Purchased this last year at this time. Probably drinking past prime as I am sure the coffee is a mere shadow of former glory.
An inch of deep mocha, almost brown, foam creates an inviting appearance. Opaque. Frothing as it recedes, having great retention. Lacing is there as well.
Aroma of roast, coffee/espresso, chocolate and sweet creaminess. Hints of vanilla dance to the tune as well.
Taste is fantastic. Roasted malts mingle with roasted coffee. Chocolate is joined by cream and vanilla in the finish. Bitterness playfully lingers from the usage of dark malts an possibly how the coffee was used. Pleasant, balanced.
Big body with a great creaminess on the lips with each sip. Light-medium carbonation as it doesn't need much. Leaves residual sticky sweetness on the lips but is not cloying, surprisingly dry. Hidden alcohol.
I am impressed with this beer. More than expected. Pleasant surprise. Complex but gentle. Would have this over and over again. Enjoy!
Traditional Caffè Americano is made by adding water to espresso. We break all the rules with this Double Stout. We refuse to add water to our beer after fermentation, but have no issues adding beer to our espresso. This deep, dark stout exhibits rich espresso and coffee notes, which are contributed by the generous use of roasted barley and locally roasted espresso. That simply is not enough for us. We also add roasted, raw chocolate and a hint of vanilla to this big bodied stout. Dodge the red eye and take a shot of the dark.
"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza." - Dave Barry