Pours an opaque black with small amounts of carbonation through the glass. The head is thin and tan, and fades away very slowly to a very thin lacing.
First Sip: Mostly dark malts, with some mild coffee and dark chocolate flavours. A faint fruit flavour shows up when the glass warms a little. The after-taste is a mild bitter dryness. Mouth-feel is smooth and maybe a little thin, with a mild carbonation tingle on the tongue.
This is missing the strong flavours you expect in a stout, but it is still a nice brew to quaff. I could certainly drink this all day.* Definitely a good one for smoked meats, or a mild curry, or fish and chips. Or just about anything you care to mention. Cheese, for instance. Cheap cheese, out of date. With a hint of Vegemite because it was on the knife I also used on my breakfast toast. I know it is highly unlikely for anyone else to hit that combination, but this beer goes with that. It's a very nice (and versatile!) beer. Even the beer burp is nice.
* or until I put on wobbly boots and fall over
4 Pines Stout
4 Pines Brewery
Same again sir? Yes please.