Winter has come.

Let me preface that by saying I live in southern California and it was 80 degrees outside today, but at least it is cold at night.  Either way, it is the time of year we tend to lean more towards stouts, barleywines and bigger richer beers over saisons, Berliner weisses and goses.

Cosmic and Divine is a 10 percent imperial stout brewed with dark and caramel malts, lactose and salted caramel aged on chocolate and toasted pecans. It is a collaboration from two breweries with notable names: Burial Beer Co. and J. Wakefield and I am all in.   

As I crack the 12-ounce can and fill my Teku the beer is close to black with a cola-like brown head that completely disappears in a matter of seconds. The aroma is not quite what I was expecting.  Based on the description I was expecting a decadent roasted chocolate stout when in reality the nutty aroma is the first thing I pick up. Sweet caramel, dark fruits and a bit of a cola like character round out the bouquet but overall it comes off more of an old ale blended with a lighter stout rather than the big rich stout I anticipated.   

My first sip of Cosmic and Divine starts off with sweet caramel, toffee and molasses that is very present but nowhere close to cloyingly sweet. Reading the list of ingredients, I never would have guessed that the pecans were going to the one to stand out most. I get hints of chocolate and roasted malts throughout as well. The mouthfeel is also surprisingly thin considering the high ABV and the style. The lack of carbonation also hurt the overall mouthfeel and Cosmic and Divine feels thin as it goes down.   

Burial / J. Wakefield Cosmic and Divine
BREWERY: Burial Beer Co. / J. Wakefield
LOCATION: Asheville, N.C.
STYLE: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10 percent ABV
IBU: n/a
PRICE: n/a
RELEASE DATE: July 12, 2017
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce cans
Overall, this is not quite what I had hoped for. The thin mouthfeel and the heavy pecans were both a bit of a turn off for me. A little more on the malt character and a bit more chocolate and coffee flavors would help balance it out a bit but as is I feel it missed the mark just a bit. I am not saying it was a bad beer, I just think it could have been better given the two breweries involved and the concept. For now, I will have to reach back into the fridge to find something that satisfies the craving for a big rich decadent winter beer.
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