Friday, April 27, 2012

Dempsey's Ugly Dog Stout

type: chocolate stout
origin: Petaluma, Ca
price: $4.29/22oz
ABV: 6.7%
NSP: 10.2

Petaluma is home to a northern California powerhouse, Lagunitas, but Sonoma county also has it's fair share of smaller operating brewpub/breweries (Moylan's, Marin, etc.) that are producing quality beer, including Dempsey's.

As a chocolate stout, this is pretty enjoyable.  It could use a bit more head-retention (gone in a few tens of seconds), but otherwise the classic flavors you expect are here.  Roasted and carmel malts are present, but somewhat subdued, which - at this ABV - blurs the line between a stout and porter.  I secretly wish this was an imperial porter, especially since it's less stout, strictly speaking, than most any IPA you'll find these days, but if you're in the P-town go ahead and get down at D-town.

And since I just saw Tupac perform live at Coachella, with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dizzle, and I sort-of rapped in the last paragraph, I'll leave you with this: WEST SIDE!!!

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