Sometimes a beer has such a confounding name you really have no idea what you're getting, and other times they really don't. Suffice it to say Stout by Titanic Brewery seems to fall into the latter category. This is actually the last of my Titanic beers selection which I bought myself for Christmas, and I'm hoping it wont leave a bitter taste in my mouth, or if it does it's a pleasant one. So far the Stoke on Trent brewery have produced a couple of excellent beers, a couple of poor ones, and quite a few, well that was OK ones. While the name of this one isn't inspiring I do like stouts so maybe this one will be a good way to finish my Titanic tour.
At this point the bottle is best described as samey. Titanic have a style and this is it, there's very little deviation, but it's 500ml and that's always a good start. Stout is described as 'Traditional, Roasted, Dry.' None of these words are exactly inspiring, but maybe Titanic are letting the beer do the talking. Similarly uninspiring is the 4.5% alcohol content, I'm not really sure you can get anymore bog standard than a 4.5 or 5% beer these days. I also find it slightly odd that the label is orange, that's just not a stout colour.
On the plus side once poured the beer is gorgeous. Stout is black, and I mean black, you really aren't going to see through this bad boy and that's just how a stout should be. The head is pretty much a perfect thick, dark cream colour, and it lasts really well. Can you tell I'm starting to think this beer might be decent after all? There's a smoky, roasted coffee beans aroma, with some plum and dark fruits lurking for good measure. This beer looks and smells amazing, I really hope it tastes as good as it smells.
It does. Stout is smooth, full bodied, dry, and smoky. I love it. Sometimes a smoky beer can overwhelm the senses, but this one is just mild enough that you can still taste the subtle coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit flavours behind the roasted goodness. There's no wonder this beer won bottled condition beer of Britain three times, it's spectacular. I even like the way the smoky taste lingers after you've finished the beer. I guess sometimes when a beer is this good you don't need to mess around with gimmicky names or fancy bottles. I really can't not give Stout from Titanic Brewery 10 out of 10, which means it makes my top beers list. Well done Titanic brewery, well done.