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Flying Dog Green Tea Imperial Stout

March 11, 2013

Flying Dog is definitely a cool brewery. Whether I’m referring to the story of how they got their name after hiking ridiculous mountains in foreign lands, or the fact that they make some pretty decent beer, it doesn’t matter. They’re ultimately just a cool group of guys that offer some really solid beers. While they definitely make some intense stuff, it’s rare that they venture into really experimental or weird realms where things can either be hit or miss. Hence, when I had a chance to try a Green Tea stout by them, I was intrigued.

My initial impressions largely fell in line with my expectations. It pours a dark black with a light brown head. Then there was a strong green tea scent mixed with roasted malt, and a light hint of various nuts. The body is fairly middle of the road, and the mouthfeel was smooth like milky tea. When you drink it, your first met with the sweet flavors of green tea before your sucker punched with an overall standard stout flavors; roasted malt, chocolate, and hints of black coffee. The beer has a bitter stout finish, and that’s all there is to say.

This beer definitely accomplishes what it sets out to do, it’s a stout with green tea flavors. However, the flavors weren’t necessarily balanced well, nor does it do anything exciting with this new green tea dimension. At the end of the day, it’s worth a taste if it’s there but nothing I’d lose sleep over not having.

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