Category 12 Excitation Cocao Nib Espresso Stout

c12-excitation-bottle-c-1Brewer: Category 12, Victoria, BC
Style: Stout
ABV: 6.4%
IBUs: 30

Description: This latest installment from Category 12 takes the English-style of stout and enhances it with cold pressed, organic espresso and raw cacao nibs. Combined with a mild hopping, and what are clearly Belgian yeasts (thought they won’t say so!), this beer is both a compliment and a twist on the traditional stout.

Tasting Notes: Category 12 has tackled the venerable style of stout at last! And as always, they bring a touch of the classically-inspired and Belgian to the mix. Roasted espresso and cacao nibs add some additional depth to the dark malt flavors, and Belgian yeasts add some yeasty bite to the mix!

Appearance: Black as tar, opaque, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Toasty malts, roasted espresso, dark chocolate
Taste: Roasted malt, hint of espresso, dark chocolate, Belgian yeast
Aftertaste: Lingering espresso and roasted malt, yeastiness
Overall: 9/10

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