per glass 4.5%
alcohol by volume 32
int'l bitterness units 1996
year first brewed
A tangy roast malt aroma and flavor dominate this black ale. Flaked (unmalted) barley contributes fullness to the body and incredibly dense foam. Roast and Black malt along with a higher fermentation temperature give a coffee-like roastyness. A generous amount of Galena “bittering” hops provides the finishing spicy note. 4.5% ABV, 32 IBUs, first brewed in 1996.
Malts: Pale, Carastan, Roast Barley, Black, Rolled Barley, Carapils
Hops: Galena, Willamette
Yeast: English Ale
O.G. 12.7 Plato F.G. 3.2 Plato
No discussion of our Irish Stout would be complete, or fair, without a nod to the original, Guiness. First brewed in 1759 at St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin. Records show that in 1888, without the aid of advertising or discounts, Guiness sold over 1.1 million barrels (2.2 million kegs) of beer. Clearly brewed as an antithesis to light, “session” beers, Guiness was a hearty, full-bodied, dark beer. The reticence to advertising abated, and the brand is known for unique, quirky marketing methods, involving, among other animals, the Toucan. “Toucans in their nests agree/Guinness is good for you/Try some today and see/What one or toucan do”. Guiness grew to such stature as to acquire its own fleet of ships, barges, and yachts. Prior to 1939 if a Guiness brewer wished to marry a Catholic girl, his resignation was requested.
CooperSmith’s stouts represented the apex of the journey from mass-marketed Big Beer to browns, pale ales, IPA’s, bitters, then the bold, black, dark & exotic realm of our own Horsetooth Stout. Certainly invigorating, the climb was and is healthy as stouts contain antioxidants now known to slow down the deposit of harmful cholesterol on the artery walls. Undeniably the reason Toucans have such a long life span.