Archive for the Stouts Category

WINTERBEARD: DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY STOUT

Posted in Flavoured Beers, Reviews, Stouts with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Muskoka Brewery,  Bracebridge, Ontario

  • 8%ABV
  • Very deep rich black with a slight red tinge to it, descent head holds up well.
  • Heavily roasted aromas come off right away with the chocolate working it’s way in there a little.  No sign of cranberry on the nose.
  • Wow great flavour on this one!  Very smooth, with a light sweetness from the chocolate and malt.  Balancing the sour/tart of the cranberry well.  Very pleasant roasted notes as well for an excellent overall balance
  • None of the flavours asserting themselves too much making it extremely well an balanced beer.
  • Finishes clean with an enjoyable lingering roasted flavour.
  • Definitely worth checking, unanimous favourite of everyone who tried it, also very reasonably priced at $10 per 750ml bottle at Co-op, perfect for sharing!

VERDI IMPERIAL STOUT

Posted in Reviews, Stouts with tags , , , , , on January 20, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Birrifico Del Ducato, Italy

  • 10% ABV
  • Brewed with chili peppers and aged for six months in oak whiskey casks.
  • Thick, luscious, tan coloured head floats upon a blinding black stout.
  • Strong black licorice aroma, heavy molasses and alcohol are also detected on the nose
  • initial tastes is a malty richness,then comes in a  slight chili pepper tingle on the tongue, but not spicy.
  • Flavour is round-up with a tangy sour red fruit finish.
  • Creamy and coating mouthfeel.
  • No extra bitterness in this beer, more of a sweet stout.
  • Although stouts are generally more enjoyable when poured on draft, this is an excellent bottles stout. Give it a try.
  • Available for sale at Willow Park in Calgary

LA VACHE FOLLE IMPERIAL MILK STOUT

Posted in Reviews, Stouts with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Microbrasserie Charlavoix, Baie St-Paul, Quebec

  • 9%ABV, 10 IBU’s
  • Beautiful tan coloured head, very thick, creamy and foamy. Holds up excellently, until the finish.
  • Black brew, just like coffee.
  • Very slight roasted aroma
  • The flavour is bold! Same peaty smokey flavour, you would associated with scotch. With an addition of sweet dried cherries.
  • Nice creamy smooth mouthfeel, likely attributed to the addition of lactose to this stout.
  • Again, another fantastic beer out of Quebec. Microbrasserie Charlavoix products are available at many fine beer merchants around the city.

MAPLE STOUT

Posted in Flavoured Beers, Reviews, Stouts with tags , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Cannery Brewing Co., Penticton, British Columbia

  • 5.5% ABV, brewed with natural maple syrup
  • Pours a black brew with a tan coloured head that dissipates quickly
  • As soon as the cap comes off, the maple aroma almost knocks your pants off!
  • We equated the aroma of this beer to Quakers Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal, or maple syrup on buckwheat pancakes with a cup of joe.
  • It starts off sweet, but mellows out to a dark roasted coffee, bitter finish.
  • We tried this beer with some crispy bacon strips. We even added it to the beer like a garnish. The bacon fat added another creamy dimension to the beer and the salt opens up the taste buds to make this beer even more enjoyable.
  • The mouth feel is very creamy and syrupy. It coats the mouth and tongue and sticks.
  • I think this beer has great culinary potential. From pancakes, to bbq salmon, or baked into a coffee cake are a few suggestions that might be good to try.
  • This maple stout, and other Cannery Brewing products are available at Willow Park in Calgary.

LA CORRIVEAU

Posted in Reviews, Stouts with tags , , , , , , , on November 27, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Bilboquet Micro-Brass., St-Hyacinthe, PQ

La Corriveau is a very popular murderous tale in French Canadian folklore. Marie Corriveau is said to have violently killed up to 7 of her husbands, accused of being a witch, and sentenced to hang at the top of the gallows in an iron cage. This oatmeal stout promises to be at least as dark as the soul of Madame Corriveau. For more on the folklore of La Corriveau read this.

  • 5.5% ABV
  • Pours a deep, dark, black colour, “darker’n a black steer’s tookus on a moonless prairie night” -the dude. Black, like a cowboy takes his coffee.
  • Big, voluptuous, tan coloured head. That’s not going anywhere soon.
  • There is a big earthy, chocolate and espresso aromas.
  • Smoky cigar flavour, also huge amounts of black coffee and a touch of date sweetness. Roasted oats also comes through strong on the aftertaste.
  • Creamy mouthfeel, that totally coats the entire mouth.
  • This is a really great stout! Not overly strong on the alcohol content, not overly bitter. Nicely balanced. Tastes great and easy to drink. Doesn’t make you feel super full.
  • I would drink this again and again. This is our first beer from Bilboquet, and after trying it, we are very excited to try their other offerings. Pick up this stout at Zyn.

OLD RASPUTIN RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT

Posted in Reviews, Stouts on August 11, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

North Coast Brewing Co, Fort Bragg, California

  • 9% Alcohol Content
  • Creamy Head, like the crema on a good espresso
  • Hearty flavour, not overly bitter
  • Sweet, lingering finish
  • We would drink this one again