Every year, we go down to the in-laws place for a few weeks in March. Now, they know my love of strange and different beers, so for the last few years, they’ve picked up a mixer pack or two for me (now us with Mark joining the Syndicate). This year, we’ve already seen the Cigar City beers, now on to Gnarly Oak.
This was three winter beers in one pack. Now, yes, it was March and still technically winter, but I was in 80° weather and didn’t really feel like drinking heavy, warming beers too much. I didn’t feel like it, but I drank them anyway.
This poured out very dark and had a big head on it. Being a chocolate stout, I took in a big sniff to get a sense of how much I’ll enjoy this. What I got was smoke. That’s it. It was smoke and stout, no chocolate at all. Maybe it’s just in the taste.
Nope. Not there either. It tasted like a thick, smokey stout. On its own, without the chocolate moniker, it was a fine stout, but you said chocolate. Not cool!
I finished it though. It did take a little longer than usual since it was hot out and this was thick.