In this special beer blog, we are to finish up the Bell’s Brewery’s Planet Series with Neptune The Mystic Stout. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery. Let us get into this stout.
It has a jet black color with a tan color head at first but disappears over time. The aroma has a chocolate to sweet maple syrup notes. The taste has a ton of complex notes. There is a nice chocolate that is smooth. There is a touch of pepper but faded. The aftertaste has a slight burn from peppers that is building up over time. This is a sipping beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
This is one of a seven part series inspired by Gustav Holst’s Musical composition “The Planets.” Strap in and embark on a flavor tour of our solar system – in the order of Holst’s piece. Mars to Neptune.
Here is a description from their website (www.bellsbeer.com):
Tasting Notes: With Neptune, our Planets Series comes to an end. Inspired by one of Larry Bell’s old homebrew recipes and the music of Gustav Holst, this complex, strong and spiced Imperial Stout offers prominent herbal notes along with flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, licorice/anise and pepper with a touch of heat. Reminiscent of a mystical creation brewed in days gone by, this beer is a good candidate for aging due to the robust characteristics of its ingredients.
SPICES: Star anise, dried cayenne, raisins, dates, black pepper, hickory bark, dandelion root, nutmeg, grains of paradise, fenugreek seeds and dates
Also brewed with maple syrup, molasses and cane sugar in addition to hops and malt.