Monday, January 31, 2011

Old No. 38 Stout

Tasted Friday afternoon after harsh two days of studying and taking tests. Tried taking a nap, no luck, so I figured a stout would be nice.

Appearance: More fluid pour. Strong bubbly tan head that starts 3 fingers and dissipates down to two. Maintains some nice peak-age. Dark brown/black in color with visible carbonation on the side. Entire filmed lacing on the edges of the glass
Aroma: Coffee and roasted malt takes he fore smell immediately. Less of a sweetness and more of a basic grainy roasted/burnt smell.
Taste: Dark roasted malt and chocolate with a finishing Golding hop bitterness accompanied with some mild grain husk and burnt flavors. Deep into the beers subtle sweetness, one can pick out a mild blueberry like tartness. More prominently this resembles over baked cookies. Something tastes synthetic about this beer. Earthiness is another dominant feature to this beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with a semi-creamy texture, more watery than most stouts. No spike to the tongue but still a decent amount of carbonation.
Overall Impression: The synthetic flavor may be attributed to how long I've had this stout, about 2-3 months, but the coldness by the wall surely couldn't have much of an influence. I liked this stout a couple months ago for its dry roasted profile, but I guess it didn't develop too well in the bottle. Perhaps a re-try would be in order.


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