Black Hawk Select Stout

Image courtesy of Mendocino Brewing Co.

Deep, deep brown with lavish lacing and a medium brown head, Black Hawk Select Stout (Mendocino Brewing Co., Saratoga Springs, NY) looks substantial.  The lacing of this Irish-style stout looks like the spotty pattern of a whale shark.  The initial whiff yields a goodly amount of sweet cream with a note of Voortman’s wafer cookie, and maybe some vanilla ice cream.  It works, it’s very appealing.  The texture is smooth and creamy, and the taste of coffee with cream can be detected, without too much bitterness, but some dryness in the finish.  A slight earthy note (maybe Irish moss or peat?) also exists in this very good 5.2 % ABV stout.  Black Hawk Select Stout is worth a try.



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