Tasting: July 25, 2011
Another Bell’s offering from the variety case I bought a couple of weeks ago. This time a stout. With the succession of releases like KBS, Parabola and Stone Imperial, a stout can easily be overlooked or even outclassed. That’s the nature of the beer world. There are so many choices on store shelves these days, it’s easy to find a very good example in each particular category. Don’t be like a fool like me and buy beer just for the sake of trying it. You have to kiss a lot of frogs so to say.
I’m a little concerned that this one is only 6% ABV, but I like a number of UK stouts (ala Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal), that have comparable ABV numbers (5%). Label also says this one is made with brewer’s licorice which I get subtly on the nose. I also get some wood chips under some roasted coffee and anise. The flavor is a little disappointing — also a little fizzy and thin, really doesn’t stack up against other stouts. I’m disappointed that I still have another 4 left in my fridge…73 points. On a positive note — I bought two bottles of Firestone Walker Parabola today.