Beeried Treasure: Dead Goon Imperial Stout from Spoonwood Brewing Co

Scheduled for Nov 7, 2016 at Robinson in Beeried Treasures

Spoonwood

Fermentables: 2-Row, Munich, Wheat, Roasted Barley, BlackPrinz, CaraMunich

Hops: Horizon, Bramling Cross, Goldings

Who doesn’t love a huge, rich, roasty, jet-black stout in the heat of summer? Weirdos, that’s who. Okay, so maybe we’re in the minority, but for our tastes, imperial stouts are never out of season. Consequently, we like to have one on tap for all seasons. The real reason we started brewing Dead Goon in July/August is so that we could age a portion in bourbon barrels, for release in February or March. The beer that emerges from those barrels is called Undead Goon, of course.

This year’s Goon is even bigger than the last, with an ABV just shy of 10%. It’s certainly rich from an abundance of malt, but it is very well attenuated, meaning that the yeast did a bang-up job consuming fermentable sugars. The high attenuation also means that it’s not overly sweet for a beer of its size, with the alcohol and hops helping to dry the finish. Otherwise, it has all of the roasty, coffee, dark chocolate, slightly burnt sugar flavors you’d expect for the style.

Contrary to what some folks have suggested, the name has nothing to do with hockey thugs. Rather, it is taken from the title of the final track on Mr. Bungle’s self-titled first major release. Look that one up…

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