Sometimes when I have a stout, I often think to myself that it's no Freeminer Deep Shaft Stout, a beer I was recently reminded of by its listing in the December BeerAdvocate - and particularly reminded of when I noticed that the magazine had used my very own photo from that 2004 post to illustrate the page. Quite surprising, a moment like that. Not a good photo but a grand beer.
Anyway, this beer from Stone is called a limited Spring 2007 release and weighs in at 10.8%. A big yin but what does it add to the body of my stouty knowledge? Mint and dry Dutch licorice with a thread of booze heat entwined with the roasted malts, dark chocolate and dark dried fruit. Lovely balance even with the heft. Cream yeast. Maybe it's the telltale Stone insistence on the label's discourse on the brew as some dripping from a dark Satanic ritual that puts me off a little. These beers in mid-winter always seem to herald hearty cheer in some way. A beer that should make you reconsider ever paying twice as much for an imported Baltic dark brew. Huge BAer support as is deserved and no doubt expected.
Unlike the publication of that photo. Never expected that.