Mike Hess brewing is known for widely palatable beers. St. Patrick’s Day is an occasion for special releases. This past holiday they released a cask of Hooligan Irish Stout (5.5% abv). It poured black with a nice cap of smooth tan head. Aromas included lots of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts and just a hint of coffee. The drink was smooth, not served too cold and creamy. Medium body and light carbonation lead to an equally smooth finish, with mostly bittersweet flavors trailing. None too interesting, but still festive.