It seems that whenever a conversation about the best breweries in the USA comes up Boulder, Colorado's Avery Brewery will be mentioned. Though I am not a complete novice of the finer hops, malts and barley's out there sometimes the selection in my town is not the widest (though it is getting way better than it was...At least this place is improving at SOMETHING) so it wasn't until somewhat recently that I've had a good selection of their stuff readily available to me.
Almost black in color with waves of a ruby hue when you hold it up to the light. A nice roasted barley is the first thing that noticed in the smell followed by something like an irish cream and coffee scent. A way inviting introduction that almost instantly takes my thoughts off the cold wind I hear whipping outside. Though the scent is very appealing I'm not going to get my hopes up just yet. I fell for the trick about a week or so ago with my last delving into the stouts then got really bummed out with the taste.
No dissapointment here though. A nice dark roasted coffee taste right up with a bit of cream running through through it and some hazelnut flavor in there as well. Since this is a dry stout there is a hop thing in the end but the slight bitterness that comes from it is balanced out with the brew's initial flavors. A medium body that set it's apart from that watery backend that Guiness type darks have but not that thick neck/hairy knuckes heaviness that some of the "extreme stouts" a lot of mirco's are mixing up. I still haven't immersed myself into a many of Avery's beers yet to make the call that they are one of America's top 5 brewery's yet but everything I've tried by them so far has been something damn good.