Central City Brewers & Distillers out of Surrey have taken on a different kind of challenge with The Hobbit series of beers. These beer are not their own creations but a brewing and distribution deal through MGM and (from my own understanding) Fish Brewing (USA Version) and BevLink LLC. Three beer have been released as part of this series including the “The Smaug Stout” a Russian Imperial Stout. The beer pours a n opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee and some mild chocolate. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, burnt coffee, sweetness, hint of fruit and a mild warmth from habanero chillies. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 65. This is a big beer and the chillies do add a kick to the beer but I found it to be quite refreshing. This beer may be a huge surprise to non craft drinkers trying to ride the Hobbit bandwagon but the series is big just like the beer.
Commercial Description: is styled after a classic Russian Imperial Stout, but with a subtle hint of Habanero chilies to remind you of the fire and danger awaiting Bilbo and to the Company of Dwarves in their journey to The Lonely Mountain. Pronounced notes of coffee and chocolate balanced with Northwest Hops and a touch of heat produce an exceptional imperial stout, a worthy reward for your hard-fought journey.