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It’s always nice when Santa leaves a beer or two under the tree.  He certainly outdid himself this, though most of the offerings probably aren’t going to show up here for a little while.  This one, however, had caught my eye before the Holiday began so it got to be one of the first I opened up.

Beer Name: Stoutello

Brewery: Knee Deep Brewing Company (Auburn, CA)

Style: Milk Stout

ABV: 6.0%

Description: Per the website, this stout was brewed with cacao nibs and lactose.

Appearance: Poured the expected black body with a foamy light tan head.

Smell: Roasted hazelnut coffee.

Taste: Started out with a mix of hazelnut and bittersweet chocolate before taking on a creamy roast coffee taste.  The finish was fairly dry and dominated by a strong roasted/smoked hazelnut presence that stuck with me for a bit after the sip.

Mouthfeel: Body was on the thinner side of medium and slightly slick.  Minimal amount of carbonation.

Hype: I wouldn’t call it hype necessarily, but I did see a lot of this beer on social media, mostly from bottle shops advertising their wares.  I am guessing this was in large part due to the attention grabbing little critter on the can.

Overall: This started out promising but quickly lost me pretty quickly on account of the very strong finish.  Just too much hazelnut flavoring for my tastes and it blew away all the other aspects of the beer.