Total Score: 8.7/10
I’m still wondering when Stone will bring out their “Cold-Drip Steve Austin Stout”. Brewers seem to be enamoured to bad puns, dad jokes if you will, and that jest is hilarious and mighty in its craptacularity – it could even be as big and evil as the Chuck Norris meme… just saying. So Americano Stout – no doubt named after one of the worst coffee drink types ever devised [I mean why not just down an espresso instead – the mind boggles!]. Anyway, Americans can be strange in their ways, but Stone are strange in all the ways that are correct – I’m still dreaming about their amazing Xocoveza… if you ever see it: Buy immediately [and send to me]!
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Looks decadently rich in the glass from the off, like an opulent Wall street banker eating BBQ spare-ribs off a naked geisha at a yacht-based orgy. Body has the appearance of an inky black hole with a tasty rich tan head that slowly slips back onto itself like the dying star that it is. 9/10.
S: Dirty cacao nibs, roast espresso, hints of star anise, vanilla and wood fire – this is one American Double Stout you don’t mess with… if indeed you do normally mess with American Double Stouts, if so – you need to give your diabetes a break for a change. The aroma profile is borderline perfect bar one fact: I’m not getting much coffee on the nose here (kinda the opposite of FBS which was like pure-distilled coffee). 8/10.
T: This is a damn fine example of the style! Hits upfront with: Dirty cacao nibs and roast espresso bean, throws in some light citric hop notes (for good measure) then continues with hints of star anise, vanilla and a toasty wood fire char towards the finish. Tasty, toasty and roasty – all great things in a Stout. Aftertaste has a defined espresso coffee roast flavour. Much like the real-life Americano coffee it feels like it would benefit from a bit of full-cream milk – though adding this to a beer is not recommended. 9/10.
M: Medium bodied and oily, with a light but infinitesimally tight carbonation. 8/10.
D: If the brief is what’s written on the bottle label – this brew fulfils the brief. TBH the hop flavours weren’t that noticeable in the heady chaos of my enjoyment of this beer, nor do I care – I feel like this Stout, much like FBS, stands taller without the hops. Anything else? Well it’s no Xocoveza… sure wish they would release Xocoveza again already. 9/10.
Food match: I would drink this for breakfast if I was king, some drunken king.