Welcome to Saturday out of Brinson household, where Small Batch Brewery and a bunch of Mrs. Brinson’s friends come into play.
The Hot Pepper Peach Hefe keg blew, the U.S. gentlemen were up 4-0 and yours truly needed some caffeine.
Worst case is its a thick porter right?
Well, yes, in the sense of that’s the worst case. And no in the sense of that’s what happened. Instead this is a … refreshing stout? I’m curious too because it doesn’t happen often.
There’s so much roasted beans here — it’s the reason coffee lovers fawn over something like Burial’s Skillet Donut — and the chocolate flavors are clean too.
Sacrificing a high ABV is almost definitely the downside of getting a crisp stout; so often this beer is thick, heavy and a major detriment in July.
Not that it isn’t thick. It’s quite thick. Thicker than Guiness thick. I ordered a water halfway through thick.
At the risk of pandering to the name, it really does percolate. Which, if you think about it, is precisely what you want in a beer. It needs to stay in front of you, making aggressive moves and ensuring you know where it is.!You want to be thinking about the complexities of a beer when you’re drinking it. Otherwise it isn’t memorable.
This is a memorable beer, rich, deep, cocoa-flavored and ensured of victory (US up 5-0 as of this sip).
It’s also a pallete cleanser. The way to approach it at this stage of the calendar isn’t in 12 or 16-ounce form, but it’s a strong-tasting stout without the punch you might usually encounter in such a situation.