Stout - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1
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rAvg: 4.35
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Hop Valley Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ccrida on 01-20-2010

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Reviews: 1 | Hads: 2
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4.35/5  rDev n/a
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. (1,342 characters)

Stout from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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