Airways Final Departure Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 9.9%
This is the first bottled beer ever released from Airways Brewing, located in Kent, WA. While there are some breweries in Washington that occasionally release an imperial stout, they are few and far between. It’s always good to see another local brewery give the style a try. Full of alcohol and big, bold flavors, imperial stouts are not for the timid.
Pours black with a thin layer of dark brown head. Lots of chocolate, licorice and roasted malt in the aroma with a bit of alcohol coming through. Lots more intense coffee roast and chocolate in the taste. An assertive bitterness balances very well, and overall this is incredibly drinkable for this big of a stout. Many high ABV stouts come off as overly sweet, but this one has just a hint of sweetness. It might too bitter for some stout drinkers’ preferences, but I think it works well here. There is a bit of alcohol in the flavor as well. It’s a very clean beer with no off flavors. I’ll be interested to see how this develops over time. I’d like to see a bigger head and better retention, but that’s a small quibble. This is a very good imperial stout.
Commercial Description/Press Release:
As our time on earth supposedly draws to an end, we’ve brewed up something special for what may be the last beer you’ll ever drink. But don’t worry—this big, bold stout is sure to make those enjoying it forget what potentially lies just ahead. Intended to be opened on December 20, the day before the predicted end of the world, Final Departure Imperial Stout boasts a 9.9 percent ABV and 75 IBUs. As Airways Brewing Company’s darkest beer yet, notes of coffee and chocolate give way to a toasty finish accompanied by a firm hop bitterness. For those who dare to take a chance, this limited edition stout was designed to get better with age, giving hope to the world after “the end of days.”
In the interest of full disclosure to satisfy the FTC regulations, this review was of a sample bottle received from the brewery.