Skillet Donut Stout is brewed by Burial in Asheville, NC and has become one of my favorite coffee stouts to enjoy when I can get my hands on it. Being that I’m in Georgia I don’t get my hands on the brew often enough. I took a little trip up to Asheville a couple of weekends ago and scored a 4 pack of the Skillet Donut Stout (should have bought a 100 pack) along with some Bolo Coconut Brown ale. I enjoyed a few pints and played a little corn hole on the breweries back patio.
Recently I headed to north Georgia for a day hike up Blood Mountain and ran in to some unexpected but welcome snow fall. I packed some snacks for myself and my dogs as well as a Skillet Donut Stout for my summit victory beer.
We hiked 2 miles up the mountain and reached the snowy summit; my dogs and I walked into the mountain top shelter to find my beer and jerky while taking a break from the wind. With all the snow and cold wind the Skillet Donut Stout was a perfect compliment to the weather, warming me up with every 8% abv sip. I cracked open the beer and headed back outside to climb up the large boulders for a better view.
We hung out for a bit but my Boston Terrier was getting chilly so we shared some jerky and headed back down the mountain.
When you crack open a Skillet Donut Stout you are quickly greeted with substantial aroma of fresh brewed coffee. The brew pours an opaque black with very minimal head and mild lacing on the glass. It smells wonderful but the flavor is even more amazing; the beer bursts with huge coffee flavors trailed by rich dark chocolate notes and a mild sweetness. It has a clean and roasty finish that just begs you to take another sip.
Overall this a delicious well balanced brew. The mild sweet cocoa flavor plays very well with the roasted malts and robust coffee flavors. Even at 8% it is really sessionable with no real boozy flavor. I can’t endorse this brew enough, if your in Asheville I highly recommend that you swing by Burial and give it a try.