There is a lunar eclipse tonight and the darkness has me inspired to drink a stout. A stout called The Poet, from New Holland Brewing Co., which has a label depicting a raven in front of the moon. Of course, this label in turn inspires my choice of glass for this beer,`a pint glass with words of Edgar Allen Poe:
"Filled with mingled cream and amber, I will drain the glass again. Such hilarious visions clamber through the chamber of brain; quaintest thoughts, queerest fantasies come to life and fade away: what care I how time advances? I am drinking ale today."
The beer I am tasting this evening is quite tasty stout; dark as night with perhaps a slight hint of ruby towards the bottom of the glass, a beige head that falls slowly, leaving clouds of foam behind and a wonderful aroma of burnt charcoal and espresso. The flavors in this beer range from coffee with cream, to a slight port-like character, then a vanilla accent leading to a roasted coffee finish laced with a little tannin and a drying bittersweet finish.