Sinner’s StoutNovember 1, 2001 Madison, WI
Angelic Brewing Co.
Available: Only on tap at the brewpub.
This stout is brewed with seven different malts.
I just can’t resist saying that this is a hell of a beer. Heaven knows, I’ve been taught better. So I sinned, but it really is some stout. Black as night, an intoxicating roasted nose draws you close: you desire more. A delicate balance defines the taste—seductive chocolate and other earthy flavors contrasted with herbal acidity. For food, treat it like a red wine, not too cold. I tried it with local oysters and a sustainably raised steak tartar—to die for.
- Charles Finkel
Extraordinary cocoa and toasted malt character with hints of coffee. A first class American stout; soft on the palate. Quenching medium dry balance makes for great drinkability. Hop flavors and subtle fruitiness is evident and in complete balance with the complexity and depth of this terrific stout. This is a winner in my log of brews tasted.
- Charlie Papazian
This oatmeal stout is black as Newgate’s knocker, as we say in London (Newgate being a grim prison demolished in 1902). The head is a deep barley white. The aroma is grainy, roasty, with a powerful hint of espresso. Resiny hops balance the rich, sweet malt, tart fruit and vinous fruit in the mouth, while the finish is a thoughtful balance between creamy malt, big, bitter hops, dark chocolate and rich fruit. This would be superb with grilled sardines. Or this that a sinful thought?
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.