Here’s a beer you may never see, dear reader, so apologies in advance if I tempt your taste buds with tales of this sudsy treat available only to a select few. For starters, the beer is only available in Georgia, so you have to live here or at least be passing through here to try it. Beer trades? Not gonna happen, folks: this one is draft only. If you do find it on tap, it will be at a Taco Mac, the only place that this one will be offered.
The beer in question is Sweetwater Bobblehead Bob’s Stout, a dry stout brewed for both the 35th anniversary of the Taco Mac chain of restaurants and the birthday of Taco Mac executive Bob Campbell. It showed up on tap at my local Canton Taco Mac, so I made a beeline there to try it before it was gone.
This is a drinkable enough stout that I found quite tasty of alcohol content 6% by volume according to Taco Mac. It was a reasonable $6, too, for a full 20 ounce mug, which was welcome indeed in these days of eve higher beer prices. Sweetwater continues to resist the urge to price gouge, and this beer was $1 cheaper than local Jekyl’s ‘Merican Amber Ale. It was a much better deal indeed than Alabama’s Back 40 Kudzu Porter, which ran an astonishing $6.50 for just 11 ounces of a 5.5% porter!
My mug of Sweetwater Bobblehead Bob Stout arrived a jet black color with a medium head formation of creamy tan foam and plenty of roasted coffee and licorice in the nose. Taking a sip, the beer has medium body with notes of chicory, chocolate, and more licorice there leading into a roasty and grassy herbal bitter finish.
All in all, an excellent dry stout I think, one worth checking out if you happen across it. Sweetwater has never actually brewed a stout like this, at least not that I have come across. It would be nice if they made this a regular addition to their lineup.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.