- Brewery: Jeremy Fass
- ABV: 6.3%
- Style: Stout/Porter
- Serving: Growler
- Bottled Roger Rating: 88%
Begin At the Beginning (Aroma)
It smelled of toast, chocolate and coffee. Definitely coffee. A freshly brewed cup, in fact, the smell that gets you out of bed in the morning. And a little soy sauce.
And Go On (Appearance)
It was black and opaque as it should be. It was muddy in direct sunlight, clarity in the body would have made it completely beautiful. The head was the color of chocolate milk and whipped cream. It remained throughout the beer. Outstanding.
Till You Come to the End (Taste)
First thought after tasting: mocha frappuccino. Coffee and chocolate dominant this beer. Well, let’s say instead they are the most prevalent flavors. Fans of Black Bridge’s Legend of Tom and Stresstout will find comparable tastes in #50. The coffee beans were exposed to a whiskey barrel, however I did not notice any whiskey flavor in the beer itself. Maybe that added to the sweetness of the beer, though. Very dry finish, which felt perfect for the sweet, medium body beer. Seemed more like a porter than a stout because of that lighter body and not a lot of roast flavor.
Then Stop (Conclusions)
A thoroughly wonderful beer. The chocolate and the coffee were distinct players in the nose and the flavor, they did not blur together but neither did they fight for dominance. A little toasty malt flavor also came through, hops only evident in the dry finish, in my opinion. The alcohol is just high enough to feel it after a couple of glasses but it also does not overpower any other flavors. The balance achieved with this beer is superb. If you get a chance to twist Mr Fass’s arm and get some more of this beer, do so. There will be no disappointment!