Here's my first attempt at really evaluating a beer, been drinking them for 30 years but never got much further than "I like it" or "I dont like it"
I received from AmandaK(B) and the first beer I tried was her American Wild Stout. Here are my thoughts in no specific order, just thoughts that came to me as I went through the glass:
Amanda’s American Wild Stout:
Flavors of Molasses, Currants, mixed berries (Not a big fruit eater, so can’t be more specific)
Slight coffee notes, Great funky, sour taste, but no bretty barnyard flavors; bretty cherry pie?
Deep, dark, black colors, opaque with maybe a hint of red at the edges
Light carbonation, good 1 finger head falling to just a ring (my glasses?) Little to no lacing (again, my glasses?) but head does cling to glass above beer and slowly subsides after each sip. Tiny carbonation bubbles persist throughout the glass
Head has a nice beige to brown color
medium mouthfeel, dry but not overly so
Aroma: sour even in the nose upon first pour, No hop aroma or flavor to my senses, maybe a faint banana ester
Semi-strong alcohol warmth and flavor on the back end
I really did enjoy this beer, and Amanda says it has won many awards, hopefully my assessment is not too far off base, but I would not be surprised to find that my untrained palate and evaluation skills were just not up to the task. Thank you very much Amanda, I will get back as I try more of your beers