They really should print warnings. Something like this: "Attention Ron Pattinson: this beer contains cascade hops!"Of course, not all American big stouts are cascade-ridden or otherwise citrusy. This one, a 7.99% bomb from the west coast promises a mouthful of Hardcore Coffee on the label. The beer pours a gorgeous deepest mahogany with a fine rich cream tan head. It smells like good mint chocolate ice cream. What a treat. In the mouth, it is full of bright mint hop and roasted malts with a thick smear of espresso grounds and sludgy dark chocolate through its heart. The water is soft and softened further by creamy yeast and perhaps a bit of the old rolled barley porridge that stouts benefit so much from. Warmth and a little sweetness mark the finish.
Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.
Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."
Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."