Apologies for the long absence. Long work hours and some personal issues have kept me away, but I am making my return for 12 Beers of Christmas 2015. Once again, my awesome wife has bought be 12 surprise beers to give me over the course of 12 days. So, without further ado… 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1.
Producer: No-Li Brewery
Region: Spokane, WA
Style: Coffee Stout
Appearance: Pitch black, foamy white head
Aroma: Subtle roast, coffee
Virginia Pour House Notes: The first beer of Christmas this year is one I have never had. It’s from No-Li Brewery in the Pacific Northwest. Rise and Grind is a coffee stout that checks in at around 6% ABV. The aroma is not strong on this beer, but I pick up notes of roasted coffee and dark malts. The taste is sweet up front with a creamy smooth body and nice subtle bitter coffee bite in the finish. Very balanced, with not too much coffee and no unpleasant bitterness. Pretty solid beer from a small brewery.