Picked this one up on a recent trip to Redstone Liquors. Kamal suggested it and as long as it’s not something too far out there I usually take him up on his recommendations. Wanted to try something a little different tonight, so figured I’d give it a try. It’s billed as a “stout brewed with real cocoa and vanilla beans.”
Pours a dark brown with a light head. Very little light gets through this stuff. It gives off a sweet smell with hints of vanilla and toffee. It’s a really interesting smelling beer. I let about a third of it warm to room temperature and I swear I smell gingerbread in there now.
The first sip is what you’d expect. Very full flavors with vanilla and dark chocolate coming through. I actually tasted burned marshmallow on one of my tastes (maybe a bitter chocolate?). It finishes really smooth with no alcohol or off flavors. Sometimes I get an unpleasant finish from big stouts, but nothing like that from this one. I really enjoyed this beer.
Vital stats: Served at 45F from an 11.5oz bottle. 6.5% ABV. Unfiltered.