So, you may or may not have noticed that I skipped my beer review post last week. It was completely intentional, as I figured that between the upcoming basketball games and St. Patrick's Day most people were going to have two types of beer on their mind - Guinness and the ever popular (but only around St. Pat's ) "green" beer. I personally would love to know what type of malts they use to give it that beautiful, deep green color, but I digress and we'll get back to the real reason we're here...my thoughtful musings and my post-Patty's day beer review - Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout.
I generally can't say enough good things about Schlafly, and luckily that trend continues. This yummy stout, available only from January through March, pours a deep black and smells of semi-sweet chocolate. I was as happy as a leprechaun with a pot of gold after I took my first sip. This was a very refreshing and easy drinking stout with a nice balance of sweet and bitterness. Hitting the scales at 8.0% ABV and 45 IBU's, one or two will catch up with you quickly. Overall I felt this was a very good take on a Foreign Stout, and the good 'ol guys and gals over at Beeradvocate.com and Ratebeer.com seem to agree, with average ratings of 89 and 96 respectively.
If you can still find it then I suggest trying it, but if not, then please make sure to drink some of this next year in place of your 100% organic, locally made, spinach infused, "green" beer. I understand the health benefits of it, but come on, live a little.
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