The Beer for Saint Patrick’s Day

double-stoutBeer Review: Green Flash Double Stout
Style: American Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.8%
Drink if you like: bitter dark chocolate, french roast coffee, leprechauns and Irishmen/women. 

The Feast of St. Patrick has been observed by the Catholic Church since the early seventeenth century. This official Feast Day was originally designated to commemorate St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland, though this day has taken on more of a secular meaning in the last century. Now celebrated with a plethora of festivals, parades, and green clothing, St. Patrick’s Day in America has become a day of partyin’ it up* as well as a changing of seasons.

*Catholic faith and Irish roots not required

Arkansas Beer Blog would like to suggest that you skip the green beer this year and reach for something more pleasing and palatable. It is well within our power (we Googled it) to appoint an Official Beer of St. Patrick’s Day 2013, and we will do so now. Ladies and Gentlemen, we introduce to you:

Green Flash Double Stout
[queue fireworks, applause, and tiny Leprechaun doing the Harlem Shake dancing a jig]

We trew in a'ittle irish art fur ya!
We trew in a’ittle Irish folk art fur ya!

We chose this beer for a variety of reasons. Green Flash Double Stout is double-dark, double-creamy, double-satisfying, double-balanced, and double-damn-good. Let’s kick this party off:

Green Flash Double Stout pours black with three fingers of mocha foam that creates a beautiful, enduring lace. Once this beer opens up, we are met with the inviting smell of chocolate cake, roasted grains, and smoky coffee. This is one of the most well-balanced Stouts we’ve had in some time. The taste mirrors the aroma with a surplus of silky chocolate, roasted malts, and caramel that sits well on the tongue. These flavors subtly transition to tastes of bitter coffee, smoke, and dark chocolate. The smooth and creamy mouthfeel adds to the gratification of this wonderful beer.

A lot more can be said about this beer, but for the sake of brevity, trust us on this one. Swing by your local store and pick up a 4-pack of Green Flash Double Stout this week. Crack one open and thank St. Patrick and Green Flash for their good works.

We gave this beer 4 diamonds:
4diamonds

You can find this beer at the following honorary Irish-for-St.-Patty’s-Day locations:

Colonial Wine and Spirits – Little Rock

Dickson Street Liquor – Fayetteville

Lake Liquor – Maumelle

Hillcrest Liquor and Fine Wines – Little Rock

The Bottle – Fayetteville

Flying Saucer – Little Rock

Liquor World – Fayetteville

Springhill Wine and Spirits – North Little Rock

Old Chicago – North Little Rock

Friendly Liquor – Fayetteville

Big Orange – Little Rock

Tanglewood Branch – Fayetteville

Vino’s – Little Rock

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