Had this at the J. Clyde tonight in B'ham. Served up in a half sized nonic, a 10 oz pour. Was kind of happy to see it on the tap list.
A: Pours a very black in color and builds a wonderful finger and a half of light brown, almost toffee colored foam. Can't see through the glass whatsoever, dark and solid. The head retention is quite nice, long lasting goodness. Foam is pretty tight and fluffy. Lace is sticky and puts up a decent amount foam on the glass. Can't see any carbonation activity. Looked a hell of a lot better than I expected.
S: Good amount of coffee and dark chocolate hit me first. Kind of threw me off and I forgot this was a Foreign/Export stout. Has a bit of weight to it on the nose. The malts are nice and have a decent amount of roast on it. Hops aren't as heavy as I expect from an export but this is all stout. There might be a bit of dark fruit lingering around here with the rest of the grains, can't fully tell but I do like it.
T: Taste is very much like the nose. Good amount of dark, slightly bittered chocolate along with lighter notes of coffee/espresso. Getting a touch of toffee in here as well. Good amount of roasted chocolate malts rolling around in here. Might be a little too roasted at times, almost burnt in some sips. Hops are very light and don't really play a factor here in balancing the sweetness. Got some prune and raisin peeking out from time to time. What I really like about this beer is that the grains really come across well and are pronounced at times. Very nice indeed.
M: Gonna have to give this a full bodied description. Comes across robust and has some thickness to it for sure. Carbonation is medium, trying to lighten things up a bit. Just an incredibly creamy texture to it. The aftertaste is all grains and coffee.
D: It is a bit of a sipper due to the sweetness and weight. With that said, its very nice. It doesn't have the hops presence I would expect from an Export, but it does have that huge roasty quality. It is a different beast from what I remember of the Guinness Export. Still a good tasting and drinking stout. Would absolutely have more and think this is a great offering from Left Hand. Reminds me of their collaborations with Terrapin.
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