Sun King Ring of Dingle Irish Stout
Appearance: Very dark brown. In the glass it looks black until held to the light. Aggressive pour results in a dense, 2 finger, khaki colored head. Slowly settles into a thin velvet layer that looks like brown felt on top of the brew. Clings to the glass really well. The appearance on this one is really nice.
Smell: Roasted Java. Vanilla. Chocolate and Belgian-like malts. A hint of smoke. Nothing is overpowering. The wafts are nice, but a bit faint.
Taste: Roast, but not nearly the java notes that I got from the nose. Smooth, but a little bland. Vanilla notes come through more than the chocolate or the malt. Faint smokeyness.
Mouthfeel: Slightly over-carbonated. Smooth. Medium body.
Overall: Not the best offering from Sun King, and definitely over-priced, but it’s worth a try if one has never had it. It looks amazing, and tastes very smooth, but it’s far from rocking my world.