The Beer Gatherer

Blogging about Israeli beer in general and Israeli craft beer in particular, following 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die and other beer musings.

Back in Black

Still the same excuse for slowing down: work, work, work. But I AM determined to reach 300 by Rosh HaShana, which is 2 weeks or so from today.
On today’s menu are three stouts, vary by style and country. First is Porterhouse Oyster Stout from Ireland. Breawed with fresh oysters, it smells a little salty, with notes of seaweed, ink and lots of sweet coffee. It’s bitter, slightly salty and bears hints of ash in the mouth. Full-bodied, smooth textured and weak carbonation. I loved it – well made.

Next is El Toro Negro Oatmeal Stout from California – black with a pretty tan head, rich aroma, oatmeal-ish with a little ash and roast. Rich, roasty, robust taste with this cool cocoa bittersweetness. Full body, some carbonation, long, cocoa finish and general awesomeness.

Last one for today is Carib Royal Extra Stout from Trinidad & Tobago. The bottle we sampled was quite old, but I’m not sure how good it is when fresh. Better, for sure, but doubt it bears any greatness. It’s a sweet beer. The definition of sweet beer, even. The aroma is faintly roasty but mainly smells of sweet chocolate drink, cardboard and sugar and it really tastes like sweet coffee. After the sweet coffee comes the sugar injection. Pretty intense and far from being great.

Porterhouse Oyster Stout, El Toro Negro Oatmeal Stout and Carib Royal Extra Stout are beers #279, #280 and #281 I Must Try Before I Die.

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