Hello beer fans!
Hopefully you’re not tiring of my weekly “what’s new” blog posts. To change it up a bit here is a quick blurb about my recent stout tasting I hosted at the store.
We have just started out our first of four 2017 beer tasting seasons, and my first one is one of my favourites. Silky Sultry stouts has been a January treat for 3 years now, andit sells out each and every time.
18 guests, one host, 7 beers, and wooden boards filled with cheese and meats from our wonderful neighbor’s Peasant Cheese. How can a night like that go wrong!?
Here is the lowdown on the seven tasty, roasty, malty goodies we had on hand for this tasting:
Hey! Porter by Trolley 5: This stout tasting had a pretty intense lineup, so I figured we should start off with something on the relatively slow and mellow side. This light chocolaty porter hit this nail on the head. Not too filling, but with great body and a nice dry finish.(Currently sold out on our growler bar)
La Corriveau by Bilbouquet: Making use of oats to provide a more rich body and pleasant mouthfeel is not uncommon at all in the craft beer world. The decadent body of La Corriveau is made all the more rich by the heavy dark chocolate, molasses, malty notes. The richness meets a dead end though when it hits a moderate roasted grain and hop bitterness (in a good way). ($6.89 for a 500mL bottle)
By Udder Means by To 0L: This is a non-imperial stout made to be big bodied and dense by the addition of lactose. Though not coming across sweet, the lactose adds body and density to a style that demands it! Tons of coffee, milk chocolate and a generous roasted barley character. ($8.79 for a 330mL bottle)
Mocha Marlin by Ballast Point Brewing: A round, English style porter with chocolate and coffee added with a hint of vanilla. Medium dry on the palate, but full flavoured nonetheless. (currently out of stock)
Share This – Coffee by The Bruery: A fresh roasted coffee infused imperial stout like you’ve never had before. Burnt toffee, dried fruits and plenty of roasted grains combine with a warming coffee note and a dense sweetness to make an incredibly comforting and definitely share-worthy stout.($21.49 for a 750mL bottle)
Saurkirsche by Evil Twin brewing: An Imperial Stout made with sour cherries. A rich and chocolate filled roasty malt bomb. Elevated slightly from the tart cherries this is on the lighter side but still manages to have rich, fruitier tones with a hint of tartness cutting through through the dense stout. ($5.19 for a 330mL bottle)
Tenfidy by Oskar Blues: This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavours of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. ($26.49 for a 4-pack of cans)
Some of you may have sampled some of these in the past. Tenfidy itself has been in the province for 2 or more years now. I wanted to revisit a couple of favourites here and there just to see the staying power of some of these well respected juggernauts! As it turns out, at least some of them DO have the staying power. The first place favourite of the night was the Mocha Marlin by Ballast Point brewing, which is unfortunately sold out currently in our province. Stay tuned for the possibility of more! Tied for second place is the trolley 5 Hey! Porter, and Oskar Blues Tenfidy.
This solid stout lineup made for a pretty great way to kick off the first beer tasting season of 2017. I want to give a quick thank you to everyone who came out to join me, and once again thanks to Peasant Cheese! Make sure to check out the other 2 beer tastings coming in March, as they will really be something!