Serious Fun With Marshmallow Stout


Stout has a reputation as a “serious,” weighty beer. Perhaps it's the dark color and heavy body of this style that lends it such a somber reputation? I've long argued that many stouts are more lighthearted than they appear. Take Guinness, for example. It has fewer calories per pint than many lighter-colored beers, and clocks in under 4% alcohol by volume. In an effort to shatter the stereotypes of serious, dour stouts, I'm dedicating this month to sampling interestingly flavored darker beers. This week, we're going to delve into stouts with marshmallow flavors. Grab your graham crackers and chocolate, loyal readers, you're going to need them!

Basecamp Brewing Company S'More Stout

Format Sampled: 22 oz capped, aluminum bottle
ABV: 7.7%
Availability: Purchased at Old Port Spirits and Cigars

Tasting Notes: Pours black, with brownish glints and a creamy tan head. Aroma is boozy and caramelized, redolent of burnt marshmallow straight from the fire! The initial flavor is bright, smoky and vivid as a wildly flaring campfire! There are acrid, smoky grains, charred cocoa beans, complex, Belgian esters, clove, cinnamon and banana flavors. It's a fascinating combination of roasted bitterness and sweet (not sugary) flavors. With a name like “S'more,” I feel the need to emphasize the complexity and subtlety of this beer. It's the furthest thing from a gloppy syrup of marshmallow.

Off Color Brewing Dino Smores

Format Sampled: 12 oz capped  bottle
ABV: 10.5%
Availability: Purchased at Old Port Spirits and Cigars

Tasting Notes: Pours black and viscous with little head. Aroma is deeply evocative – with cocoa,  Play-Doh, and something richly plastic-like. It smells like fun, cheap, store-bought fun! The flavor is leathery and fudge-like, unctuous and decadent, with notes of port and toffee. It's like a desert wine, distilled from fudge, aged in a 70's era rumpus room filled with athletic equipment. Tasting partner Ivan compares it to a “liquefied chocolate mousse.” Sip it from a snifter and see if you can crack the mysterious puzzle that lies in the initial aroma. It's heavy, and alcoholic, but not “hot,” or boozy. It hides dangerous intensity under a comforting blanket of fudge.  

SoMe Brewing Whoopie Pie Stout

Format Sampled: 22 oz capped bottled

ABV: 6.3%
Availability: Purchased at Maine Beer and Beverage Co.

Tasting Notes: Pouts a flat black with a thin brown head. Aroma has dark fudge, instant coffee and a peculiar vinyl smell. The odd, plastic flavor pokes into the fist taste and rapidly dissipates. There's a dense, cake-like sweetness. It's almost tacky on my tongue – exactly like the tacky exterior of a whoopie pie! It's sweet, but not excessive, and it's mixed with a deep cocoa/coffee bitterness. It's not the hop bitterness I'm used to, but it does the trick to balance the sweetness quite well. The aftertaste blends sweet cake and bitter chocolate and lingers pleasantly on my tongue.

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