Black Hawk Stout - Brewed & Bottled Mendocino Brewing Co., Ukiah, CA
I didn't know if it was beer or tar I was pouring out of the bottle. The head is tan, but doesn't last very long because the fizziness of the beer makes it go away real quick. The first thing I thought of when I inhaled the aroma was "hickory barbeque." Fortunately, this is one of those beers that gets better as it warms up. There's a little caramel in there to help balance out the barbeque. A little bitter, too. Pleasantly so. Surprisingly, it's not as filling as other stouts. I think I could drink one of these and still have room for a piece of chicken and a bit of salad. Not much more, though.
Not as good as Amstel Light for burping contests ... even though it is a little fizzy.