Saturday, 17 December 2011

Beer Advent Calendar Day 17- Bristol Beer Factory Bristol Stout

Good evening all. Another stout from the (so far) fantastic "12 Stouts of Christmas" selection, brewed by the Bristol Beer Factory. Tonight I've gone back to basics with Bristol Stout, a simple Irish Dry Stout. You'll notice in the picture this evening that I've gone for a more festive feel. The tree is up, the decorations have been lovingly (and angrily, in some cases!) placed upon the branches, and the Christmas spirit is almost starting to appear. Anyway, let's get down to the details....

Bristol Stout (4.0% ABV) pours a dark black (good start!) with a decent white head. The aroma is very subtle, with roasted malts and some coffee coming through. Not expecting a flavour explosion with this one, but still looking forward to it. The taste is also very light, with the coffee coming through more. No lingering aftertaste or bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and creamy, which works well with the flavours. Overall, this is an enjoyable stout with an attractively sessionable ABV. Not a lot to say about it, but that's because the flavour profile isn't too complex, making it an ideal beer for someone looking to delve further into the world of stouts and porters. Although I prefer the fuller-bodied imperials, it's still good to come back to the lighter examples as they commonly surprise you with their softer approach. This one certainly did- highly recommended!

Tomorrow, another beer next to a Christmas tree (guess which brewery and beer style!) and some words about it. Until next time....

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