Sherman on the Mount
Over the last several years it's been exciting to see the growth of craft beers throughout the U.S. What was for a while essentially a West Coast then East Coast phenomena is slowly spreading to all those areas in between and even into the South. It's great to walk into a grocery store and see a beer aisle that looks like this:
My point is that for years the major brewers fought the beer wars not with brew masters but with ad execs. Image and packaging were the weapons, not innovations in style and flavor. But craft beers have brought true variety and choice to beer drinkers thirsting for bold, full-flavored brews.
Dragon Slayer is a take-no-prisoners kick-ass Russian Stout. 9.5% ABV puts it right up there in the barleywine territory. It's not for everyone, which for me is high praise. The aroma is malty. It pours an opaque coal black, with a rich, full head. The flavor is complex and big, with chocolate undertones. It scored between average and can't get enough with some loving it some not so thrilled. Comments include: "Beautiful head and lacing; I can drink this; Heavy; Too much of a roasted flavor - it's over the top; This is a helmet beer - with a strap!; A nice beer to be enjoyed with Polish food (the food theme for the meeting); Chocolaty; Big flavor."
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