Everyone knows nothing goes together better than a huge Italian meal and a dry stout, right? Okay, maybe not. But I got my first chance to try Wild Wolf’s Dry Stout while waiting for dinner at Bella’s in Charlottesville over the weekend. Considering the amount of pasta I eventually consumed it is a good thing the old adage “meal in a glass” often used to describe stouts does not apply to this brew. The relatively lighter taste and body of this stout give it a degree of drinkability that should keep it on your list of beers to try in the near future.
Dry Stout, Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nellysford, VA)
Dry Stout, ABV: 4.1%
Presentation: Draft pour into a pint glass.
Appearance: Black, thin brownish-white head dissipating medium fast.
Taste: The best word I can use to describe the overall taste of this stout is…smooth. From a slightly malty and sweet initial taste to a finish that blends flavors of roasted coffee and hops, Wild Wolf’s Dry Stout never tries to overpower.
ABV/IBU: Wild Wolf Dry Stout’s lower ABV and IBU of 35 fall right into line with this beer’s mild taste. Making this beer stronger or hoppier would take away from the smooth taste I found to be its defining characteristic.
Overall: Allow me to start my summation of this review with two confessions: 1) my two favorite types of beers are IPA’s & stouts 2) Before drinking this beer I have been mostly underwhelmed by Wild Wolf’s beers. Hopefully their excellent dry stout is a sign of things to come and serves as a lesson to other up and coming breweries by showing that you don’t have to do too much to create a deliciously drinkable beer. This light in body, smooth in taste, and simple in style dry stout is available year-round from Wild Wolf Brewing Company so grab one before, during, or after dinner this summer.