With the snow still on the ground, the Irish Stout was the drink of choice! The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a slight brick hue. Once the glass is filled the beer appears almost black and looses almost all of the brick hues. The head is exactly what you expect from a stout, it’s toasted wheat in color and has staying power.
On the nose there are rich aromas of deep roasted malts and dark roast coffee. The hearty aromas are met by a note of burnt sugar, like that of overcooked caramel. Rounding out the bouquet is a light suggestion of toasty almond.
The first sip showcases the beer’s weight and creamy mouthfeel. On the palate the initial flavor is a hearty smoke note. The smoke transitions to a strong roasted coffee flavor on the mid-palate which is balanced with a creamy caramel note. The slightly bitter roasted coffee lingers on the dry finish with a light piney hop note resonating behind it.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5
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