In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


New Belgium Brewing Clutch

Aroma: “Dark chocolate, coffee, strong roast, smokiness, and earth, almost mushroom-like, with just a light touch of acidity. Dark cherry and slightly acidic prune at the back. A slight woody and cedar character and a really nice sweetness.”

Flavor: “Smoky malt character, with an appropriate tartness. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes, pronounced roast, with an almost sooty note. Bread crust and melanoidins are present throughout, especially as it warms. Nice fruity esters—pear, cherry, and raisin—with a sour cherry lime flavor at the back end. A bit thin on the body for a stout, yet flavorful, and somewhat dry in the finish.”

Overall: “A roast-forward stout, with a touch of back-end fruitiness. The acidity and sourness are subdued. Smoky malt character was pleasant, and the sour just put an accent mark on it. It’s a subtler take on a sour stout—a complex and enjoyable beer.”