Barnacle Bottom Stout - Ship Bottom Brewery
I love highlighting some New Jersey beers, here on Hops & Horns. Even though the original recipe for Barnacle Bottom Stout was originally concocted in Pennsylvania, we can now claim on this magnificent stout from Ship Bottom Brewery. Canned for the first time, I just couldn't pass up the chance to go get some and bring it back home. I know I've spoken about this specific beer before, but for those who might have not read my thoughts on this beer before - here goes: I love it.
At 8.4% ABV, it comes in clocking a bit higher than most stouts, but because of that, it doesn't taste thin. Trust me, as well, it doesn't taste like the 8.4% ABV which makes it a bit dangerous. I love it in this 12oz format, because I can enjoy just a bit of it without feeling too guilty about the extra added carbs from a beer. Barnacle Bottom Stout is pretty much a dessert beer. Right off the bat, the nose was all chocolate and without being aggressively so. The coffee is a bit more muted, but works well in combination with the chocolate within this beer. The oats round out the beer to give it a silkier mouthfeel that is definitely enjoyed.
In a world full of bourbon barrel aged stouts trying to take over, it's always nice to come back to a New Jersey made stout that is no gimmicks and all delivery. Give Ship Bottom Brewery a look and make sure you grab this stout. Even if the temperature is beginning to warm up, dessert beer always comes in handy! Salud!