Shucker Stout is dark and full of complex roasted/coffee/chocolate flavors. Itís brewed to ferment very completely to result in a dry and easy drinking finish. This stout is not motor oil. It wonít make you feel full after drinking just one but still carries a full spectrum of flavors and complexity. Shucker Stout is technically classified as a Dry Stout and, at just over 5% ABV, is light enough to enjoy over and over again.
That all sounds great, butÖ Shucker Stout? Heck ya! Oysters are the most classic example of food pairings with Stout and the Chesapeake Bay is world famous for our oysters. A shucker is the term for the person who opens oysters as well as the name of the knife used to do the job. So there you go, Shucker Stout! Enjoy!
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a nearly pitch black color - Iím very impressed with the darkness given its lower strength. What Iím not impressed with, though, is the head, or lack thereof. It isnít even a finger high (though itís a solidly tan shade), and fades away to nothing flat. No lacing is left on the glass, either.
S: BIG roasted, coffee-like bitterness pervades my glass immediately. This does a great job of impersonating actual black coffee, and it isnít even a coffee stout! Still, I could really use a bit more in the way of chocolate or cream to balance it out.
T: Cripes on a stick, this tastes like black coffee. There isnít much to this beyond black coffee, but wow did these guys nail a solid coffee flavor without being (too) vegetal. Give it a balancing sweetness of chocolate or cream and this could really be something. As it stands, itís the second beer Iíve had from these guys that was really bitter.
M: The carbonation is weird - itís trying to poke through the body, but also seems kind of weak. Still, I love how dry and easy to drink it is. Could have a beefier body, though.
O: While it definitely seems like a beer coming from a brand new brewery, there is some promise here: this has more coffee presence than any non-coffee stout Iíve had. This one is really close to being good, it just needs a bit more defined sweetness and a bit more body.
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