I do not like coffee. Never have and I can assume at this point that I never will. I should know better than to try coffee beers as I just cannot get beyond the coffee flavor but in my effort to try some beers from Hill Farmstead that I have not tried before I decided to grab a 750 of Earl their coffee oatmeal stout.
Appearance is a very nice dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma has a lot of coffee and some roasted malts and chocolate, pleasant as I actual like the smell of coffee just not the taste. Taste is where this one loses me as the coffee takes over. Not only do I get the coffee flavor but also the coffee bitterness. Finishes with a bit of chocolate which is nice.
If you like coffee give it a shot as everything about the beer; appearance, aroma, mouthfeel, etc was good just the most important part; taste didn’t work for me.
Pros: Cons: Coffee Alcohol Content:7.2% ABV Calories:??? IBU (Bitterness):?? Rating: Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead Brewers Description: Earl (1911-1985) was our grandfather’s brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, this Stout is crafted from American malted barley, Flaked Oats, English roasted malts, American hops, Organic Guatemalan Coffee, our ale yeast, and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. A silhouette of coffee and malt – an embodiment of complexity and drinkability, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Earl.
Pale, Caramel, and Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.
This is the fourth and final beer I brought home from Gneiss Brewing. You may have noticed a theme in the name of the brewery and their beers, geology. The brewer’s description below and their website have a lot more detail on the name of the brewery and the beers. I opened this one during the ice storm we had just prior to Christmas in Maine, seemed like a good time to drink stout.
Obsius is a weizen stout (wheat stout) which is a style not often brewed. This beer is black with a thin tan head that went away quickly. The aroma was fairly tame but had some nice roasted malt and wheat. Obsius is very tasty with plenty plenty of roasted chocolate, minimal coffee which is a plus for me and a creamy mouth feel.
Overall this is a nice change from the big imperial stouts that so many larger brewers choose to make. If you like dark beer but don’t want to be able to drink more than 12 ounces this is a good choice for you.
Pros: Creamy mouth feel Cons: Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 15 Rating: Brewers Website: Gneiss Brewing Brewers Description: Obsius is a weizenstout, a wheat dominated stout brewed with our weiss yeast. Obsius is a rich and creamy beer with lots of roast and finishing with the bittering from the dark malts, not the hops.
The name of this beer is derived from ancient mythology. According to the writings of Pliny the Elder, Obsuis was a Roman explorer who happened upon the stone we now know as Obsidian during his travels in Ethiopia. Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass. It is generally ejected from a volcanic explosion and cools so rapidly that no crystals form and the rock is smooth as glass. It is primarily silica oxide (70-75%) with magnesium and iron oxide contributions.
This is another limited release beer from Rising Tide. Calvera is their Ursa Minor stout aged on cherry puree in red wine barrels. I grabbed a couple bottles of this when it was released and have another sitting in my cellar for future consumption.
The appearance is all stout with a deep brown almost black color and thick tan head. Aroma has some wine, some cherry and some malt from the beer. Overall a nice beer that will make you want to drink it. Taste is quite complex with a nice mix of red wine, grape and all the character of a nice wheat stout. Towards the end you get a little cherry flavor, fresh not syrupy sweet.
Overall this is a nice beer but I am not big on cherry beers. If you enjoy cherries or even do not dislike cherries than you will enjoy Calvera.
Pros: Complex flavor Cons: It has cherries Alcohol Content: ??% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Rising Tide Brewers Description: Calvera was a wheat stout, refermented with cherry puree and aged for six months in red wine barrels.
Limited release of 360 375 ml. bottles with letter press labels printed by The Ascensius Press in South Freeport, Maine. Sold at the brewery only.
So many breweries are going for the big imperial stouts with 10%+ ABVs but sometimes you just need an easy drinking low ABV stout to drink after work. Black Claw from Blue Lobster is a great choice for those nights.
Color is dark brown with a two finger tan head with big lazy bubbles. Aroma has lots of roasted malts chocolate and coffee for the most part with a hint of hop. Taste is what I expect from a stout with the same chocolate/coffee to start and just a hint of earthy hops to balance things out. This is not a thick syrupy stout just a nice easy drinking after dinner drink.
Pros: Very tasty with low ABV for a stout Cons: Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page) Brewers Description: American stout
When Sixpoint started to distribute in Maine I quickly became one of their biggest fans but I also heard about this great Winter seasonal called Diesel. While visiting my local beer store yesterday I found a 4-pack on the floor that had not made it to the cooler yet and grabbed one.
The can is typical Sixpoint and a full 16-ounces (I believe the only 12 ounce can is Resin). Beer pours black with a nice tan head, very appealing. Aroma has plenty of pine and roasted coffee with some hints of chocolate. Sixpoint’s website describes this beer as “part black IPA , part American Stout” and that is a good description of the taste.
Plenty of hops here and the mouth feel is certainly closer to an IPA than a traditional stout but there are plenty of roasted coffee, chocolate flavors to balance out those hops. Finish has a light bitterness. A very easy drinking enjoyable dark beer, if you like the other options from Sixpoint I am sure you will like this beer too. Pros: Appearance, unique combination of styles Cons: Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 69 Rating: Brewers Website: Sixpoint Brewers Description: This undefinable black brew is part black IPA, part American Stout, but 100% Diesel powered. Robust chocolate and roasted flavors, with thick pine hop flavor and aroma.
