Every local brewery has a story, but few places have a story as good as this one. Started by two US Army Veterans who served in Iraq, Young Veterans Brewing Company has sprouted a strong following deep in Hampton Roads. Luckily, they have a good relationship with a few restaurant owners up on the Peninsula, and I have enjoyed 2 of their latest batch. The one we are looking at today is their American Stout Night Vision (yep, they all have names that cool) and we thought it had a nice flavor for it, and worthy enough for a full review.
Night Vision American Stout, Young Veterans Brewing Company (Virginia Beach, VA)
American Stout, ABV 6.0%
Presentation: Draft pour into pint glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black, hazy becoming clear towards top of pour, off white to light brown head, little to no head, dissipates almost instantly.
Taste: Malt and chocolate upfront, finishes clean, but borders on too clean. The balance is there between heavy and light, but would like it to have a more lasting flavor profile afterwards. Also, if you really are looking for it, it almost has an unfiltered taste to it, like there is some cocoa bean grit to it. I had no problem with it, but some may not.
ABV/IBU: As mentioned, it is very balanced, and the ABV is right where it needs to be for a stout like this. IBU is around 46, but drinks a little lower than that. A lot of the bitterness feels and tastes that it comes from the chocolate than hops.
Overall: If you are looking for a classic American Stout, this should be on your list. It is closer to an Oyster Stout than an Oatmeal Stout, so it’s good enough to enjoy pretty much year round. I would like to see some more of the flavor profile throughout the entire sip, but it is a great choice that won’t wear you down too much.