Just like you, but different
A deep dark black colour with a coffee like head
I have a 1 litre bottle from the FYO taps, of a beer that is 7% ABV, 210 calories a serve size, and this would be 5.52 standard drink units.
The nose is full of chocolate mousse and Tiramisu.
On the palette are rich dark chocolate, roasted coffee notes with a tart Pinot Oak finish.
At 7% this is a beer to sit back relax and enjoy.
So what could possibly go wrong?
Pop the top and …. that’s quite a deep aroma, lots of roasted malts of chocolate hints and possibly steeped raisins.
Black as ink, it pours with a lovely fluffy and full head of brown stuff that sits there like foam on a milkshake, proper impressive. The chocolate is like a a fine milk chocolate, and there is an addition of something that might be described as spicy.
It’s much the same that strange but enjoyable sweet\sharp front and a lovely harsh but not strange or dry finish.
Man could get used to that.
The lovely fulsome head is nothing but a memory after a couple of sips, it’s become the lacing on the glass.
The persistence of the bitterness levels in this might be a problem to some, but that might be the worst that this throws at you. The sweetness seems to have gathered some vanilla about it and this begins to balance out some of that bitter. Just makes you want to have another sip really.
So a beer that is finely balanced between the sweet and bitter.
To the barrel aged bit though, I’m sure this is where my non-expert knowledge kicks in, but I might have though a woodier roughness to be present, perhaps it was a decent pinot nor and all you get is the hint of the alcohol astringent and none of the tannin. I’m no expert.
I’m pretty sure that I’m enjoying it though. This, though, is where I slip into being confused between Stout and Porters. Well it’s easily done.
Porters are well hopped and heavily malted… Stouts were traditionally the generic term for the strongest or stoutest porters,
Perhaps the difference being the alcohol level. I’ve had thinner porters, I’ve had thicker stouts. I don’t think it off putting, what I have is a dark roasted beer with some lovely flavours and highlights. I think I did ok.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. It’s quite lovely, and surprises you from the first bit of the bitter and sweetness, catches you with the initial dryness of finish, and draws you in with the developing bitterness.
The double dip review
Music for this, well after I listened to ‘The National’ and their album ‘High Violet’ I was then taken with ‘The New Pornographers‘ a Canadian indie rock band formed in 1999 in Vancouver. They have an album ‘Brill Bruisers’ as usual you can, if you want, find it on The Spotify and probably the everywhere you listen to.
I’m half and half on the music, I really do like ‘The National’ and the pathos of the lyrics and timbre, I’m not sure I really engage with the popiness of TNP. Buy hey it’s not a music clique blog right?
Many stouts do not fit the classic “Irish” definition as exemplified by Guinness, either due to their hop or roast rates, or higher gravity (in the case of many American stouts). They are still basic stouts, however, not falling into any of the subclasses.