Stout - Hop Valley Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On nitro at the Bier Stein, served in a Samuel Smith's Imperial Pint, Black Irish is an almost black brown with a small tan head that leaves decent lace.
Smell is very chocolaty, some table sugar and ethanol. This is where the ABV is the most noticeable.
Taste is also a chocolate blast, more dark then bakers, almost Hershey's syrup like, although the malt sweetness is tempered by firm bitterness. I just had a Double Mountain dry Irish stout before this, and while it was a very good example of that style, this beer reminds me while I don't generally care for those - this is a real stout! A bit of mint hops comes through nicely as well as a hint of coffee grounds, providing nice depth. From the first sip, I loved this beer, but was still a bit shocked. By then end, I was basically flabbergasted. Were it not for a bit of palate fatigue by the end of the pint, I'd have given it a 5.
Mouthfeel super creamy, the full body gives it a substanial feel without being too heavy in the belly.
Drinkability is great, wow. Loving this beer! This is why I love Oregon. A brewery I've barely even heard of, a simple sounding beer that is apparently low on the radar comes out and just blows me away. With only a modest, clean drying influence from the ABV (side from the after effects), the awesome taste can really get one into trouble.
Serving type: on-tap
01-20-2010 03:08:49 | More by ccrida
Stout from Hop Valley Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.