Las Vegas day #4. Guest beer review #4. Today Dave joins LIBA. He’s a first time guest reviewer here, but no stranger to craft beer! He is the author of two crime novels “When One Man Dies” and “The Evil That Men Do”. An anthology of his stories “More Sinned Against” has just been released for the Kindle and can be found on Amazon.com. You can get in contact with Dave via Twitter. He is always willing to try a new beer, and is still on the lookout for a Pale Ale that matches the flavor of Sierra Nevada’s. Any suggestions?
I’m a seasonal beer drinker.
No, I don’t mean I only drink seasonal style beers. The type of beer I drink largely depends on what season of the year it is. In the summer, I drink mostly pilsners and lagers. In the spring and fall I drink ales—pale or IPA. But in the winter, I’m a stout guy. I love the heavy malt taste, and the dark color the liquid. And when a stout is really smooth and not too carbonated, I’m in all the way.
My latest find is Sierra Nevada’s Stout. I’ve tried just about all of their other beers, but for some reason the Stout has eluded my grasp. That changed on a beer run a few weeks ago. I found it on the shelf, and couldn’t resist.
The beer pours really dark, almost black, with a deep tan head. The head is thin and dissipates pretty quickly. On first smell, I found a very malty aroma, with a hint of chocolate. As a fan of Rogue’s Double Chocolate Stout, I was happy to get that cocoa hint. Definitely looking forward to sipping this one.
Since my glass was frosted, I let the beer warm a bit and the glass with it. Once it was ready, I took a sip. The first flavor to hit my tongue was an a very dark, bitter malt, the perfect flavor for a stout. As the beer traveled to the back of my tongue, I got the sweetness I was looking for. There was a hint of chocolate as well, according to my palate.
What surprised me most about this beer was the carbonation. Much more carbonated than a lot of the stouts I’ve been drinking lately. There isn’t too much of a boozy burn, but the bubbles surprised me on each sip. It reminds me a lot of the Guinness 250th Anniversary brew that was released a few years ago.
Overall this is a very drinkable beer. I could have two or three of these at a time, and just start to get a buzz. Very different consistency from the alcoholic Imperial Stouts that are mostly available this time of year. But that is definitely not a bad thing.