Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Bayou Teche Loup Garou Review
I'm going to consider this a Foreign Export Stout (category 13d) for review purposes.
Aroma: Strong chocolate and coffee notes. Touch of tobacco. Warming alcohol aroma. Slight woodiness. No hop aroma to speak of. Very slight dark cherry-like esters. No diacetyl or other off aromas. Dark malty breadiness starts to present itself as it warms. 10/12
Appearance: Black as night. Just like its prey, no light escapes the Loup Garou. Opaque, but not hazy. Thick initial brown head with good retention. Texture of a good espresso with fine creamy looking bubbles lining the surface. 3/3
Flavor: Coffee and tabacco are prominent. Chocolate follows close behind with a touch of wood. Bitterness from roasted barley and hops are enough to balance the sweetness and lingers only slightly. Slight pleasant alcohol warmth. No off flavors detected. 17/20
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth. Slight creaminess. Balance is slightly dry, but not astringent. No diacetyl slickness. 5/5
Overall Impression: An excellent beer. My new favorite beer from Bayou Teche. I don't get as much licorice flavor as I would have expected unless that's what contributed to the tobacco-like aroma and flavor. Regardless, a very pleasing beer. 9/10
That puts it at a 44/50 in my book. The only thing I can really fault them on is that I didn't get a whole lot of licorice character in the aroma. That being said, it's only a slight ding and this is certainly a great beer in my world.