Giddyup Stout - Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
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3.45/5 rDev -7.5%
64 oz growler into a pint glass. This was filled @ the Merrifield location.
Pours a deep brown/near black, with some ruby highlights coming out along the bottom, and about 2-3 big frothy fingers of mocha colored head. Retains with the thin and relatively creamy look, leaving a light smattering of foamy lacing behind. The aroma is an even mix of coffee and smoky smelling roast that has a bit of a burnt astringent feel going on with it. Sweeter notes of chocolate and caramel sit underneath, adding a sticky layer to the nose. That smoky character really starts to come out as this warms up.
The taste is roasty and dark up front, with plenty of hops and bitter coffee being present. A sweet presence of bitter chocolate and caramel malts (towards the back) helps give this some balance. This finishes burnt and bitter feeling with a good bit of that astringency hanging around in the mouth for a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe even a bit lighter, with a sharper crispness to the carbonation. The more I work on this, the more it occurs to me that this is way too thin for a Stout that is trying to pack this much flavor into it.
A decent enough effort I guess from Sweetwater Tavern. While I appreciate the sub 5% ABV for sessioning reasons, this definitely could have used some more beef to really lend those dark flavors some richness. Worth a pint but I got bored with this growler pretty quickly.
01-13-2010 17:06:31 | More by Kegatron
Giddyup Stout from Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.