It took me far too long to post my review of this beer. In fact I have waited so long the beer is no longer available for growlers or 750s at the brewery only tastings. Hopefully they bring it back soon as it is certainly worth trying.
Gales of November is a milk stout which is a style of beer that I have not had often so I don’t have a lot to compare this to. This one is super dark with minimal carbonation. There is a very thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Nose has plenty of cocoa and a hint of coffee. Taste follows the nose but the mouthfeel is excellent, very creamy and smooth. Very impressed with this stout from Blue Lobster and looking forward to more like it.
Pros: Mouthfeel, taste
Cons: Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (Facebook Page) Brewers Description: Luscious chocolate milk taste in this robust milk stout
Maine Beer Company makes some of the best hop filled beers out there and I enjoy them all. Their take on a stout is not as good as others but still a well brewed beer. Pours truly black with mid sized tan head – a great looking beer. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and just a hint of vanilla in the nose. Taste follows the smell and nothing really stands out about this stout. I was hoping for a bit more vanilla flavor. Overall feel of the beer is a bit thin for a stout and maybe a bit more carbonation that it really needed. My least favorite of the beer from MBC but still worth trying. Pros: Appearance Cons: Thin Alcohol Content: 6.5 ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website:Maine Beer Company Brewers Description: Stout aged on special vanilla beans – Bottle Description – I think it was the Summer of ’76, I was 5 years old and my uncle Tom came to paint our house. It was in the tiny town of Louisiana, Missouri, on the mighty Mississippi River, where he would take me to troll the roadside ditches to gather one man’s junk (beer cans). In honor of his magnificent treasure (his beer can collection) and his spirit for fast cars, tough motorcycles and mean smile, we brink you Mean Old Tom. Thank you for drinking our beer, David & Daniel Kleban.
I already reviewed this beer from a bomber and it is one of my favorite stouts. Had the chance to go to Gritty’s and enjoy it on-tap this week and as usual draft beer just tastes better. Pours an almost black and it was not served cold which made it even better. The large glass was gone very quickly and I was happy. This one would be a perfect St Paddy’s day treat with a low ABV so you can drink it all day long. Pros: Everything a stout should be Cons: Alcohol Content: 4.1% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 16 Rating: Brewers Website:Gritty’s Brewers Description: There’s beer and then there’s stout, and Gritty McDuff ‘s Black Fly Stout is the real deal. Black Fly is a dry, all-malt stout packed with roasted flavor. We use six different grains in the brewing of this dark masterpiece and balance the full palate with Oregon Willamette and Yakima Clusters hops. Like the legendary Irish stouts that inspired it, Black Fly Stout is rich, robust and a touch mysterious. The finest stout west of Galway Bay!
This is the second great stout in a week. Last week was Sebago Brewing’s Lake Trout Stout and this week is Gritty’s Black Fly Stout. 2 great stouts, each with a truly unique Maine name. Great black color with thick tan head and huge bubbles with solid retention. Just from the look of this one you know it is going to be good. Aroma is slightly sweet with some fruit in there and taste is exactly what a stout should be. Full bodied, smooth, well carbonated and just a great example of what a stout should be. Plenty of roasted smoke flavor to start and a slightly sweet chocolate finish. If you have a choice between Gritty’s Black Fly Stout and Sebago’s Lake Trout Stout, buy them both and enjoy!! Pros: Everything a stout should be Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.1% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 16 Rating: Brewers Website:Gritty’s Brewers Description: There’s beer and then there’s stout, and Gritty McDuff ‘s Black Fly Stout is the real deal. Black Fly is a dry, all-malt stout packed with roasted flavor. We use six different grains in the brewing of this dark masterpiece and balance the full palate with Oregon Willamette and Yakima Clusters hops. Like the legendary Irish stouts that inspired it, Black Fly Stout is rich, robust and a touch mysterious. The finest stout west of Galway Bay!
Was not sure what to expect from this one as it is labelled a Weizen Stout and I am not sure I have had a wheat stout before. Pours a very dark almost black with a minimal tan head which disappears almost immediately. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee and a bit of wheat. Taste is mild and slightly sweet with the malts coming in at the end. Surprisingly smooth for a 6.7 ABV stout and while it does seem a bit thin for a stout that does not take away from the enjoyment. This is my fourth beer from Rising Tide and now I only have Polaris to review. Not sure why I have waited so long to open my bottle of Polaris but it certainly will not be much longer. Pros: Appearance (I like black beer), smooth Cons: Feels slightly watered down. Alcohol Content: 6.7 ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website:Rising Tide Brewers Description: Dark as squid ink and moody as the sea, Ursa Minor is our take on a winter wheat beer. Starting with a German wheat-beer yeast and a base of malted wheat, we added a blend of dark crystal and roasted malts to create a wheat stout. Redolent of dark fruit, weizen yeast esters, and roasted barley, Ursa Minor is perfect for an icy winter’s eve.
Ursa Minor [ur-suh mahy-ner] (n)—constellation also known as the Little Bear, which contains the north star, Polaris
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