the bourbon heat.
Overall: Two local companies collaborating using my two favorite beverages? How could I not love it. And the choice of going with a brown ale versus the typically aged stout or porter was a smart one. It can be easy to overdo the boldness of flavors when aging in barrels but the Cooperation allows the flavors to come through in every aspect.