Sunday, October 21, 2012
Smashed Shoulder Stout (Scott Lyke, homebrewer)
The name alludes to a rather nasty bicycle accident that tore up Scott's shoulder. As a result, he was unable to brew for a while because of lifting restrictions. Recently back to brewing, congrats to Scott for a prize brew.
Taking the first sip, I can see why it's a winner. Fluffy head the color of malted milk ball center; it floats fully until it falls with to a thin lace. Great nose that's thick with chocolate, oak and bourbon and a bit of citrus spice underneath. Creamy smooth taste that brings up a little roast to compliment the nose. Slightly acrid taste on the back side that lingers pleasantly with the chocolate and oak. Overall, a fun, full sensory stout that would be warming on a cold night.
Chatting with the brewer, no oak or bourbon in the recipe, but a secret ingredient pushed the alcohol high. I surmise the yummy added tastes were from the combination of higher fermentation blended with the stoutish flavors. Beer is always interesting.