That thumbs up is for a number of things: C’est What, afternoons off and cask ale (but not necessarily in that order). There were four cask ales on offer, so it was a tough choice but the Neustadt Texas Tea Stout won out primarily because it was new to me. It was a dark brown stout, but still with some transparency. Stouts and porter are always a bit strange at first when they’re from a cask as I’m accustomed to a certain level of carbonation and creaminess, so I’m not sure if it was a little thin or just a surprise to my tongue. The start was full of roasted malts, chocolate and mulled fruits, with a bitter finish reminiscent of black tea. Very sessionable, especially from the cask. I’m a bit surprised Ratebeer has it as a sweet stout, as it seemed closer to a black IPA, though with the bitterness coming from the malts instead of hops. Either way, a tasty offering from Neustadt.
Today: 550mL. Year-to-date: 59.91L.