RJ Rockers Brewing Comany, located in Spartanburg, SC, is one of Gloablbike’s greatest supporters. They believe in the mission of Globalbike and make a darn fine brew as well. Their Beer of the Month for March is the Start Spangled Stout.
Rather than give you the usual sales pitch, we thought we’d share a review posted on beer advocate from a beer lover who goes by the name “anexetastos”…
This is a picture-perfect dry stout. I am exceedingly impressed.
Appearance: beautifully black, opaque except under direct back-light. The head is a pleasant mocha color.
Aroma: coffee-like roasted aroma dominates, with no hops in the nose. There is a faint ester lingering back there in the background, but I can’t place it exactly. Possibly iso-amyl acetate, but whatever it is, it’s at a very low concentration and melds nicely with the roasted aromatics.
Flavor: complex. roasted flavors are up front, matched equally with chocolate. no hoppy distractions. there is no diacetyl, but there is a curious lingering flavor that follows the chocolate — blueberries? very, very subtle, but very nice. i think i’ll have another sip.
mouthfeel: creamy, full-bodied. carbonation level is just right. medium gravity for the style. not much astringency from the roasted grains. overall very pleasant.
drinkability: the dry stout is among my favorite styles when produced properly (but alas, remains behind the Belgian abdij and its ilk), and this one is definitely produced properly! excellent work. find it and drink it!
Well said, anexetastos! We couldn’t agree more!
Josh Whitmore – Globalbike Management