Sapporo is not a craft brewery I know but they do make some small batch beers that they only sell at the brewery in Hokkaido, Japan. Steve went to Japan recently and brought back a bottle of their “Oyster Black” a Schwarzbier to share. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a light brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke and a mild metallic note that is normal form Oyster beers. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, mild metallic, salt, earth and a semi sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. I don’t ever reach for beer from Sapporo but if you make it to Japan make sure to head to the brewery and pick up a bottle of this beer as it is very enjoyable.
Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing presents an homage to the Troller Pub, the first modern craft brewer in BC: the Troller Bay Ale.
A burnt orange colour with red highlights and a red tinted white head this is a really attractive beer, especially for fans of red ales.
The aromas are a great blend of malt and chocolate with a sharpness that is probably from the hops. And scent almost like malt balls comes at the end with a candied or burnt orange scent.
A velvety mouthfeel leads into a chocolatey orange with a nice metallic undertone. I say metallic as a positive, it accentuates the flavours and adds a sharpness to flavours that would otherwise be muddled. A bitter herb note comes as the beers hits the back of your tongue and is such a drastic change from the start of the beer. A very nice drinking experience as you change back and forth between a great sweet flavour profile and then to a bitter one.
O’hare’s Beer Club February 2013 Box
From Dublin, Ireland’s Porterhouse Brewing Co comes their “Oyster Stout”. This stout pours a deep black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, sweetness, coffee and caramel. The flavour was of roasted malts, sweetness, coffee, caramel, salty and some metallic notes. The alcohol content of this brew is 5.2%. There was something about this beer that just did not work for me. I am not a fan of seafood such as Oysters but there is not a real oyster taste per say but just something did not work for me. This is a highly rated beer though and the top selling beer of a great brewery!
Commercial Description: Rapidly becoming our best selling stout. A superbly balanced brew, smooth and rounded without being bland. More sweetness derived from fresh oysters shucked into the conditioning tank, what a way to go!
But of course not suitable for vegetarians.