Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Mendocino Brewing Company - Black Hawk Stout

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a mug

Black Hawk Stout, the final beer from Mendocino's Select series pours an extremely dark body with only a feint flicker of ruby glow at its base. The head is a frothy tan foam that approaches chocolate milkshake status in its froth and produces great clingy lacing. There's a light smokiness to the roasted malts that comes through on the nose. The aroma seems simple and concise with a hint of hops to lighten it up a bit.

The mouthfeel is initially smooth, but carbonation makes its way in with an abrupt entrance and almost turns out a bit watery. The flavor turns from quite mellow to what seems slightly sour. Huge smoke comes in late to turn the beer around a bit and is coupled with hints of vanilla. The finish has a gritty coarseness to it and produces a fair aftertaste.

Final Verdict: B-

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