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Stout Tasting

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Cubatobaco, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    The following blind tasting was done on at the spur-of-the-moment. We (my buddy Lorenzo and I) decided, since we have been on a Stout kick as of late, we would put our palates to the test. Can we guess some of our favorites among the flight or will a newcomer emerge? Without further ado, let the tasting begin…

    Bottle #1: Guessed Green Flash Double Stout - Actually Bell’s Expedition Stout

    Appearance: opaque, black, , cinnamon head (little)
    Bouquet: dark chocolate, hints of coffee, anise, prune,
    Taste: hops, bitter (overpowering), malt, dark coffee, prune
    Mouth feel: chalky, foamy, good weight, lingering, spice,
    Overall: 82

    Bottle #2: Guessed Bell’s Expedition – Actually Sierra Nevada Narwhal

    Appearance: black, light head retention, low carbonation, lacing
    Bouquet: hops, malt, raisin, yeast, slightly muted due to complexity, dark fruit
    Taste: coffee, hops, malt, toffee, semi-sweet chocolate, nutty, sweet
    Mouth feel: spiciness, foamy, smooth, dry, refreshing, clean, lingering
    Overall: 88+

    Bottle #3: Guessed Terrapin W&B – Actually Green Flash Double Stout

    Appearance: dark, good head retention, watery, bubbly
    Bouquet: coffee, caramel, toffee, hops, malt
    Taste: coffee, caramel, malt, hops,
    Mouth feel: lightweight, oily, smooth, watery, crisp
    Overall: 87-

    Bottle #4: Guessed Founders BS- Actually Terrapin W&B

    Appearance: dark, good head retention, light carbonation, amber
    Bouquet: COFFEE! dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar,
    Taste: coffee, chocolate, caramel, malt, brown sugar
    Mouth feel: frothy, light, clean, lingering, creamy
    Overall: 93+

    Bottle #5: Guessed Sierra Nevada – Actually Founders BS

    Appearance: dark, opaque, light head, foamy, light head retention, bubbly
    Bouquet: coffee, caramel, sweetness, chocolate
    Taste: coffee, malt, kind of bland - inconclusive
    Mouth feel: thin,
    Overall: could not rate (palate shot!)

    No matter the scores, we had a blast tasting these great beers. I'll keep it to a minimum of 3 or 4 next time and not drink as much of them as not to kill my taste buds or palate. Have a great Sunday, gents!
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  2. cavedave

    cavedave Member

    Location:
    New York
    Don't feel badly, lotsa folks who think they could identify beers blind would have trouble actually pulling it off, myself included. Ask a BA named Arbitrator if this isn't true. It is quite instructive to do this every now and again. Really makes you pay attention to your palate, doesn't it?
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  3. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Absolutely, Dave!

    I have only been collecting beers for about a month (cigars for 15 years and wine for 3 years) and I am just being introduced to stuff I walked past for years while at the wine store. I have a history of writing cigar reviews and, as of 2010, a wine diary. This is a whole 'nother animal...and I enjoy the hell out of it! Thanks for commenting. I'm new here, but I hope that I can contribute when I can.
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  4. menso1981

    menso1981 Member

    This blind taste test should have included me. ;)
    Other then that keep up the good work.
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  5. SaisonFest

    SaisonFest Member

    Location:
    Washington
    it kills the palate for beer, but pairing those stouts with a cigar would have been phenom.
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  6. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    As I did today, brother!
  7. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    I did as well. I think this will be a new phenomenon within craft beer. Beer and Cigars are a GREAT pairing. Really enjoying even a relatively cheap cigar and stout/ipa/barleywine combo
  8. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    I'd like to host a local event where we pair cigars/beers. Nothing new as far as us doing wine/cigars around here, but this would be on another level considering the brews I know about now. :)
  9. MickJ0nes

    MickJ0nes Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    What cigar would pair best with a BB stout?
  10. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Just off the top of my head, I would go with a cigar that has very similar characteristics as the barrel it was aged. So, something that has tones of oak/vanilla, dark fruit qualities, and or something leathery or bean-like. The 3 off the top of my head are Montecristio (more vanilla bean, earth-like flavors), Cohiba (vanilla, some grassiness, creaminess), and Ramon Allones (a little bit of spiciness and dark fruit-like). And not to be a snob (which I am far from), but these are all the Cuban profiles.
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  11. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Good god, man! What three particular beers? And how is it drinking? Getting ready to crack a Weyerbacher Insanity myself in a bit.
  12. cavedave

    cavedave Member

    Location:
    New York
    Haha come to any of our beer tastings, some members of the group are both cigar and beer geeks, and we all enjoy a break for a good one.
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  13. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Member

    Location:
    California
    I agree, cigars can pound your palate for the next sip, but the craving is often there...
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