“Sligo Extra Stout was awarded the Champion Stout at the 2015 Australian Craft Beer Industry Awards. It is a big, dark, roast beer as it should be – brewed in tribute to the Export Stouts of old but with a modern craft approach. Layers of dark chocolate and roast coffee character with a strong hop bite. Clean and drinkable for its size but a good winter warmer just the same. Named after the great west coast Irish County Sligo, Sligo Extra Stout is for the lovers of all things dark.”
Appearance: Mat black with a big and puffy two and a half finger head. Excellent retention and tonnes of lace sticking to the glass as it ebbs.
Aroma: The first thing we notice is the almost black IPA nature of it… obviously the stout characters dominate but it’s super hoppy! Lovely blend of piney and citrusy hops weave through the rich and somewhat dry roasty notes. Cordial hints of chocolate, coffee, toasty malts and light roast are basic yet finely executed. Diggin it!
Flavour: Really hitting those black IPA notes again – piney, citrusy and kinda earthy hops burrow their way in to the dry, gritty and roasty notes of chocolate, coffee, mild char, burnt toast and very mild smoke. It really dries out midway and delivers a dry and slighty creamy finish with lingering roast, piney and earthy hops for days.
Mouthfeel: Dry, slightly soapy with mild-medium bitterness. Moderate body. 7.6% ABV is very well hidden.
Overall: Hitting all the right notes…it really shows that dry foreign export stout quality. Four to the floor stout but in true Foghorn fashion it’s got an American twist with those piney and citrusy hops. Solid drop.