From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Holy Smoke Stout” a smoked stout. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brownish head. The aroma consists of roasted malts and some smoke. The flavour was 0f smoke, roasted malts, pete and some hops bitterness. The alcohol content came in at 4.5% with an IBU of 24. Being someone that does not enjoy smoked beer I will admit that I was a bit worried about trying this stout. Luckily when I did try this beer I realized it was just enough smoke to add some flavour. This was an amazing beer!
Commercial Description: “Dry Stout” is an off-shoot of the “Porter” beer style. Porter was a mass produced beer style originating a couple hundred years ago in London, England, where the water was suited for dark barley malts, and hop flavour and bitterness was a growing trend. Porter was brewed to give sustenance, strength, and energy to London’s working class. The Porter style brewed in Dublin, Ireland by Arthur Guinness became darker and heartier, and focused less on hop flavour and more on the roasted flavours from the dark barley malts. Soon many breweries were brewing their own stout, and stout became historically prescribed as a healing tonic and health drink, especially for seniors and pregnant women. Our Holy Smoke Stout is stylistically unique: a marriage of the Dry Stout style and the German “rauchbier” style. For thousands of years all beers had a smoky flavour because the only way to dry barley malt was over a fire. Recent industrialization removed the smoke flavour from beer, except for a handful of German malting companies that still smoke their malt over a traditional beech wood fire.