Sunday, August 12, 2018

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

This stout is from the Samuel Smith Old Brewery Tadcaster in Yorkshire, England. It is fermented in old open stone squares.

The beer pours black with a half-inch head of light tan foam. The aroma is dark roasted and tangy, with a smokey char and a fruity bite. The taste is a balanced, delicious, harmonious blend of dark roasted char, chocolate, and tangy fruit. There is sweetness in the taste, with the finish being semi-dry and tangy, with a mild to moderate bitterness. The beer drinks easy, but with enough body for its flavors, and finishes with a biting, but not overpowering, carbonation.

Left Hand Death Before Disco Porter

The Left Hand Brewing Company is in Longmont, Colorado by the St.Vrain River. This is a 6.0% ABV porter now available in cans.

The beer pours black, with a short head of tan foam. The aroma is dark roasted malt, char, dark chocolate, light coffee, and dark fruits. The taste follows the aromas, lots of nice dark roasted malt notes, all mingling with the pleasant char. The finish is dry and lightly to moderately bitter. The beer drinks very smooth, almost airy, but with enough body to hold up all of its flavors. This is a winner.