So It Begins...
A Review of St. Stephen's Green by Mystery Brewing Co.
Posted on 4/29/2012 by Chops
                   
Great
For avid beer fans, variety of selection is a very important aspect of any local beer scene. When a new brewery opens its doors, it can create a double edged sword. Breweries rarely strike gold right out of the gate and their beers need time to gain character. So when the Mystery Brewing Company recently opened right down the road from me in Hillsborough, NC, I had to resist the urge to burst through the front doors Hulk-smash style screaming, ''show me to your brews for ye shall be judged!'' Kidding of course, but you get the idea. On a recent trip to my favorite local pub, I saw that Mystery's St. Stephen's Green Dry Irish Stout was on tap. The time had come to test the waters.

In the glass, this brew is stark black with no edging. It comes with a frothy tan head that dissipates quickly. On the nose, I picked up a general sweet roast character consisted with coffee and dark chocolates. So far so good, pretty standard intro for the style.

The mouthfeel is what immediately caught my attention with the first sip. The hop profile is slightly elevated and adds a nice tangy quality to the malt without rendering the beer too harsh or chalky. The result is a decently smooth vibe. My only criticism would be that it drinks somewhat thin, but has no impact on flavor so it's a mild complaint. The flavor closely matches the aroma with a sweet dark roast consisting of a nondescript coffee and hints of dark chocolate. The finish is dry and exits with a mild roasted flavor.

Overall, the St. Stephen's Green Dry Irish Stout is a very nice beer. Mystery nailed all of the core traits and there is no mistaking it for anything other than a Dry Irish Stout, so they definitely stayed true to the style. Dry Irish Stouts are known to be easy drinking versions of the stout family, and this one is no exception. I can recommend this beer to most beer fans, novices included. It's smooth, flavorful and approachable with only a hint of aggression. I like to think of it as a Guinness with balls. So at this point, the Mystery Brewing Company has my attention and I look forward to trying more of their product line. Welcome to the scene my friends and I wish you much success! Cheers!

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