Ladies and gentlemen here today we have Broken dream a breakfast stout, brought to us by Siren craft brewery standing at 6.5%.
And its delicious.
Fine, I’ll say a bit more than that. The intially and later aroma is just of a normal stout. While the taste is very well balanced. There is a strong coffee taste with enough pleasant chocolate undertones mixed with the oatyness (is that a word). The tastes stays just long enough. While the texture is super smooth, a little thick and leaves you wanting more. Strange how there’s not much to write about yet its really leaving me with an impression. Really enjoyed this one and will be getting more in the future.
Been waiting for this since last year. Oho how I have been looking forward to this. Once again I have picked 31 random beers, some I reconnise the brewery but most of them are completely new to me. Will also admit to making sure I didnt get any bottles with the word Gueuze anywhere near it, had a real nasty experience with some gueuze beers last year, at least I think I did… oh my. Might be willing to retry another day another time though.
I do think that my sense of smell and taste will not be as good as they can be yet. I’ll need some time to really get back into the groove and be able to describe my thoughts on these, hopefully, delicious beers.
Without any more delay. Here we have the first bottle, a strong little beast of a stout standing at 9.1% called Storm king by Victory brewery.
First things first, not to quote Agent Smith but ‘It’s the smell!’ Straight away a really typical stout aroma followed by a pleasant coffee bean smell, not coffee, with something roasted came to mind, malt maybe.
The intially taste is much more bitter than I expected but I was sure that I would get used to that. Once the bitterness subsides your left with a warmth, did not expect that from this drink. It is also quite malty while drinking, with something quite exotic appearing when the glass leaves your lips. The texture is quite oily, really coating the mouth which lingers just enough. I also thought it would be heavier but was pleasantly surprised, its just nice.
Overall I think this beer is a bit more complex than I first gave it credit for. A very pleasant suprise. I cant see myself desperately hunting down another, was nice but nothing that made me crave another, and yet Im enjoying thinking about what else it has going on. An interesting first bottle then.
It is somewhat nice one would say
live post time. Tonight we Have The Mayan, a chocolate chipotle stout, from The Ilkley Brewery standing at 6.5%.
First reaction, I can smell the chocolate, i like. First taste, More bitter than I expected. The chilli is there, but just at the back of the throat during and just after drinking. But I do have a tolerance for spicy stuff so it may be different for others. Theres the slightest of smokey-ness, couldnt place my finger on it at first though I admit. Otherwise it has a nice head, low carbonation, quite smooth, not oily or clingy. Not as heavy as a guiness nor as light as a newcastle brown. I get no chocolate taste what so ever though, just a nice aroma. The more I drink, the more the bitterness fades and becomes a much nicer beer. Actually as I left it alone to type this, the aftertaste is very pleasant, a slight spice is left too.
Could not imagine drinking more than one of these in a night. But I would recommend this to people curious enough.
Now this Stout was delicious, standing at 4.8%, with just a hint of bitterness and full of flavour. Got it from Durham market after st patricks day when it was made for so doubt I’ll ever see it again.
This one I got after an interview in a garden centre… a garden centre lil deli had ales. Men of steel stood at 4.2% was drinkable but boring overall though. Much lighter than I thought it would be as well.
Also from that garden centre was Red dust, standing at 4.5% was much nicer but found no reason to go out of my way to get another one.
This is one of the best (nostaglic) bottle tops ever, was ace to open and the escaping pressure blew that welcoming stout aroma at me. This is Hercule stout, a belgian stout, by Ellezelloise standing at 9%.
Wouldn’t have said that it was THAT distinctive. It is certainly a nice nice stout with a chocolate, hoppy and malty aroma. Good chocolate, thats what the taste mainly reminds me of, while the level of bitterness to sweetness is very well balanced. With a slight dry finish.
Even though I’m not falling head over heels with it, I would never turn down another one.
So here it is, the first day of this potentially glorious month.
There’s no order to these beers, im just putting my hand into the box which they reside and pull.
Treetops Diamond Jubilee Stout from Windsor and Eton Brewery and stands at 4.8%.
First things first, no reading of blerb on the bottle yet, use that nose. Woah thats coffee! Not everyday crap coffee either, this is a real nice exotic smell. Do I also trace a bit of vanilla? (now looks at bottle) Why yes vanilla pods with African coffee, though missed the toasted yams. Taste wise the coffee remains powerful yet pleasant, the vanilla is quite mild even at the end and you immediately want another sip.
The smell is addictive, I like the way its gets more bitter over time drinking it, its not a heavy stout but i dont think i would want to drink another right after it.
A good start luckily. Though hopefully over time I’ll get better at describing beers and really trying to discover all a beer can offer