While in DC for Savor, I had this at the after party for Savor. The owner was clearly a huge motorcycle fan because he had some classics throughout the bar. This bar had a special beer menu for Savor and I saw this beer from DC Brau Brewery called Hell’s Bottom Stout Ale. Here is a little back story of this brewery. DC Brau Brewery was founded in 2011 and was the first brewery to package in DC city since 1956. The founded is Brandon Skall and the Brewmaster is Jeff Hancock. All their beers are packaged in cans which is a huge trend in Craft Beer World now.
This beer is black in the glass with not head to it. It has a nice chocolate smell. It has a chocolate to dry taste to the beer. The aftertaste is dry chocolate going on in it. This beer is kind of drinkable for being a stout. This beer is perfect for any seasons of the year. There are not too many stouts a beer drinker can say that about it.
Here is a description from their website (www.dcbrau.com):
Named after one of DC’s most notorious neighborhoods, Hell’s Bottom. Where in the late 1800’s there was little money, whiskey was cheap and virtually no police force. Enter Hell’s Bottom Oatmeal Stout. Brewed with a healthy amount of flaked oats, roasted barley and both chocolate and black malts. Hell’s Bottom starts with a heavy roast character that will definitely wake up the pallet. Followed by a small kick of bitterness contributed by Northern Brewer hops. Lastly, the flaked oats contribute a smooth, cream-like mouthfeel that must be tasted to be understood. With a medium to light body this oatmeal stout is one that drinks easy in the upcoming spring/ summer season.
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Coming to the end of the beer, I really enjoyed this beer. I wish I had time to stop by their brewery to see it and try some more of their beers. This is a very newer brewery and the future is bright by trying this beer and doing more research on them. I hope to try some more of their beers in the near future. I might just have to go back to DC just to visit this brewery. I love how they put their beers in cans then the same boring ass brown bottle. Cans protect the beer better then anything else that is out in the market. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser