Greetings all. I have been on a bit of a hiatus over the holidays but now I am back in the saddle. There was much drinking going on and I do apologize for being a bit selfish and not sharing my tastes. Last night snob Rob’s wife, snob Rob and I attended a beer tasting at The Market (for more info we have a post on this wondrous occurrence), after which I purchased a bottle of Fort Collins Brewery’s Common Ground, popped the cap and began to partake.
This brew comes in the 22 oz size with 5.6 abv and will run you 6 bucks at The Market. Question – will a coffee infusion with a malty amber ale work as well as with a stout? My answer? Hells Yess. As soon as the golden brown nectar hits the glass you can smell the coffee followed by a subtle hint of cocoa. I was surprised by the color and I’m not sure why, I was just ready for a darker beer. Too many coffee stouts I suppose. The taste was fantastic. Coffee, cocoa and hints of vanilla abound on this easy drinking beverage. If only I could replace my morning cup-o-joe with this bad boy. There is a nice bitter balance of hops to accompany the sweetness of the cocoa with a medium amount of carbonation. Normally I can only enjoy one glass of these sweeter beers. I believe this is due to my overwhelming internally occurring sweetness clashing with an external sweetness source. Oops, one moment, I believe my wife is choking on her beer for some reason. The post sip brings you a nice cocoa and light coffee aftertaste.
Final Snobs – Surprisingly this brew is not very filling and the flavors are very well balanced. At 5.6 abv you could enjoy the full 22 oz bottle with nary a problem (or maybe I just have quite a bit of practice). Grab one and let the snobs know what you think.