It’s no secret among beer fans that Colorado has become some sort of a mecca for great beers. They have great water, a population with a relaxed but adventurous mindset, and too many craft breweries to even name. While they aren’t local for an Albanian like myself, I have an affinity for Colorado beer as I’ve had great experiences with the state and many of their breweries. Today’s beer is another wintery choice, the Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery.
Aroma: Great nose of coffee and hops, balanced by a great chocolate scent that lingers when inhaled deeply.
Appearance: Nice foamy head, pours thick and dark brown/black.
Flavor: A nice toasty, bitter flavor and then bitter sweet chocolate finish, with a hint of lingering hops. Smokey/chocolate flavor as an aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth and rich up front, with nice carbonation that fills the mouth right before the swallow.
Overall: The aromas really set up this beer to deliver a lot, but I felt that while it was decent, I wanted a more pronounced chocolate flavor. It has a nice mouthfeel and if you like subtlety, you will like this beer. It’s not bad by any means and it’s a good American Stout, but not a session beer for me.
It’s winter time here in Albany and since it gets mighty cold around here, I’m focusing on winter beers. Winter beers are usually more full bodied, with some spice or sweetness in their character. Stouts and porters make for great beers to sip by the fire or with dessert after a heart meal of soup or stew. These styles are great nightcaps for the winter. Tonight’s beer comes from Portland, Maine, another semi-local brew from the Shipyard Brewing Company.
Aroma: Great nose of chocolate and coffee, well balanced between both.
Appearance: Poured thick with a very small head. Dark brown/black.
Flavor: Nice coffee bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, coats the mouth well, almost a residual coffee graininess after you swallow (but this isn’t a bad thing, it’s like eating chocolate). Less creamy than other stouts (again, not a bad thing).
Overall: A really nice stout, good flavor and aroma. I love the mouthfeel, it makes you realize you are drinking something with substantial character and ingredients. Very different from a Guinness, although they are both technically the same style. A good winter beer, would pair very nicely with a chocolate cake or cookies.