Bell's Neptune (The Mystic)
Bell's Brewery Bell's Neptune (The Mystic) (9.0% alcohol by volume) is an American Imperial Stout brewed with maple syrup, molasses, and cane sugar and spiced with star anise, dried cayenne, raisins, dates, black pepper, hickory bark, dandelion root, nutmeg, grains of paradise, fenugreek seeds and dates. Neptune pours deep, dense dark brown producing a lacy 1” finely bubbled tan foam cap that suggest a nitro beer. The cap recedes to a very thick film after 4 minutes. Neptune smells like a rich, malty, molasses, maple cake loaded with spices. Pepper, raisin, cocoa and coffee aromas stand out. Neptne fills the nose with spices but it is hard to pick all the individual spcies out. It has a complex, layered palate with maple, molasses sweetness with a nice dose of pepper heat that is just enough to let you know it is there but not too much to over power. Another layer of rootbeer is supported by a layer of dates and raisins. Neptune is a medium full bodied beer with medium carbonation and an exceptional nitro-like creaminess Neptune balances boldness and restraint with its load of diverse flavors that work surprisingly well together and avoid tasting muddy. I rate it 91.
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