So, I admit there are some branding labels that grab me and I can’t help but buy that shit. So, when I saw this new beer called The Hobbit, I jumped on it hard. They have several different options – Gollum Precious Pils – nah, Bolg Belgian Tripel – nope, and Smaug Stout. Stout? Yes, please. Now, I am a stout fan. I love stouts and porters and all of those thick, dark beers that you can eat with a spoon. So I grabbed that shit so fast, it’d make your head spin.
It says on the label that this is an Imperial Stout with Chili Peppers. Chili Peppers? Hell, yeah!
So I brought this goody home and put it in the fridge. At just the right moment – after scrubbing the shower, doing some photography experiments, and watching the dog poop – it was time to try it.
I pulled a frosty mug from the freezer and popped it open. I set up my spot on the back porch and poured. It had a lovely foam and a nice black color. It looked and smelled beautiful. So, the first sip was toasty and I mean toasty. I expected to get some notes of chocolate and chili pepper, nope. It tasted like 3 day old coffee and nothing else. I was not overly impressed. It’s a basic stout with a bitter after taste. Of course, I finished the 22oz bottle. And with 8.5% ABV, I felt pretty good after. In the end, I would probably not buy it again. I wanted to love it. But, alas, it was not meant to be.