Stout beers (pronounced stʊt by the Irish and staʊt by the rest of the world) are the ones with fans so devoted that they could almost be part of a cult. With that said, prepare to join this “cult” after you try Barbantonis’ Stout, because in our opinion it is one of the most enjoyable stouts we have tried.
Stout beers require special care when poured so that they can reveal all their characteristics. We start by holding the glass and the bottle at approximately 45 degrees and we start pouring slowly and soon after we try to pour it as fast as we can. If we do this correctly we will have a rich brown foam of medium length in our glass. Her color is black with some brown brushed on the edges. In her aromas we distinguish strong cacao and coffee odours with hints of plums and vanilla. When tasted, the cacao and plum flavors are more prevalent than the coffee and vanilla but as we get closer to room temperature coffee and cacao switch in intensity. Her body has the correct density considering that this is a 5% ABV beer.
If we turn the bottle to its back side we can read Barbantonis’ suggestions. He recommends we tried this beer with strong flavored cheese or creamy deserts. Personally, besides those, I would also try her with grilled fish and fish soup.