January 31, 2007

Black Hawk Stout

Despite a couple of ďfriendsĒ trying to get me to sample a new beer, I decided to go with something that isnít for the dogs. This weeks choice was difficult in that I found 4 six packs that I thought would be either worth a try or I should take one for the team and review for all of you. This week I decided to be a little selfish and try one I thought I might enjoy, Black Hawk Stout by Mendocino Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs NY.

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It comes in a 12 oz brown bottle; on the label you have the picture of a black hawk along with the name of the beer on it. The neck label has a description of the beer along with the name of the brewing company. There really is nothing all that eye catching about the label. It does have a nice older look/design to it.

This beer pours a dark coffee color that light doesnít pass through. Itís not as dark as Guinness, but itís pretty close. There was a one-inch thick tan head that slowly turned into a ring around the glass. There is some lacing, but not a lot of it. The look of this beer is very enticing.

The smell is very appealing. It is a mixture of deep roasted chocolate malts, a touch of coffee, a dash of hops with a very mild and almost unnoticeable hint of cherry. The first whiff makes the taste buds stand up in anticipation. The taste is nothing less then spectacular. You can taste dry roasted malts with a coffee and chocolate blended accents. There is a good mix of hops that awaken the taste buds and makes this an exceptional beer.

It is a medium bodied beer with a nice dry finish. There is a slight creaminess to it. For Stout it was a little thin, itís not as thick as one would get from an Irish Stout. Still there is a nice texture to it.

I truly enjoyed this beer. Itís one of those that I can see myself craving or requesting if I go to a bar that stocks microbrews. Definitely worth a drink if you can find it. Iím going to rate this 7 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at January 31, 2007 08:49 PM | TrackBack

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Posted by: Raging Mom at February 2, 2007 01:23 PM

Sounds nummy!

Posted by: Richmond at February 4, 2007 03:22 PM