Blind Tasting Comments...
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|Athens Steam Company Pub
was kind enough to host our evaluation of these beers.
Steam Company offers a nice beer selection and an
impressive pub menu. It is located in the complex of the
beautiful Athens Foundry Park Inn and Spa at 295 E. Dougherty Street in
Deep Shaft Stout
Foreign Extra Stout
Wessex Craft Brewers Ltd., Gloucestershire, England, UK
Aroma: Rich, coffee, licorice,
smoke, molasses, dark candy, malt -- very complex.
Appearance: Dark, viscous, with a
thick lace of foam on glass, great head retention.
Flavor: Coffee, roast, smoke, spice,
apple hints. Roast barley flavor is sharp. Hops are a nice
bitter balance. Alcohol is perceptible. This is a full-bodied,
rich Stout with loads of character.
Beamish Irish Stout
Dry Stout (pub draft can)
Beamish Brewery, Cork,
SECOND PLACE (tie)
Aroma: Coffee hints, tart hints, grain,
Appearance: Creamy, lacy head, very dark
Flavor: Creamy mouthfeel, smoky hints, low
carbonation, dry, good for style, roast notes, light coffee aftertaste.
This is complex for a Dry Stout -- well made.
Sierra Nevada Stout
American Style Dry Stout
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Company, Chico, CA, USA
SECOND PLACE (tie)
Aroma: NW hop aroma, citrusy, floral,
Appearance: Deep black with ruby
Flavor: Medium mouthfeel, dry from hops.
Hops mask the roast character somewhat. Hops are present in
bitterness, flavor, and aroma. High carbonation for style?
Creamy, tongue-coating body. This is a delicious, complex,
Young's Oatmeal Stout
Oatmeal Stout (pub draft can)
Ram Brewery, Wandsworth,
Aroma: Malt, roast, bread, grain.
Complex with mild fruity esters.
Appearance: Great head retention and
carbonation level, dark color with garnet hints. Smooth, creamy
Flavor: Silky mouthfeel with a
light-bodied flavor of mineral-rich water and grains. Subtle
flavors of oats and roasted barley. This beer has a chewy texture
with a chalky water
character. Low in alcohol with pleasant oat character -- very
A bit more dark roasted barley character would be nice.
is a complex, beautiful ale.
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery,
Tadcaster, N. Yorks, England, UK
Aroma: Caramel apple-like. Notes of
bread, cereal. Light aromas.
Appearance: Very black, rich, beautiful.
Flavor: Rich, malt sweetness. A bit
overcarbonated? Caramel is strong and coffee/malt/tart/sharp/hop
balance is appealing. Complex flavors of dark grains. This
beer is a bit on the sweet side. Oily, rich mouthfeel is nice --
a very flavorful beer.
Dry Stout (pub draft can)
Guinness Ireland Group, St.
James Gate Brewery, Dublin, Ireland, UK
Aroma: Fruity, tart, caramel, light aroma.
Appearance: Black and dark with a creamy,
attractive, light tan head.
Flavor: Coffee and fruit. Light
mouthfeel with slight roasted coffee notes and hints of toffee. This is
a low alcohol, good session beer. Pleasant with a hint of
Orkney Brewery, Sandwick,
Orkney, Scotland, UK
Aroma: Bready, hints of coffee grounds and
raisins. Green apple hints.
Appearance: Dark with garnet hints.
Dark coffee color with a creamy head.
Flavor: Very dry. Slight celery
hints. Bitter coffee. A bit overcarbonated for style.
This beer has a light/medium mouthfeel that is very pleasant.
O'Hara's Celtic Stout
Carlow Brewing Company,
Carlow, Ireland, UK
Aroma: Fruity, winey, light aromas.
Appearance: Black with gorgeous ruby
hints. Moderate creamy head.
Flavor: Creamy, pleasant, soft.
There is a nice dry aftertaste with slight roasted grain notes.
esters are notable. Could have more rich, dark malt character.
Swale Brewery Company,
Sittingbourne, Kent, England, UK
Aroma: Fruity, salty, licorice, hints of
soy. Aroma is very light.
Appearance: Light carbonation with low
head retention. Pretty, dark color.
Flavor: Low carbonation, licorice, spice
flavors. Fruity with low roasted barley character. Hints of
sour/tartness. This is an interesting beer that seems richer in
body than most Dry Stouts. Nice complexity.
Only The Best Brewing
Company, Divide, CO, USA
Aroma: Nutty, caramel, fruit.
Appearance: Dark red -- not black.
Too light in color for style.
Flavor: This is NOT a Dry Stout.
This is more like a fruity red ale. Could also be a Brown
Ale -- slight grainy flavors with a malty character. Needs much
more roasted barley color and flavor.
Wye Valley Brewery,
Hereford, England, UK
Aroma: Light, fruity aroma with hints of
molasses and syrup. Roasted grain character is slight.
Appearance: Dark with red highlights.
Very little head retention.
Flavor: Roasted bananas, dry, coffee
hints, very bitter, slightly astringent. This could be an older
There are slight notes of cherries. Sharp character from
Hitachino Nest Sweet
Sweet Stout (with lactose)
Kiuchi Brewery, Japan
Aroma: Sweet/sour character.
Cherries and vinegar with no Stout character. Fruity.
Appearance: Dark tan foam, dark color with
nice red highlights.
Flavor: Tart, vinegar-like, sour.
Something is wrong here -- there is no Stout/roasty character
left. This has a sour, coating character that is not to style.
This bottle tastes
infected. We will try this brand again in the future.