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Judge's Review: 90 Rating - Shannon Hazelnut Chocolate Stout by Shannon Brewing Co.

November, 2019
Judges Rating: 
90
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Shannon Hazelnut Chocolate Stout by Shannon Brewing Co. is a Sweet Stout with hazelnuts, judged as BJCP Category 30A, Herb, Spice, and Vegetable Beer. 

This beer's aroma is rich and chocolaty, right off the bat. There are no detectable hops. As it warms, it becomes very nutty, and there is a trace of cocoa powder. It pours a deep, dark brown color with tan head that doesn't linger. The flavor is characterized by a roasty richness, with a not-overpowering chocolate taste. It is moderately bitter and finishes strongly roasty. This beer has a medium-full body, and is carbonated slightly too highly. Overall, this beer is more complex than most other examples of the style, making it well worth a try.

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