Bare Knuckle Stout - Anheuser-Busch
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3.68/5 rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4
Like all the other macros at this bar, this one was served way too cold, and in one of those very thick, heavy 10oz frozen mugs that is supposed to trick you into thinking you are getting a 12 or 16oz serving.
The whole nitro bit was somewhat overdone. The whole glass was a light tan frothing cascade when it was plopped down in front of me. After waiting for the show to end, I could see that it was an opaque black beer with a thin, tan head.
Once it warmed up, the aroma came though as dark malts, but with a sharp edge. I think there is some green apple there too, but that could be from knowing it is an A-B product. Perhaps I would not have picked that up in a blind tasting. I do wonder if they use the same lager yeast for this one that they use for their other products. Wouldn't suprise me, since this stout is lacking any real fruity ale character.
Although the mouthfeel is thin for a stout, the flavor is pretty good. Tobacco, maybe a little sharp charcoal. Almost like it needs some age to let the rough edges of the dark malt mellow out.
Overall very drinkable, but more of a brown ale than a stout, really. They won't convert any craft beer drinkers with this, but might convince a few of the BMC crowd to try something "safe" and dark and send them down the path to beer enlightenment.
Serving type: nitro-tap
08-25-2005 18:43:53 | More by bubrewer
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