December 13th and this is what was in my two X-mas calendars:
The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar
Milk Stout by Mikkeller - Aroma of coffee and sweetness is what hits the nose at first followed by a smoky note. Bitter coffee and quite a lot of sweetness are dominant in taste followed by that good old smooth stout feeling that you probably know? This is just a well-executed stout and that evident coffee taste is apparently from roasted malt - no added coffee.
My wife's homemade X-mas calendar
Double Negative by Grimm Artisan Ales - Espresso and chocolate are dominant aromas followed by a bit of black currant. Mouthfeel instantly is extremely creamy and smooth and gives way to coffee and chocolate flavors followed by a tasty lingering bitterness and nice notes of roasted malt. By the way, the tan head falls very slowly to a lingering lacing that stays all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is a very tasty imperial stout!
Friday the 13th and only black beers! Today it’s not a bad omen, but just about as tasty as Friday can be! Both stouts are tasty beers and it’s nice to have a milk stout that’s just plain and simple, but nonetheless, a great representation of the style such as the Mikkeller one is. Double Negative by Grimm Artisan Ales is just the better beer today! It’s a downright delicious beer that’s insanely smooth and with a coffee flavor that’s balanced to something just shy of perfection. If I had to choose an imperial stout with coffee flavors to bring as my only beer on a deserted island Double Negative could easily be the one. Today’s beers are once again the proof that life is great!
All through December, I'm opening my two X-mas beer calendars. The two calendars are The Great Mikkeller X-mas Calendar and my wife's homemade X-mas calendar.
See you tomorrow!