Sam, the creative leader at Dogfish Head Brewing has given the world a bit more info on the draft only Black & Red release. It’s minty, chocolatey, fruity & unexpected. B&R wasn’t on DFH’s 2011 release schedule. It’s a fun surprise.
Black & Red is a velvety smooth dry-minted stout with a serious fruit problem! The huge portion of heavily roasted grains brings a rich, chocolaty character which contrasts it’s sweet fruity full-body. As you tilt your glass, you’ll notice that the black color you are perceiving is actually a very deep reddish hue and the rich creamy foam has a tinge of pink to it. Black & Red starts off roasted and warming with a robust mintiness from 100 lbs of organic mint (from our friends at Washington’s Green Grocer) added to the secondary fermentation and finishes out sweet and smooth. It’s Darn-right pudding-like in it’s depth an chewiness. Best enjoyed 6 ounces at a time from a sniffer in lieu of a banana split.
Black & Red is a dessert beer. It is sweet, minty, roasty & chocolate-ty. It is meant to be sipped from a snifter for sure, but for you mixologists it’s also yummy blended with a dry roasted stout, like our like our Chicory Stout or one of those Irish nitroginated wizzbangs. We’re also getting good reports from folks enjoying the Black & Red with a scoop of vanilla ice cream plopped right into the glass!
Style: American Stout
Availability: Draft only. Limited markets