Beer Review: #50 Whiskey Coffee Stout

  • Brewery:  Jeremy Fass
  • ABV:  6.3%
  • Style:  Stout/Porter
  • Serving:  Growler
  • Bottled Roger Rating:  88%

#50

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!

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Beer Review: Breakfast Stout

The guest for this beer review session is an oatmeal stout that features bitter chocolate and two types of coffee. The brewer is Founders Brewing and they have named this great stout experiment Breakfast Stout
Some Vitals

  • ABV 8.3%
  • IBU 60
  • Available October thru December

Quick Takeaways 

  • Lots of coffe aroma and flavor
  • A moderately thick, oily body
  • A stout that is more than a stout yet still a stout

Freshly brewed coffe is the prominent aroma redolent of a quiet, early morning that does not lead to labor whoring (i.e., work, employment, the job). After it sits and airs, the smell of chocolate arises. No hops evident.

It has a mild, tan and persistent head, a parchment tinged creamy tundra on an appropriately black body. That body is warm and full, filled out by the oatmeal.

Coffee is prominent in the taste, too. There is a harsh and bitter outline to this beer. It’s interesting. The familiar roasted profile of stout hits the palate initially then the bitter chocolate and the black coffee conflate powerfully and turn this into something other than stout. while still being stout. It’s not unpleasant in any way; it is ambiguous. No hops evident. 

This is a good beer. I feel it’s a good example of an oatmeal and a cream stout, with a creative addition of chocolate and coffee. Enjoyable, I definitely want another. So, it’s good I have a second bottle. I think it shall face off against Founders Porter.