An eclipse is a sign of the apocalypse, if you believe conspiracy theorists and evangelical doomsayers. But that is not the case. I’ve seen two total eclipses (1988 and 1995 in Asia), excluding the one today, and yet we’re still around. So, no, the only End of Days that will be happening this day is the stout brewed by Pipeworks Brewing.
Poured into a snifter, End of Days produced a thick, dark liquid, as black as the moon during an eclipse, and blocks any light from passing through. Although there is a brown hue at its edges. The head is tan, and very thin. At first, I thought my bottle was just cold. But when I agitated the beer when it warmed up, it still didn’t produce any head at all.
The aroma is strong with sweets, coming from vanilla, brown sugar, and both milk and dark chocolates. It has hints of cinnamon and pepper as well. From time to time, the smell of smoked malts also comes through.
The taste doesn’t mirror the smell, however. On the front, I was greeted by sweet vanilla. It was immediately followed by the bittersweet taste of cocoa and smoked malts. Then, just hot spicy peppers after that. Occasionally, the taste of booze pushes through all that spiciness as well.
End of Days feels really thick and syrupy on the mouth. It’s also a big beer (10.5% abv) that needs to be sipped and not chugged. Also, it’s too spicy to drink on summer days, even on a cool day like today. It made me sweat, sipping on it at the back on my car while watching the eclipse.
End of Days is a good beer. Albeit it wasn’t balanced, it has a lot of good flavors. It could’ve been a great beer if it’s: a) less spicy; and b) if I drank it on winter when the weather is below zero.