Welcome to Tried and True: a weekly segment featuring a different beer that I’m trying for the first time.
I tried A LOT of new beers this week. Six in fact. Ever since I finished writing my service piece on beer types, I’ve felt decidedly more open to and excited about all the beer out there. On Tuesday, I went to Alphabet City Beer Co. (Avenue C & Sixth St.) for their Mardi Gras celebration. They had five Abita beers on tap plus Bayou Teche’s Crawfish Saison. I tried Abita’s Mardi Gras bock and had a sip of the Crawfish Saison (it was spicy!) but I was truly taken with Abita’s 25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog.
I was surprised to find that it was a dark ale and not a stout or a porter but that’s exactly why its taste wasn’t heavy on the tongue or the stomach. The vanilla flavor combined fantastically and I truly taste it from sip to swallow. In terms of color, the Vanilla Doubledog is incredibly dark and nearly black with a gorgeous light brown head. It was my first and last beer of the night and I couldn’t have been happier.
The Verdict: If you really and truly believe that you don’t like dark beers or you’re wary of stouts and porters, this dark ale is for you. It’s creamy without being thick, it’s filling without being heavy and it’s got a high gravity to boot! I urge you to try this dark ale if you get a chance. Especially if it’s on tap. It’s an absolute dream.
- Alc/Vol: 7%
- Style: Dark ale
- Bottle: 22 oz. bottle
- Available on draft: Yes