Archive for the ‘Stout’ Category

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Day #321 – Samuel Adams Black & Brew

November 18, 2011

Samuel Adams Black & Brew

New beer from Samuel Adams today, courtesy of my friend Mike. This is a stout with Sumatran coffee added. I must say coffee beers are my absolute FAVORITE! I have high expectations for this. 5.8%.

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Pours a dirty brown color with a tan bubbly head.

Aroma is chocolatey, dark chocolate and coffee grounds. The e isn’t nearly as overt as I was hoping.

Flavor is sweet chocolate, light coffee and roasted notes. Finishes sweet and ground. Not as much coffee as I wanted.

Cheers!

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Day #306 – Sierra Nevada Stout

November 3, 2011

Today is International Stout Day!! And to celebrate I am cracking open a good stout.

Sierra Nevada Stout

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This is a stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company out of Chico, California. This should be a very solid stout as it comes from a reputable company. Here goes!

This beer pours a dark brown color that touches on black that shows just the slightest bit of red color when held to the light.

Aroma is certainly roasted. Dark and roasted malts, bitter grains and some light coffee-like notes.

Flavor is roasted malts and grains, bitter bakers chocolate and even more roast. Definitely a stout; very standard.

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Happy International Stout Day!

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Day #251 – Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout

September 9, 2011

Nice thick stout to end my day today.

Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout

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Breckenridge is based out of Denver, Colorado. This is their oatmeal stout, which is classified as a regular stout with an ABV of 4.95%. I’ve had this a few times before and it’s been glorious each time.

This beer pours a very dark brown that is almost a pitch black color. Foamy brown head rises and falls.

Aroma is fantastic! Lots of notes of warm chocolate, coffee beans, dark roasted malts and grains. Light oatmeal on the nose I suppose.

Flavor mirrors much of the nose. Dark roasted malts, bitter dryness, coffee ground and light chocolate make this a superb beer. Very happy with this.

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Cheers!

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Day #249 – Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout

September 7, 2011

Double posts today as I had a beer tasting last night till late and couldn’t get this written up in time. I DID actually have this beer last night though, so it still counts! 🙂

Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout

We have a collaboration beer here for tonight. This beer has an interesting story. It all started off as a homebrew recipe, (which more than likely most commercial beers start off that way in some early form) but this one truly was a homebrew. San Diego hosted a homebrew competition a while back, and they had around 40 entries. A beer from Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard won the competition and thereby earned the right to be amped up and brewed on a commercial level. They teamed up with Stone Brewing in California and Troegs from Pennsylvania to complete this collaboration. This beer is a stout at 7.3%. But I know what you’re saying, this beer is not available in Texas! Well, that’s true…..to a point. This beer actually received label approval for sale in Texas yesterday, so while it is technically not here yet, it will be very soon.

This beer pours a very dark brown color that edges on black. Tan foamy head. This leaves a bit of lacing on the edge of the glass.

Aroma is very interesting. Dark malts and woody notes are apparent on the nose. Not finding many cherries on the nose but has some chocolate.

Flavor is dark malts, very sweet chocolate and cherries make their debut. This has a fair wooden touch and finishes with almost a briny touch. Bitter on the finish for sure.

Cheers!

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Day #178 – Belhaven Scottish Stout (draught)

June 28, 2011

(Today’s review is going to come with a warning, an * if you will. After reviewing my notes from trying this several times previously, I am convinced that something was very wrong with the keg I tried it from this time. 😦 Unfortunately that does happen from time to time and it’s just the nature of the beast.)

Belhaven Scottish Stout

Belhaven Scottish Stout is brewed by Belhaven out of Dunbar, Scotland. The brewery was bought out by Greene King at some point which means they are now a part of a much larger conglomerate. (Thanks to Rich for the correction here.) This beer is classified as a stout and comes in at 4.5% ABV. I should also make note that the keg version and bottle version of this beer are 2 separate beers. The keg version has been keg pasteurized which changes the flavor from the bottled version ever so slightly.

Pours a very dark black with a foamy, creamy tan head. It was on draught so it started as a stormy brown color that eventually faded to black. Why is Metallica playing in my head right now?

The aroma is fairly subdued on this one. Some dark malts and roast with an obvious nitro scent.

The flavor is more roasted than the smell and has a beefy flavor? Man I’ve had this a couple times before now and I don’t recall it being smoked. Hmm, I’ll go with it. Dark malts with a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes smooth. I’ve got an inkling that there is something a bit off with this keg….(looking at my notes for the previous times I’ve tried this I mentioned lots of chocolate and cocoa notes but never said anything about beef.) Oh well, still a good beer albeit different from what I’m used to.

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Cheers anyway!

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Day #121 – Youngs Double Chocolate Stout

May 2, 2011

Youngs Double Chocolate Stout

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Ah. One of my earliest beers that I remember really making me think about the potential of what beer TRULY could be. This is my best friend’s favorite beer too, but I must confess that it has been FAR too long since I have tried it for myself. This beer is available in bottles/nitro cans as well as on tap. I would recommend any of the versions with nitro even though I am trying it out of a bottle today. The nitrogen treatment just adds one more layer of complexity here.

This beer is brewed by Wells & Youngs out of Bedford, England. This is actually a combination of 2 different breweries that combined in 2006. The Double Chocolate Stout gets it’s name from the double layer of “chocolate”, from dark chocolate essence and chocolate malt. Some beers are actually brewed with chocolate but more often they utilize ingredients that naturally produce a chocolate-like flavor. This beer is classified as a stout at 5.2%.

The beer pours a very dark brown color that almost edges on black. I say almost because held to the light the sides of the beer shine a brilliant brown. There is also a lofty brown head that resembles a loaf of wheat bread sitting atop the beer.

The aroma is lots of things; bready, dark malts, dusty, bitter chocolate, dry notes and a slight sweetness that can almost be construed as sharp. Enjoyable aroma.

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The flavor is first and foremost roasted. I pick up a mix of roasted malts and toasted nuts. This creates a dry feeling in the mouth that paves the way for a lingering roasted chocolate bread. The label says “never overly sweet” and I agree with that. This is not your typical milk chocolate. This is a dark, biting chocolate smoking a cigar…..in the best kind of way. I recommend this on tap most certainly.

Cheers!

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Day #92 – Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout

April 3, 2011

3 days straight of Texas beer and today I have a review from a brewery I have not yet featured on my blog. It’s been awhile since I’ve had this beer too; I have high expectations.

Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout

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Southern Star Brewing is a relatively new brewery out of Conroe, TX just north of Houston. They began brewing back in 2007, and have about 3 beers they distribute statewide. They are also another example of a brewery who only does cans and not bottles. Today I am reviewing their Buried Hatchet Stout. It is classified as a stout and holds 8.25% ABV.

Glad I get to break out my SS glass for this one.  This beer pours a dark brown color that shines a deep red when held to the light. It has a fizzy light brown head that dissipates fairly quickly for a stout.

The aroma is all kinds of lovelyness. Lots of rich chocolate, roasted malts and dark coffee ground. Very roasted nose. Also has kind of a toasted wood character as well. Nice.  Reminds me of smores by a campfire.

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Flavor is roasted as well. Roasted malts and toasted chocolate bars. Bit of a dry coffee flavor that edges into the finish. Dry finish that maintains a roasted chocolate flavor. Man this is good. A great example of what Texas breweries are capable of.

Cheers!