Holy crap! It’s been two and a half years since I’ve had a beer from this Canadian brewery. I don’t know if they’ve lowered distribution, but I barely see them on the shelves in Jersey any more. Let’s see if this overdue reunion is a good one…
Style: American Stout
Trivia: According to Sheltonbrothers.com, “Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.”
Random: It’s also been about a month since I’ve had a beer of this style.
This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly. But, it left limited lacing on the glass. The body was black in color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with cocoa and vanilla primarily. Roasted malts were also there, but I didn’t pick up any bourbon (I wish I had). The taste was not as smooth as I expected. It had some bitter, roasted malts up front. It smoothed out with vanilla and cocoa. Light coffee came through at the end of the sip. It had a thin body with moderate carbonation. The beer ended with a long finish of bitter and roasted malts. For a beer that I found to only be alright, it was expensive at $6.99 a bottle ($.58 per ounce). Given the price point, I won’t be having this one again.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0