Originally Tasted 2011-12-28
With the current weather being anything but wintry we finally took the time to pull a beer out of the fridge that required the right mood. Redhook Ale's Down Under Stout, is the latest in their Blueline series.
Essentially one could almost equate the Blue Line series as when the brewers collaborate and decide to produce something that says "we’re still capable of producing a beer that makes you think twice about us". This isn't a dig on the brewery's current reputation. Instead this is another example where a brewery like Redhook is still willing to produce risk taking beers, like Down Under Stout.
... dark smooth and goes down easy….”a smooth and creamy brew that is loosely modeled after Australian and sweeter styled stouts. Brewed with plenty of specialty malts, this stout is dark in color with a rich & decadent taste.” (22oz 7% ABV)
Suggested Guidelines via the Brewers Association
Sweet stouts, also referred to as cream stouts, have less roasted bitter flavor and a full-bodied mouthfeel. The style can be given more body with milk sugar (lactose) before bottling. Malt sweetness, chocolate, and caramel flavor should dominate the flavor profile and contribute to the aroma. Hops should balance and suppress some of the sweetness without contributing apparent flavor or aroma. The overall impression should be sweet and full-bodied
You Should Try This. For this writer we have to admit that we are anxious to track another bottle down of this beer. Honestly there aren't many Sweet or Cream Stouts. Those of you that live in Seattle will no doubt welcome this as a competitor to beer's like Hale's Cream Stout. We can't testify to it's ability to maintain quality, but this might be the perfect beer to have on Valentine's Day with some brownies, or creamy truffles. Else if you are up to it, you might enjoy this with a slice of left-over Holiday pie.
Appearance dark & inviting with a prominent inch a half of off-white head. Aroma is filled with dark chocolate, bits of licorice, and burnt coffee. Sipping is quite the opposite as one can pick up notes of cream, cocoa, as well as a slight herbal quality. Overall Stout has a medium to strong weight as it rests on the tongue and there is a small amount of stickiness.
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An Editorial Note. A little while ago the fine folks at Redhook Ales sent us a care package right before the start of the Holiday season. While I would have enjoyed an opportunity to write a 'fresh' review this writer instead got sidetracked by a severe sinus cold, which turned into a full blown case of bronchitis. Even now I am still occasionally coughing up bits of nothingness, so to Redhook Ales and the rest of you we apologize in advance.
About the photo’s author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.