V. Latte – Gitwe by Bearded Iris Brewing

If you’ve been following my Instagram, then you’ll know my buddy Niles recently got me into Bearded Iris Brewing out of Nashville, Tennessee. And if you haven’t been following my Instagram, what the hell is the hold up? I will say I am in kind of a transition at the moment. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, my wonderful wife and I have made the life-altering decision to move to Florida. We’ve loved Florida for years and are just now getting to sample some of what the Sunshine State has to offer for craft beer, and it’s glorious. However, I’m in between both homes at the moment, so my life is in kind of disarray. Regardless, I’m still trying to get some content out there on the blog and on Instagram, but some days it’s difficult.

IMG_20180923_151438Enough about my problems, let’s get to this awesome beer. It makes me sad that I have never been to Bearded Iris and now that we’re moving, it may be a while before I get a chance to sample tap fresh beer from this up and comer. As I said, if you’ve been following my Instagram (Love me, please!), you’ll see I’ve been gushing over their New England IPA’s. Man, are they good. So, when my buddy Niles sent me home with some Bearded Iris beer, I was pleasantly surprised to see this one.

V. Latte is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout at 9.4% ABV brewed with Gitwe Coffee roasted by Crema Coffee Roasters, also from Nashville. Again, if you’ve been following this blog, you know I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal stouts. However, let me explain why this beer is different: coffee. This beer has a ton of coffee on the nose. The head is tan and thick but it dissipates quickly leaving no lacing in the glass. The mouthfeel is medium-thick, borderline thick. The coffee hits your tongue first and explodes in luscious bitterness before finishing sweet. This beer has some fruitiness on the back end. It’s sweet and the more it warms, the sweeter it tastes. The sweetness comes through on the nose as it warms as well. I don’t get much vanilla from this beer, as Bearded Iris suggest, but it’s very tasty and worth checking out. I want this on tap. Hell, I want a 4-pack of this marvelous beer. And now I want this coffee. Damn you, Bearded Iris. I now have a new obsession…like I needed another one…

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