Extortionist Hazelnut Espresso Stout – Tin Whistle Brewing

From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Extortionist Hazelnut Espresso Stout”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of espresso, chocolate, hazelnut, roasted malts and sweetness.  The flavour is of big espresso notes, burnt malts, hazelnut, sweet toffee, chocolate and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 35.  This is a really enjoyable Stout with a ton of flavour keep up the good work Tin Whistle Brewing.

McCools Hazelnut Porter – Hearthstone Brewery

From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “McCools Hazelnut Porter”.  The beer pours a black opaque colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, hazelnut, creamy chocolate and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of hazelnut, nuts, burnt coffee, chocolate and some earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 25.  If you like hazelnuts and you like porters then you really need to get out and buy a 4 pack of tall cans!

Commercial Description:  The Celts believed hazelnuts gave one wisdom.  There is an ancient tale where nine hazelnuts grew around a sacred pool, dropping into the water nuts that were eaten by salmon, who absorbed the wisdom.  A Druid teacher caught one of these special salmon and asked a student to cook the fish, but not to eat it.  While he was cooking it, a blister formed and the pupil used his thumb to burst it, which he then sucked to cool, thereby absorbing the fish’s wisdom.  This boy was called Fin McCool and he went on to become one of the most historic leaders in Gaelic mythology.


Big Head Nut Brown – The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

From Canmore Alberta’s The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company comes their “Big Head Nut Brown”.  This Nut Brown Ale pours a reddish brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasty malts, caramel, nuts like hazelnuts and almonds and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, hazelnut and almond and an overall sweetness.  The alcohol content of the beer is 6%.  This is a very nice beer and I hope I will be able to get more of their beers in the future!

Commercial Description: This is a smooth, medium bodied classic brown ale.  A crisp mouth feel, with sweet caramel body, mild hops, and gentle finish, lend to the easy enjoyment of this beer.  Brewed from pale malts and four varieties of roast malts this beer has a pleasant malty character. Certainly not a stout, this is a clean, roast flavoured beer.  A great alternative to both the Red and Stout.