Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! I took last weekend off from posting, but I have a good reason for it; I brewed my first batch of beer. Before you start complaining, I did this with a whole grain mash not that liquid malt extract nonsense. Needless to say, it took about 5 hours to brew 1 gallon, and it will take 2 weeks to ferment and another 2 weeks to carbonate. Not exactly beer overnight, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to try. On a slightly related note, I picked up the Snowpack winter variety pack that was on sale at Club Pub from Sierra Nevada. They’ve begun to distribute more variety packs with beer that isn’t regularly seen in my neck of the woods, so I jumped on the deal!
This pack contained Coffee Stout, Maple Scotch, Single Hop (Chinook), and the ever present Pale Ale. The Maple Scotch is fantastic by the way, and this Coffee Stout is very different. Without further ado, here goes the brew review!
Appearance: The coffee stout pours smoothly with a burnt chestnut color. There is a surprising amount of carbonation for a 6.2% brew.
Smell: Since this is brewed with cold brew coffee (hipsters rejoice), there is a decided lack of coffee to it. I’m getting toasted malts and chocolate. I love the smell of stouts, and this one has my taste buds watering!
Taste: The label description is dead-on with heavy toasted malts, coffee flavor, and a unique treat; baker’s cocoa. Bakers cocoa gives it a chocolatey taste, a dry bitterness to counteract the malt backbone. This allows a nice contrast without hop flavors to interfere with the profile. Coffee Stout is onto something with this!
Mouthfeel: This has a light spritz of carbonation and starts off watery but throughout the sip it changes to dry with a bitter tang, just like if you were to have raw baker’s cocoa powder.
Value: 3 of 4 different kinds of beer for $13 is a great deal, especially from a top notch brewery like Sierra Nevada.
Overall: I’d give this a solid 7/10. You could have a few of these, and they aren’t strong enough to chase off your friends who aren’t super into Stouts. Between the different flavor profile and mouthfeel, it is a new twist on an old favorite. Grab one before this season is out!
For anyone that is a fishing fanatic, here’s a quick and dirty report from this week’s bass tournament on a private quarry (yeah, hate on it). We had interesting conditions with a full moon and a front due to push through in two days. After a half-day of fishing, we broke two studs off and got a limit at 11 – 12 which was good enough for fifth. We got ours flipping reeds with watermelon red speed worms as did most of the field.
Until next time, tight lines and cheers!