Review – Mendocino Black Hawk Stout
From Philadelphia Contributor Nathan!
From Mendocino Brewing Co.: Retains the big traditional flavors of an Irish-style stout and yet offers a refreshing dry crispness that is rare in many dark beers. “Bottle Conditioned” Black Hawk Stout is replete with a rich, roasted malt flavor that makes this not-so-heavy stout, creamy and ever so smooth. It has a subtlety that surprises and converts even the most reticent stout drinker.
Mendocino Brewing Co. – Mendocino Black Hawk Stout – 12 oz. bottle – 5.2% abv.
Appearance: Deep brown with a thick, creamy 1″ head.
Smell: Strong notes of caramel and cinnamon with a dash of cardamom.
Taste: Dark chocolate and caramel with a strong, hoppy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy with a dry, crisp finish.
Drinkability: A slow-drinking stout that’s good for a cold winter’s day. For stout devotees, however, it’s a little on the bland side.