Quantum Brewing Company- San Diego (Kearny Mesa)
As a former student of quantum mechanics at SDSU, I enjoyed the science theme at Quantum Brewing and names they are giving their beers. When I visited this San Diego nanobrewery the other day I had a flight of tasters with cool quantum theory-related names like Hadron Wheat (named after the Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful atomic particle collider), Pale’s Constant Pale Ale (I’ve never heard of this constant), Anti-Matter IPA (named for material made of anti-particles), and my favorite, Singularity Stout (named after the center of a Black Hole).
Not only was Singularity Stout (6.96 ABV/19.52) my favorite name, it was also my favorite beer of the flight. Although the other beers were enjoyable and tasty, my palate gravitated toward the Stout’s end of the flight spectrum. Here is my impression of this fine brew:
Black in color, it had an off-white foam head with excellent retention. Aromas of roasted coffee, caramel, and a little citrus smelled wonderful. It had low sweetness, medium bitterness, and mellow flavors of caramel, chocolate, and roasted coffee. Its mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth, and creamy. The distinctive dry-roasted bitterness in the finish, so important to this style, was evident. Overall, this beer is crafted well and deserves a high grade from anyone, especially a science teacher, who tastes it.
Strong beers like this Stout should be paired with foods that have strong flavors. I would pair this brew with roasted, smoked, or barbecued meats, salty foods, fresh or baked oysters, hearty stews, and chocolate cake. It would also go well with vanilla ice cream for dessert.