Friday, February 18, 2011

Flying Dog Coffee Stout

It was a fine coincidence. The evening I finished my review of Flying Dog Raging Bitch, I found another package on the front porch. This time our friends at Flying Dog had sent a bottle of their Coffee Stout. Part of the brewery's Wild Dog series, the beer was first brewed in the beginning of 2010 and is now available for a limited time in 12 ounce bottles in the mid-Atlantic region. Colleen and I split the bottle one evening after dinner.

This beer is pitch black in appearance and pours with a thick, mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. The aroma is fairly mild, mostly dark coffee with some vanilla notes. The flavor is full on coffee with just a touch of sweetness. The beer is medium bodied and lightly carbonated, with a lingering finish of mildly bitter espresso. The beer is less bitter than some coffee stouts I've tried. I enjoyed it very much, but I found my half-glass was emptied much too quickly.

As noted above, the bottle of Flying Dog Coffee Stout was brewery-supplied sample for me to review as I saw fit. I'm happy to offer my impressions of any beers that any breweries care to send my way. However, there's just one note I feel I must make. Please keep in mind that there are two of us here!

Disclaimer: This bottle of Coffee Stout was an unsolicited gift from the brewery. This review written of my own free will.

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