Hollywood Stout, an American Imperial Stout by Hollywood Brewing Co.

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Hollywood Stout is an American Imperial Stout brewed by Hollywood Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the stout was served in a snifter from a bottle.


Pours an opaque black with an inch-thick cap of creamy tan foam that has decent retention. No lace is apparent on the glass.


Aroma is sweet and boozy with a scent of vanilla, banana, and hint of fig and chocolate.

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Palate brings a lot of bite with a taste that’s earthy and herbal, followed by lingering warmth of alcohol. As the beer warms, that bitterness is tempered with a balance of vanilla, dark chocolate, and molasses over roast malt.


Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with a full body and low carbonation.


The Hollywood Stout is harshly bitter at first but becomes more palatable as it warms. Even so, its taste is heavy-handed with the booze. While it’s a decent stout there are better representations of the style that can be found elsewhere.

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