Monday, December 28, 2009

Lights Out, Cleveland - Great Lakes Blackout Stout

So, my addiction this December has been Great Lakes Brewery's Blackout Stout. The first time I ever remember drinking one was a while back at a Notre Dame tailgate - from the bottle. I realize now that this was an injustice. If you can't find this one on tap, it cannot be consumed any other way than pouring it into a glass, preferably a snifter. It's that exquisite and way underrated.

This is a pitch black nightmare, 9% stout from the outstanding Cleveland brewery. It has roasted cocoa and woody notes on the nose as it pours a nice brown head. The mouthfeel is like a glass of warm, supple gingerbread and it has a rich flavor of toasted nuts, mocha, and hints of caramel. It's exceptional, one of the best stouts in the US.

Holy Water, Drink, Or Pour Down the Sink: This is Holy Water, my friends. It's available from January (unless you know a cool wine store that gets it earlier) through March, so stock up. Buy some for your local pastor too; he'll, er, worship it. Delish!

1 comment:

BeerShaun said...

Mmm. Sounds excellent. Cleveland does rock. I'll be on the lookout to see if I can get this here. Unless you can hook me up with the next delivery. ;)