Nickel Brook Brewing Co. Cheeky Bastard Stout – English Stout at 4.5% ABV | 35 IBU

Nickel Brook Brewing Co. Cheeky Bastard Stout English Stout at 4.5% ABV | 35 IBU (2018 Craft Beer Advent Calendar #3, 473 ml, packaged on 24-Jul-2018, acquired 30-Nov-2018, reviewed 3-Dec-2018)

Appearance: clear deep cola brown with one fat finger of rocky beige head diminishing gradually to a persistent cap, moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: roasty malts, dry cocoa, dark fruit, ash, earth, light metallic. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate-low carbonation, medium duration moderate bitter finish. (3/5)

Not bad. Specifically, not as sweet as I was worried it might be, almost a Dry Irish. On the down side, I can’t shake the conviction that there’s a slight metallic note there, which is a small but definite negative. Would probably benefit from a nitro tap (or widget, like you-know-who) but not bad overall. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze

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