The Beavertown Holy Cowbell India Stout (5.6% ABV) was an interesting little beer to me. Firstly, it’s called an India Stout which a new term to me and secondly it was a beer from Beavertown I hadn’t tried before.
Out of the can, it pours a nice thick dark black colour, with a light tan head. The aroma I got was quite fruity and hoppy, with a little hint of coffee and malt. On first taste I got a lot of hoppy bitterness upfront, this followed up with a really nice roasted malt backbone. There was also a fair amount of light smokyness on the taste.
As I think many people have said, this beer should probably be categorised as a Black IPA rather than a stout (I guess they do too, that’s why they call it an India Stout). It’s got a fantastic hop profile up front and lovely roasty backbone. It’s good, but then Beavertown themselves brew in my opinion an even better BIPA in Black Betty.
Overall, a really nice session-able beer that has a nice mix of hoppy goodness and roasted malts.
Source: The Bottle Shop, Bermondsey
Score: 3.5 / 5