Tasting: March 14, 2017
Style: Barrel-Aged Stout
Beer # 1,043
It was 70 degrees a couple of weeks ago and today we were hammered with about 18 inches of snow. Such are the wild weather patterns of late winter here in northern New Jersey. Spring will eventually come and bring its pleasant warm days. For now, our temperatures and future forecast resemble Green Bay. Speaking of Wisconsin, this stout in front of me is from Central Waters Brewing located in Amherst, Wisconsin, just west of Green Bay. The Cassian, I assume, also refers to a Wisconsin town. Cassian, Wisconsin is a small town located about an hour north of Central Waters Brewing. According to the web, it looks to be filled with serene lakes. Certainly has me day dreaming of summer evenings at our local lake sipping on a beer watching the sunset. For now, we’re frozen like a Wisconsin winter.
Since the bottle of Cassian Sunset was labeled as a stout, I was expecting a stout. But I’ll have to say that this resembles more of a barley wine or a strong ale. Cola brown color. Brown sugar, caramel, vanilla and raisin flavors abound. Some earthy mossy and coconut undertone. Some of the advertised cinnamon pops, very little coffee. On the nit-picking negative side, a little thin and a tad boozy but not enough to complain. The finish is sweet, not a speck of bitterness. Really nice sipper for a snowy day in northern New Jersey. 94 points.