From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout” 2015 Vintage something I have been sitting on for a while. The beer poured an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of molasses, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, brown sugar and sweetness. The flavour is of molasses, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, earth and even hints of milk with alcohol in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 11.9%. This beer was phenomenal and I hope to try it again some time soon!
From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Udder Domination Imperial Milk Stout”. The beer pours a black opaque colour with a light brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, some espresso, milk and sweetness. The flavour is of chocolate, mild roasted malts, some earth, espresso, milk and some sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.9% with an IBU of 30. While this is not an overly complex Imperial Stout it is still quite tasty and worth checking out if you find it in your local liquor store.
Commercial Description: Roasted, creamy, bovine. The Udder Domination is an imperial milk stout with flavours of creamy dark chocolate and roasted malts. It’s shipping now in BC and will be showing up on shelves soon in Alberta and the Yukon. The Udder Domination is a perfectly balanced milk stout that combines flavours of dark chocolate, cappuccino, and roasted nuts with a slightly sweet, creamy finish. We only made one batch so get it while you can!
From Ridge Brewing Company in Maple Ridge comes their “Black Mamba Milk Stout” a beer that has lactose in it. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of chocolate, lactose, mild roasted malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, lactose, earth, nuts and chocolate. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 27. Milk stouts have a really nice creamy body and it really goes well with the flavours that come with a sweeter stout.
I do not know much about the Minhas Creek Craft Brewing Company of … either Regina, Saskatchewan or Winnipeg, Manitoba but they put out a Bunny Beer Sampler Pack for Easter and I couldn’t resist the gimmick. I am weak. There are four beers and I’m going to to try to review one per day of the Easter long weekend. I know this is going up on Saturday but I started writing on Friday so I’m going to say it counts.
To start off with, it is a nice, dark stout, looking black with no light coming through. The head is a deep brown with large bubbles. If you are looking for a stout this looks like a stout.
The scents are heavily of cocoa and, very nicely, the subtle fruity notes that really good cocoa and chocolate can have. Basically there is chocolate, cherry and blackberries on the notes but there are more complex notes I haven’t been able to tease out yet.
The flavours have a lot going on. There is, of course, chocolate/cocoa but the predominant taste is actually tart fruit, almost like a gooseberry. There are some nice coffee flavours underneath and a little milky sweetness. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for a stout with this much flavour with a little tickly carbonation.
From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Nutty Uncle Peanut Butter Stout”. I did not know what to think when I picked this bottle up even though I had tasted a test batch of the beer as I really don’t like peanut butter cups. The beer poured a dark opaque brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, peanuts and chocolate. The flavour was of roasted malts, bitter coffee, chocolate, peanuts, mild hops bitterness and a lactose finish. The beer comes in at 6.1% with an IBU of 24. This beer is like taking a shot of espresso with a bowl of peanuts and chocolate. If you like all those things then you will like this beer. Luckily for me I really liked this one and how it all came together.
Commercial Desciption: A creamy milk stout brewed with 10 premium malts, roasted cocoa beans, and peanut butter. Flavours of roasted chocolate and coffee make way for smooth hints of peanut butter and a slightly sweet finish.