Hollywood Stout

American Imperial Stout Hollywood Brewing Co.

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Hollywood Stout, an American Imperial Stout by Hollywood Brewing Co.

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Hollywood Stout is an American Imperial Stout brewed by Hollywood Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the stout was served in a snifter from a bottle.

Appearance

Pours an opaque black with an inch-thick cap of creamy tan foam that has decent retention. No lace is apparent on the glass.

Aroma

Aroma is sweet and boozy with a scent of vanilla, banana, and hint of fig and chocolate.

Flavor

Palate brings a lot of bite with a taste that’s earthy and herbal, followed by lingering warmth of alcohol. As the beer warms, that bitterness is tempered with a balance of vanilla, dark chocolate, and molasses over roast malt.

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with a full body and low carbonation.

Overall

The Hollywood Stout is harshly bitter at first but becomes more palatable as it warms. Even so, its taste is heavy-handed with the booze. While it’s a decent stout there are better representations of the style that can be found elsewhere.

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About the American Imperial Stout

Rich, dark, and complex, the American Imperial Stout has a strength similar to that of an American Barleywine. Its bitterness typically runs high from hops, roast, or booze, and it should have a silky, luscious feel. The style originated in the Russian Imperial Court, became popular in England, and then all but disappeared. The modern craft brewing renaissance resurrected the style in America and in England.