Purchased From: Canal's of Hamilton
Serving Type: 11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a mug
You may remember that a little while back I attempted to order this beer at The Half Door in Hartford. They were out at the time and instead I drank the Arabier by De Dolle. It worked out really well, but when I spotted the Stout on the shelf at Canal's I knew I'd have to try it. The Export Stout is a very deep and murky chocolate brown in color with tons of floating yeast. The head is very light with high carbonation. The brown the audibly crackling foam reminds me a lot of the head of root beer.
The nose is huge on caramel with notes of smoke interwoven. Mellowing it out near the end are hints of cracked vanilla bean. The initial taste is rich and chocolatey. It seems to cool of a bit in the middle. A mild alcoholic tinge cuts right through the malts in the mid-palate. The beer finishes with a lingering smoke and leaves a gentle chest-warming heat in the end.
Final Verdict: B