Française Stoubic by Meilby Brewing, Stout, 8.1% ABV, 70 IBU.
This is why I love tasting home brews! Not that the funky Française Stoubic is the best beer I’ve ever had, but it’s unusual, interesting and, at least in my book, very inventive. And that’s what home brewing is all about.
It pours a totally opaque pitch black body topped by a large, creamy, dense and brown head that is very long-lived. When I finish my glass there is still a layer of foam left, and lots of lacing is clinging to the glass.
The aroma is rather strong and is a complex mix of sweet, sour and acidic elements. The barnyard-ish wild yeast notes are the first thing I notice, followed by roasted parts. It’s not as heavily roasted as the black colour indicates, but it’s a lovely contrast to the yeast. There are also some faint coffee notes. It’s quite vinous, rather red wine-like.
In the mouth the Française Stoubic is a joyride: first it’s quite sweet, then I notice a certain sourness and some quite obviuos acidity. Then the palate gets a short break while the full-ish body with the thick, creamy and smooth texture massages the tongue and I get some really nice fruity notes mixed with dark roasted stuff. Then I swallow and BAM!, after a second or so a tongue-twisting acidity kicks in and threatens to dissolve the enamel of my teeth. Flavours include red wine, barnyard, leather, oak and faint coffee. The alcohol is very well integrated. The finish has a very pronounced red wine-like tannin dryness, it’s bordering on astringent, but in this crazy beer it works well.
Conclusion: a fun and different beer that in addition to its novelty is really tasty.
Aroma: 7 Appearance: 4 Taste: 7 Palate: 4 Overall: 13 Ratebeer score: 3.5