Doctor Duvel

I'm like a sommelier, but for beer.

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Location: Upstate New York, United States

Favorite Beers: Orval, Samuel Smith, Duvel, Hennepin, Oude Gueze, Chimay, Dogfish Head, Anchor Steam, and anything made by Trappist monks.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Hop Back Entire Stout

Lately, I'm really digging the subtlety of English beers, particularly maltier ones. This is a particularly lovely stout--exceptionally balanced and drinkable. It's quite dark, but light can definitely be seen through it--several shades paler than the Smutty Porter I drank the other day. Nice retentive head. The nose blends green, leafy Goldings with sharper coffee flavors and deep, black, high-cacao chocolate. Sort of like a dry, Irish stout, it's relatively light and freshing on the palate--no heaviness or noticeable dextrins, but some firm tannins that grasp your mouth and guide the beer through. A hell of a lot more interesting than Guinness.

This would be a nice set of attibutes to shoot for. Something like this probably has a decent amount of flaked barley, some carastan to richen up the base, nice hops, and just a moderate dose of roast barley. Keep it simple, right?


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