Re-posted from my blog: Malted Musings.
Yes, you read that headline right; Narragansett is actively in the process of adding more and more beers to their line-up (which I'll report on in a different blog soon). I went over to Eli Cannon's Tap Room the other night and tried two of their new-ish brews: Private Stock Imperial Russian Stout and Coffee Milk Stout.
|Narragansett Russian Imperial Stout. Courtesy: Me.|
First up is the Russian Stout. This beer pours out a dark opaque, chestnut brown. This beer smells slightly sour of rich malting. At first taste this is a dense, thick beer that has medium-to-heavy malting. This grows to a malty, slightly bitter dark coffee tone. From here the taste explodes into a bitter mid-taste that swells to a super hoppy tone. Heavy dark chocolate notes kick in, slicing through the hops mingling with the overall texture until I'm left with a very bitter dark chocolate mixing with sharp, hoppy bitters. This beer has a big, bitter mouth taste that's filled with dark chocolate and sits medium to large on the palate. This stout has some nice dark chocolate tones and is stronger in terms of hopping than other stouts. While not as finely balanced as some stouts I've had, this is still sweet and bright. Over all an interesting beer that's not quite as heavy tasting, but still offers a lot of bang for your buck.
|Narragansett Coffee Milk Stout. A different picture, I swear!|
This beer pours out a super dark, caramel and mahogany color (much like the Imperial stout, as can be seen). This beer smells very sweet and malty, with a tinge of coffee. At first taste I get a nose full of that sweet malting that moves quickly from a medium-sweet coffee taste to an easy-bodied coffee flavor. This coffee flavor fades out with a very,very mild hoppiness that ushers out that smooth, sweet, mocha tone. This is a well-rounded beer that is smooth in every sense of the word! Easy drinking, rich, and well balanced, this is one of the more drinkable stouts that I've had in recent memory. One of the few (if only?) beers I'd recommend for summer drinking, this beer has refreshing, smooth, coffee and caramelly tones in spades!
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