Yesterday was St Patrick’s Day, always a fun holiday for beer fans. While there is nothing wrong with a pint or two of Guinness or even a green colored lager, there are plenty of other appropriate beer options for those celebrating the “holiday”. I tend to lean towards stouts, in mid-March there is still plenty of nip in the air and a flavorful dark ale pairs well with some hearty Irish inspired food. I recently sampled some Geppetto, a milk stout brewed with coffee from Resilience Brewing Company. Resilience is an alternate label of Schilling Brewing in Littleton, NH. While Schilling specializes in traditional lagers and ales from continental Europe, Resilience brews American style ales like hop-bomb IPAs and adjunct laden stouts. A wide selection of beers from both the Schilling and Resilience brands are now regularly available in Massachusetts on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Resilience Geppetto pours nearly black with a solid light brown head. The aroma is a mixture of rich roasted malt and coffee. The malts lead the flavor, notes of milk chocolate, caramel and cookie dough. The is complemented by the lactose and coffee which are present but not overpowering. A touch of late earthy hops add some balance and keep the beer from being too sweet. Geppetto is medium bodied and very smooth, not too boozy at 6.3% ABV. The finish is rich with some lingering malt flavor and sweetness. This is a really well made stout, I look forward to trying more beers from Resilience and lagers from Schilling! Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.