The fabulously named Mr. Stouty Pants was the whole reason I placed an order with Hexham-based brewery, Grounding Angels. I love stout and just had to try this one; I am delighted to report that I was not disappointed (just as well as I ordered 5 of them!).
Pouring a very dark brown/almost black with a loose rapidly disappearing light brown head, the delicious malty aroma leaps out of the can as soon as you open it. Along with malt, there's chocolate, treacle, liquorice, molasses and a hint of coffee. It really does smell amazing and my mouth was watering as I leaned in for my first sip.
What a delicious blend of flavours! The taste is quite extraordinary; a lovely blend of malt, chocolate and coffee with absolutely no bitterness whatsoever. There's a slight smokiness and a hint of sweet treacle but the overriding taste of milk chocolate is divine. It's relatively softly carbonated and the body is quite thin for a stout but the taste is so outstanding that you can forgive these little slights.
Brewed with local grown Golden Promise Barley, 11 different speciality malts and finished with Madagascan vanilla, cacao nibs and freshly roasted Pilgrims coffee from Holy Island, Mr. Stouty Pants is a very easy drinking stout. Although the body makes it feel quite light, it's surprisingly strong at 5.6% and one to be savoured rather than devoured. It's a shame its rapid loss of head gives it a flat appearance and makes it look like a glass of coke but the flavour more than makes up for it.
Even if I didn't already have another four cans, Ale Be Seeing You Again Mr. Stouty Pants!
Brewed by Grounding Angels Brew Co, Hexham, Northumberland
5.6 % ABV
My Untappd score: 4.5/5
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