So I’m finally making it around to drinking the beer my mom bought for me in North Carolina. I’m pretty pumped. I started with the Cottonwood Almond Stout, as it was the one that most excited me. I do have to say that I’m prying myself away from a game of Infamous on the PS3…I bought it last Friday and have been addicted to it ever since. Highly recommended.
Anyway, back to the brew. Cottonwood is made by the Carolina beer company out of Mooresville, NC. They can be found on the web at carolinabeer.com.
The stout started with a good amount of fluffy head. I didn’t get a chance to see how long it lasted though, as my dog Brady decided to lick all the foam off while i had my back turned!
The flavors are vanilla followed by almond. Sweet through and through. Don’t let the overpowering almond aroma confuse you…the flavor is much less almondy. And another tip: don’t let this one warm up too much. Most of the time I enjoy how the flavor changes as a beer warms, but not in this case. Methinks this one was meant to be drank cold.
The beer is actually pretty refreshing, which is surprising given that it is a stout. It’s not very thick, and it goes down easy. And while sweet, it isn’t that “stomp you in the nutbag” kinda sweet. 6% ABV also contributes to the drinkability.
All around, I’m very pleased with my first beer from North Carolina. I’ve got an assload more to drink, so hopefully this just a taste of what is to come!