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The Weekly Beer Geek: Tiramisu Stout

Tiramisu Stout
Ellison Brewing Co.
$3.79/Can (16 oz)
Grade: D-

The Beginning:
I was on a quest to purchase my girlfriend some baklava, because she was upset that I’d failed to smuggle her any of it home from the hospitality buffet on a business trip. Don’t ask. At any rate, the store had a mouth-watering assortment of desserts in the display cooler. Baklava, tiny pies, cannoli, slightly less tiny pies, and (relevant to this article) tiramisu. Rich coffee and cream and sugar all blended together in a calorific little bundle of yum? Sounds like beer to me!

The Brewer’s Pitch:
“Tiramisu” translates from Italian into “Pick me up,” and now I’ve tricked you into learning something. Ellison started with a deep-roast full-bodied stout and added notes of chocolate and sweet coffee to mimic the mouthfeel of the decadent dessert. They claim it will pick, you up, but alcohol is technically a depressant (ha! more learning!)- savor the flavor of mystery!

The Beer:
Ellison’s Tiramisu pours dark flat brown with no head beyond a tiny scrum of brown bubbles that quickly vanish around the edge of the glass. The nose is faint and strangely metallic, somewhere between old pennies and a metal watering can. The beer is very thin and light especially for such a dark beer. It hits with a sharp acrid edge of burnt roast grain followed up with the metal flavor found in all my least favorite stouts. As it warms up hints of fudgy chocolate creep in around the edges but never overtake the central bitter bite.

The Breakdown:
Full disclosure: I’ve had this beer before and know I enjoy it. Ellison’s brewpub is near my apartment and I go there for Bingo night (don’t judge). This is one of those beers that’s really tasty on draft but they just does not translate to cans, I suppose. I have no idea why some stouts taste metallic, but it’s never a good sign. Maybe it picks it up from the can? Maybe there’s something in the tap lines, like how Guinness (allegedly) used to have dead rats in the vats? Bottom line, skip this in the can and go grab a pint at the brewpub.

The Bottom Line:
My girlfriend was so put off by this that she offered the glass to her cat, who sniffed it and then violently recoiled before running away. True story.

 

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