Begyle Brewing Company: Flannel Pajamas Stout


Begyle Brewing is a Community Supported Brewing Company located right down the street from me in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago. What started with a damn fine Kickstarter to raise enough money to buy their unique counter-pressure growler filler has turned into a full fledged microbrewery. Borrowing from the ideals of community supported agriculture, Begyle offers up growler subscriptions to customers as the basis of their operation. Their counter-pressure filler is key to this. Most growlers are over filled to ensure no oxygen is left in the bottle, which can lead to beer loss. The counter-pressure filler reduces beer loss and increases the life expectancy of each growler by evacuating the custom made growlers with CO2. The growlers are then filled from the bottom with the beer of your choice, and sealed. All in about 30 seconds. It's pretty damn nifty. However, I went the boring route and picked up a bomber of their Flannel Pajamas Stout.

Style: Winter Stout
ABV: 5.4%
Serving type: Bottle
Availability: Rotating

Appearance: Blacker than a moonless midnight.
Aroma: Coffee and chocolate come through the most with some roasted undertones.
Taste: About what you'd expect from the smell. Roasted coffee and chocolate throughout.
Mouthfeel: Thick yet silky.
Overall: A damn fine stout, but nothing over the top about it. The silky mouthfeel was maybe my favorite thing about it. Incredibly drinkable for such a warm and toasty winter brew. Not a ton of depth to the flavors though. Should you pick this up you won't be disappointed, but you won't be blown away either.

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