So here we are again with the second sensory evaluation in this series. I hope you enjoyed the last one and without further ado lets jump right in with another sour.
Grizzly Paw – Sour Coffee Stout
7.25% Alcohol by volume in a 341ml bottle
Having never seen a sour coffee stout before and being a fan of Grizzly Paw when I saw it sitting on the shelf I had to give it a go.
Pours a dark slightly reddish brown/black in colour with a medium amount tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and some lacing that clings to the sides of glass. It is fairly clear having little to no haze, though with it being so dark barely any light passes through.
Smells of coffee with a pleasant acidic sourness and a light sweetness. Rich toasted malt notes with some dark fruit and a hint of smoke. Though not much hop aroma some earthiness comes through with a bit of wood.
First sip came in quite sour with a pervasive coffee bitterness and some pleasant astringency. Dark chocolate mixes with some sour cherries and a touch of red wine for a nice dry finish. A hint of musty, earthy hops enters into the mix along with some oak from the barrels and a nice medium body. This is the first sour stout that I have tried and I quite enjoyed it. The sour blending in nicely with the red wine and dark fruit notes.
This having been my first experience with a sour stout I don’t have much to compare it to. That being said I enjoyed how well the sour fit in with this barreled coffee stout. Though I think this beer could use some refining, as a first draft it seemed to have turned out quite well. The main issue that I have with this beer is that there wasn’t enough of it. I would recommend this beer to others though with it being a limited release it may be a bit tough to find.
Till the next pint!
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For every sorrow, cheer.
For every storm, a calm.
For every thirst, a beer.”