BNS is located in Santee, a dusty town situated in a dry valley a few miles east of San Diego.
This brewery - with its gunslinger motif - was looked down upon by the more trendy "surfer dude" breweries in San Diego, but this all changed in September 2015 when BNS won the coveted Gold Medal in the American IPA category at the Great American Beer Festival; their Revolver IPA (6.5%) beating 335 other entries.
This was followed by another Gold at the 2016 GABF - this time, Ole Prospector Red Ale (5.5%) in the Red/Amber category AND a Silver Medal for Gatling Gun in the Imperial Stout category.
So, Gatling Gun Imperial Stout, served in a pint glass at the BNS taproom. Pouring pitch black with an aroma of dark roasted coffee, the body was hefty, solid and creamy.
Rich flavours of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate were accompanied by nutty, vanilla notes. Chocolate and coffee stayed for the duration. It was surprisingly aggressively hopped in the finish, which really complimented the toasty flavours. The hop presence in this Stout clearly made it stand out, which clarified for us humble stout-pilgrims why this was a Gold Medal winner.
We were told that some variations of Gatling Gun are on the way...we can't wait.