So many stouts, so little time with the California State Capitol Building in the background. Courtesy California Craft Brewers Association

So many stouts, so little time with the California State Capitol Building in the background. Courtesy California Craft Brewers Association

Episode 13: PArt two of the CCbA Summit

One wasn’t enough. We had to do two. Click HERE for the audio version and try to resist going out for a pint of ice cream. Go ahead. We dare you to try.

Claimstake Brewing Co Imperial Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake Stout

GOOD: really sweet, but with a dry finish, chocolaty as promised, kudos for the effort from this Rancho Cordova brewer.

Hen House Brewing Co  Oyster Stout

GOOD: Give it a chance. Hats off to some longshoreman ingenuity out of Sonoma County.

5050 Brewing Company Vanilla

VERY GOOD: Which, for a vanilla, is extraordinary. This Truckee brewery didn’t overdo it, and didn’t under-do it. Our first chat with a female brewer who can see into the future.

Benoit Casper   Export (Coffee) Stout

VERY GOOD: That’s (ben WAH), you uncultured swine. This Richmond coffee stout is very balanced and very good. I’ll have two, thank you. Hold the cream and sugar.

East Brother Beer  Oatmeal Stout

Excellent: almost an imperial, but in no way does this fall short in any way. Smooth, no aftertaste. Top of the line from this Richmond brewer.

Del Cielo  Foreign Export (Peanut Butter) Stout

GOOD/VERY GOOD: Not overly sweet, allows other flavors to come through for this Martinez effort. The aftertaste is off-putting.

Strike Brewing Foreign Export

FAIR: Bitter, boozy, lot of flavors, lot of coffee, Perhaps I am the uncultured swine in that I am not prepared for this effort out of San Jose.

Pine and Palm Brewing   Barrel-aged Stout

GOOD/VERY GOOD: Well balanced, very good taste, but the aftertaste brings it down. If this Fresno brewery could tighten that up, they have a winner.