Enlightenment Ales Cosmos Batch No. 7. Foreign/Export Stout. Everett, MA 7.5% ABV.
Served chilled from a 750mL bottle and poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown to black color with a frothy two finger tan foam head that keeps its shape well. Smells are of chocolate and raisins. Carbonation is moderate with a medium body. Taste is sweet and malty, with chocolate flavoring leading the way. Dark fruits and roasted malt are there too, perhaps raisins and/or figs. Reviews I read afterward cited caramel but I didn't notice this. The finish is very dry, much more so than I would have expected. Overall it is a well balanced stout that I am sure would age quite well. Would definitely buy again!
A thank you to my Uncle Jim for this beer. Been holding onto it for a few months to allow for some of the malt characteristics to come forward and it certainly aged well. I would love to try more from this brewery (and have their Barleywine in the cellar!) This brewery is extremely small (like Kevin Scott's favorite Trillium). Goes to show you that there are a lot of craftsmen out there making great beers.
88/100 Beer Advocate