Getting lame with these titles, I know.
Enjoying the end of the work week with a glass of Dogfish Head’s Chicory Stout. Wow, there’s a lot going on here. Swirl the glass and it smells deep and roasty, like you’re walking in to a coffee shop. Pours black as night, no light getting through this.
But it’s the palate that’s so interesting. Yes, you get the typical mocha, dark chocolate, and coffee notes. But there’s an intriguing spicy pepper streak right at the tail end of the finish which makes this very unique. Kind of reminds me of one of those hokey chili beers I tried oh so many years ago. Really unusual, and quite memorable.
And, at 5.2% ABV, it’s rather easy sipping for a DH brew. It’s a nice winter warmer, without the heaviness. Well done.
BTW, to wrap up the Sierra Nevada portion of the program, I did finally partake of the 2012 Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale, and it was phenomenal. For those who might think this Wet Hop thing is just a marketing gimmick, it does make a difference. The hop notes are so bright, clear, and distinct, it’s amazing. The freshness gives it that little extra snap, and gives the beer such a dry finish. Wonderful stuff.
BTW II — when you get a chance, check out East Bay Beer. If you live in the area (or even if you don’t), this is a great resource local beer happenings. I just recently discovered it and it is tremendous. Very well written, as well.