Tonight my college buddy Steve is trying his hand out at reviewing craft beer. I’ve known Steve for 15 years and he is one of the best friends I’ve ever had. I’m super stoked to see that he is now into craft beer and wants to chip in here at LIBA. With any luck, this won’t be the last we hear from him. Take it away Steve….
Tonight is my first foray into beer review. I would like to begin by thanking a few people for getting me into drinking craft beer. Lost had a lot to do with it by just reading his blog. I mean what could he do that I can’t (besides being completely irresistible )? I can turn a phrase, I can drink beer like a champ. I also would like to thank The Beer Store (Nashua, NH) and Burt’s Better Beers (Hooksett, NH) for having an endless supply of beers that gives me a straight pants tent when I walk into their stores. I always figured that my first review would be of Coors light, a true beer for the beer drinker. I mean, it tells you when it’s ready to have you drink it, how does it get better than that? I digress, my first beer is actually quite complicated and being a novice, I did a little research before writing this and while drinking the beer.
I realized I truly enjoyed oatmeal stout when I first tried Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout (which is absolutely delicious). Actually, I wasn’t sure if I enjoyed oatmeal stout or just that particular beer, so I had to give a different one a chance. So here I am drinking this Belfast Bay McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout.
It pours very dark which is a little scary for me, see above mention of drinking Coors light. It has very small head, but it is a pretty head, and some head is better than no head. I must add it states that it won a silver medal at the world beer championship. At first smell I pick up caramel. Once I looked the beer up online it said that I should pick up caramel. Phew, I didn’t screw that up and neither did they.
It is very malty, which I’ve decided I sometimes enjoy when done correctly. This beer has definitely done it correctly. What I enjoy is that there is no lying in the description of the beer. Everything it says it is, it is. I taste the chocolate and caramel that they advertise. The beer leaves a nice lace on the glass, although not as nice as the Samuel Smith’s.
If you enjoy stout or more specifically oatmeal stout, I would recommend you try this beer. It is brewed in Portland, ME, which when it comes to beer I consider this fairly local. I am very big on giving local beers a try and a shout out if they are worthy, and this one is. Hopefully this is the beginning of a budding relationship between me and craft beer. I will definitely be back to do more guest reviews seeing as I have children and they can often drive you to drink. If that’s the case, why not drink something good. Thanks for the listen.