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Day #66 – (512) Cascabel Cream Stout

March 8, 2011

Today is another beer from the Austin brewery (512). This is the newest of their offerings, and it’s a stout!! Finally, I have been waiting forever for this brewery to do a stout.

(512) Cascabel Cream Stout

This beer is classified as a sweet stout, which is basically a stout brewed with some sort of cream or sweetening agent. This one is obviously a milk cream, HOWEVER, a cascabel (upon researching it) is a variety of PEPPER! They brewed a sweet cream stout and then dumped a load of peppers in the mix. This could either be great or disastrous. Here’s hoping for the former.

This beer pours a very dark black color with a small hint of dark red highlights on the edge. It has a nice tan head that looks like a loaf of bread. It disappeared quickly after taking the picture though. :/

Aroma is quite nice. Lots of dark malts and sweet chocolate. Small amounts of coffee roast show up in the nose as well. Very nice to smell!

The flavor is…..GREAT! Lovely notes of dark chocolate and coffee espresso with dark malts and sweet cream. Wow that’s great. And where are the peppers you ask? Well they show up with a vengeance on the finish as a vigorous spicy tingle that showly edges it’s way from the back of your throat all the way down. Very warming and a nice surprise of a kick. Hell yeah, this rocks!

It’s draught only at this point which means you can only find it on tap at your high-class beer bars. Ginger Man and Flying Saucer have it at this point. If you like stouts in the least, this one is worth seeking out. It’s seasonal though, so at some point it will disappear.

Definitely CHEERS!

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Day #32 – Left Hand Milk Stout

February 2, 2011

Still frozen in solid today, so I’m sticking with another heavy stout. I really wish this was my only job, cause I could get used to the idea of sitting on my couch while blogging, watching movies and drinking beer. Guaranteed this is what my summer will be like.

Also if you haven’t already seen it, I posted a very nice article on glassware last night. You can check it out here.

Left Hand Milk Stout

Left Hand Brewing Company is based out of Longmont, Colorado. Colorado is one of the beer Meccas of the US, along with Oregon and California. Texas is doing it’s best to get on the beer map, and if HB 660 passes in the State Legislature this session then we will take a large step in that direction. HB 660 would allow Texas brewpubs to distribute their beer, whereas at the moment they can only sell it to whoever walks in their doors. There is a very good blog going about it’s progress written by the owner of Freetail Brewing Co. based out of San Antonio. Give it a look here. Left Hand started in 1994 and has since grown to large proportions. Sawtooth Ale is their flagship beer but the one I am reviewing today was one of the first craft beers I ever tried, way back when. Very glad I am getting the chance to review it again today. I’m curious to see how my palate has changed since then, as the first time I rated it I made a crude joke about eating nuts. Take it for what it’s worth.

This beer pours a very dark brown color that turns to ruby highlights when held to the light. It was a little difficult to work up a head on this guy which was slightly odd. Usually stouts are billowing with head but this one was a bit lazy. What head did appear was a nice beige color.

Roasted malts, dark chocolate and a bit of milky sweetness fill the aroma. Not sure where my previous nutty comment came from but I guess the roastyness could qualify for that.

Creamy mouthfeel, with a sweet cocoa flavor. A bit of roasty notes fill the flavor as well. The finish has the tingle of a higher ABV beer, but at 5.3% this is only bitterness. Definitely has a milk chocolate kind of flavor that makes this one fairly nice.

Cheers!