Sunday, October 25, 2009

db double black stout with coffee

After I woke up this morning, I had a few cups of coffee and instantly became the Book Report Czar for the next several hours. The promotion and task was not unexpected; rather, it has been coming to a showdown for weeks now. The second grade report is due on Wednesday and this is the last day to spend a good amount of time on it. My seven year old has spent time reading the book and making an outline for the report over the past few weeks, but he's been pretty slick at avoiding doing the actual report.

Until today... I got out the whips (I mean pencil and paper), the iron maiden (er, "no outside" threats) and he got started. At this point he's almost done with an A report. He just needs his mom to help with the illustration requirement since I suck at drawing. Now for some football and hopefully some baseball, if the rain in NY can hold up. To the beer!

Today I'm drinking db double black stout with coffee brewed by Redhook Ale Brewery in Woodinville, Washington or Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Apparently this is a limited release beer, and mine was from batch 08-0410 bottled on 10/08/08. The name makes it sound yummy.

Dark chocolate aroma with plenty of plums and coffee there, too. The flavors start out very rich, with a large dose of roasted chocolate. Dark fruit with slightly bitter coffee flavor are next in line and balance out the beer very nicely. Some vanilla and molasses nuances come in and out of the profile and provide a welcome complexity. The carbonation is medium-high and provides a bubbly, yet creamy mouth feeling. Mostly a sweet beer, but not overly so. Toward the end you will notice the 7% alcohol content and get just a bit of a warming sensation, but not too much, just enough to get your attention. This was a great beer and I suggest you try it when you can.

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