Happy New Year. Sorry I have not posted many beer reviews. I do not know how Lost keeps the pace or reviews up! Thankfully Lost still lets me contribute when I can. Tonight’s beer is Gerry Dog Stout from Big Elm Brewing which I am enjoying in my new CraftGeer pint glass. I had not heard of Big Elm Brewing until a fortuitous first visit to the Craft Beer Cellar in Newton MA.
The Gerry Dog Stout comes in an attractive white can detailed with purple and black. The stout pours a dark that no light passes through. On this pour I got a 1 finger thick coffee ice cream colored head. The head dissipates pretty quickly leaving only an off white ring where the beer touches the glass. On the nose I get mostly roasted maltiness with a hint of liquorish and dark fruit (plum). On the first sip I taste malt, toffee, and a little more dark fruit with a hint of chocolate that is balanced by subtle hops. I also get some dryness that leaves me wanting more. The beer is on the thinner side with a short finish and not overly complex but it is very drinkable. The Gerry Dog Stout clocks in at 6.5% abv and works great for a cold night like tonight in Massaschusetts.