The final review coming out of my visit to Idle Hands last weekend takes me back to a beer I’ve mentioned on the blog before. Way back in December 2015, while Idles Hands was brewing at Night Shift’s facility, I had a sample of this and found it somewhat perplexing. Since I had a chance to try it again, and in the process reboot my stout season, I figured I might as well.
Beer Name: Check Raise
Brewer: Idle Hands Craft Ales
Description: Listed as a stout featuring notes of coffee combined with pine and citrus. My tall 16 oz. serving cost $7.50.
Appearance: Poured the expected black body topped off by about a finger-plus of light tan foam.
Smell: Primarily roasted malt with a mild fruity sweetness lingering in the background.
Taste: Fairly strong roasted coffee notes throughout, though there were definite peaks at the start and end of the beer. There was a bit of citrusy sweetness in the middle, but I found it mostly overshadowed by the opening and then buried by the finishing combination of roast and piney bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with roughly a moderate amount of carbonation. It took on some creaminess as it was left to sit
Hype: I was just really curious to try this out again as a full pour.
Overall: Didn’t hate it, but I don’t think I would get this again either. An interesting concept, kind of like a pale ale/coffee stout hybrid, that wasn’t really enough of either. The roast came on a bit too strong for my preferences and in combination with the piney bitterness was just a bit much.