Staut Karsk by Dr. M, Stout, 5.8% ABV, 60 IBU.
I got this bottle as a birthday present from the brewer a month ago, and I’m rating it today, on his birthday. Neat? The label doesn’t want to state whether this is a stout or a porter, let’s see which style I’d go for!
It opens with a loud PSSST!, and pours a deep brown body, with a very huge, beige head. This looks like another over-carbonated brew, Dr. M… The head is long-lived and reduces to a fully lasting layer, and patches of foam sticks to the glass.
The aroma is strong and dark malty, with notes of coffee and ash. Also a faint fruitiness and traces of chalk, the latter probably caused by the light gushing.
Strong, malty and somewhat unclean yeasty flavour. Again very dark roasted malt, coffee and ash. In my book this is a stout, there is far too little chocolate to be called a porter (ok, let’s not start the “all porters are stouts, and in the old days in London…”-debate all over again). There is a light fruity background, and a medicinal and solventy feel. The taste is moderate sweet and the long-lasting finish is moderate bitter and a bit unpleasant. The bitterness seems a bit out of style, and there is very little hops in the aroma and flavour to accompany this bite.
It’s got quite a full body for such a low ABV brew and the texture is oily. Although the carbonation initially was pretty fizzy, the beer very soon loses most of its bubbles and it ends up softly carbonated.
Conclusion: a bit dirty and unclean, and I suspect that there’s a little infection going on. Happy birthday!
Aroma: 5/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 4/10 Palate: 3/5 Overall: 8/20 Ratebeer score: 2.4/5.0