Priorities People, Priorities
A Review of Sweet Potato Stout by Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Posted on 2/6/2013 by Chops
There are certain events in a beer geek's life that just need to happen. You don't fight them, question them, or let them slip away to scheduling conflicts. They are calendar anvils that need to be met. Maybe there is a highly coveted seasonal brew being released. Maybe a world renowned beer expert is swinging into town for a lecture. Or maybe, your local beer store is hosting a Bell's Brewery tap takeover. This was the notice I recently received from Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC, my local craft beer wonderland. This was also the moment when my dentist appointment got rescheduled. Priorities people, priorities. Up first on this most glorious of menus was the Bell's Sweet Potato Stout.

In the glass, this beer has a deep dark brown coloration that is almost black. It has a slight muddy brown edging that gives it a thick appearance. It comes with a creamy tan head that likes to stick around for a while. On the nose, I found a pleasant malt roast and plenty of sweet potato. It's actually a very straight forward beer. Based on aroma alone, this is most certainly a sweet potato stout. Bell's isn't beating around the bush with this beer, so I wasted little time before diving right in.

The savory roasted malt provides solid foundation without being aggressive or chalky. The sweet potato flavor acts more as a malt compliment than primary trait, allowing other notes like caramel and dark fruits to emerge. There is also a note of milk chocolate that adds a delightful sweetness to the mix. This beer is a smooth easy drinker that you can enjoy all day long. Every aspect of this beer is warm and welcoming, down to the pleasantly sweet roasted aftertaste.

Overall, the Bell's Sweet Potato Stout is a fantastic session beer. It is very straight forward and easily digestible. Consequently, I recommend this brew to novices above anyone else. It perfectly showcases how unique flavors can greatly enhance a good beer. Seasoned drinkers will love this brew as an endlessly enjoyable session beer. This is one of those beers you come across that seems highly deliberate. I am confident that the talented brewers over at Bell's thought to themselves that the essence of a sweet potato would compliment a stout quite well. They planned it, flawlessly executed it, and reaped the rewards of being right. So once again I have to tip my drinking hat to the Bell's brewers. You never cease to amaze me with your delectable arsenal of fine brews.

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