(What is Brew 52? Go back and read about it here.)
Onto week two, this time with a stout. I have to start off by saying the Deschutes website is fcking magic! It offers suggestions of food pairings for the stout, recipes where in you can use the stout, and even a home brew recipe to make your very own stout. Has your mind been blown away yet? You can see it for yourself, here. I don’t know the first thing about home brewing, but now I WANT to! What a great approach for a beer website, and so far, the best I’ve seen.
“Deep, robust and richly rewarding…” “…distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt…”
The aroma of this beer is divine: chocolate. A lovely, dark, smooth chocolate scent. It had a slight bitterness (but completely tolerable) with some coffee notes, and left a nutty, burnt toast aftertaste. Medium bodied, and a nice foamy head. This is definitely a “sippin’ beer” (i.e. It’s strongly flavored, so small sips are best so that it can be savored. It’s not a chuggin’ beer for contests with friends.)
Some people have been asking me what is the point of the Brew Face. The Brew Face, if anything, is a piece of funny for everyone else. Because I’m not normally a beer drinker, and Brew 52 is my journey through better beer appreciation, I still have a hard time not making a weird face after every sip.
Brew Face can also be used as rating system to help other non-beer drinkers determine how they’ll feel (or look) after taking a sip of the featured beers.
Again, fantastic website, and the beer wasn’t that bad. Stouts are pretty… stout. Intense. Deschutes makes other varieties, which I’ll probably try. But next week, lookout for Brew 52′s review of Dale Bros California Black Beer