Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB - Stoudts Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by 8/14/12, though the numbers are a little smeared.
Appearance: Free pour yields a one and half inch fluffy offwhite head that dissipates slowly. Pours a hazy copper and leaves a few splashes of lacing.
Smell: Fresh pastry and marzipan. Bready malt underneath. A clear, almost-fruity cola note comes out with time, sort of "cutting the richness" of the aroma. Cake-like malt forward aromas stay pretty strong over time though, and really brings out the different malt flavors in the beer. Some nice caramel notes pop up as well.
Taste: A little watery up front, then all the malt depth of the aroma comes out in the flavor. Various pale malt and caramel malt flavors come through, tasting like country bread, gooey pastries, whole grains, with Willamette hops lurking around here and there. Finishes very clean, feel-wise, but has a lingering white bread aftertaste.
Lots of great flavor and balance here. There's a decent bitter bite in the middle that doesn't so much restrain the malt flavors (which aren't overly sweet to begin with) as it adds a nice crispness to the feel; just works well with the carbonation to excite the palate. The malty flavors develop with time, and I notice different things with every sip.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Somehow both watery and creamy. High side of moderate carbonation. Clean finish.
Overall: Stoudts does beers like this (lower alcohol than most craft beer, lots of flavor, emphasis on balance) so well. It's rare to find malt flavor this robust in American beers that aren't stouts/porters or high ABV. This beer is right up my alley.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2012 05:55:45 | More by Pahn
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