I had the pleasure of enjoying two beers this week that were new to me, Moylan’s Ryan Sullivan’s Imperial Stout and Lost Coast Brewery Raspberry Brown. Both of these beers have been patiently waiting for me for a few weeks now.
I am usually not all that fond of Imperial Stouts becayse they tend to be aggressively alcoholic, which dominates the roasted malt flavour. The problem could be that I just have yet to find the right Imperial Stout – I am sure it is out there somewhere. Moylan’s proved to be one of the better Imperial Stouts, but I am still not overly impressed. However, I did find that this robust ale paired nicely with dark chocolate – the bittersweet chocolate helped to draw out the stouts deep roasted malt flavour.
I was pleasantly surprised by Lost Coast’s Raspberry Brown. Unlike many raspberry ales that taste only of Raspberries – If I wanted raspberry juice I would simply go to the store and buy raspberry juice – this beer actually marries the raspberry flavour and the beer flavour together to create a fantastic combination of flavours. If anyone is looking to introduce their friends to craft beer, Lost Coast Brewery Raspberry Brown would be a great starting point.
The raspberry ale will be added to the favourites page shortly, Moylan’s Imperial Stout, not so much.