Truck Stop Bandit

American Imperial Stout Devour Brewing Co.

3.5

Truck Stop Bandit, an American Imperial Stout by Devour Brewing Co.

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Truck Stop Bandit is an American Imperial Stout brewed by Devour Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.

Appearance

The stout pours an opaque black with no light showing through. It’s topped by a finger-thick cap of pock-marked tan-colored foam that shows good retention. An aggressive pour yields the best results. a thin ring of foam gathers at the collar while streaks of residue coat the sides following the reduction.

Aroma

The aroma is initially sweet and spicy, wafting cinnamon and chocolate. But then a scent of coffee asserts itself as the beer warms.

Flavor

Bready malt leads the palate and is followed by a strong finish of coffee roast and cinnamon. The spicy and bitter mixture lingers and a sweet note of dark chocolate is picked up on the swallow.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth and creamy with a nearly-full, somewhat chewy body that has low carbonation. Finishes dryly with a warming sensation from the alcohol and cinnamon.

Overall

Its appearance is good and its aroma is pleasant. Palate mixes the spicy, bitter, and sweet flavors nicely. Nice feel but could use just a bit more body. Its high ABV is managed nicely with appreciable and appreciative warmth. The Truck Stop Bandit may not steal your heart but you’re likely to enjoy this Imperial Stout just the same.

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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.