It may not seem like an act of hubris for Saint Archer Brewing to release its American Stout, but consider that the company is labeling it as its first seasonal ale. The mere fact that it's designated as seasonal rather than a one-time release is basically announcing to the world that they'll not only be around this time next year, but this beer will drive that ongoing demand. If Saint Archer weren't potentially right about that, it could come off as awfully arrogant.
The American Stout (8.3-percent ABV, 48 IBU) is basically a photo negative of most of Saint Archer's standard offerings, which tend to the pilsner and pale-ale edge of the continuum. It's a cola-brown ale with a thin, cratered head. The aroma is focused on earthy scents and coffee grounds.
I'm immediately struck by how strong and true the dark chocolate flavors are in this beer. They emerge cleanly and even dominate briefly before the coffee and mint flavors subsequently take over the palate. If you enjoy a well-hopped stout, this is the stout for you.
This brew will not be bottled any time soon, so head to the tasting room if you're itching to give it a try. If that's not reason enough, Saint Archer's new "Coffee Brown" series (created in small batches across three different coffee beans) should be additional motivation.