From Phillips Brewing Company in Victoria BC comes their “Odyssey Nitro Porter” a canned beer with a widget. When you open the can there is quite the hiss from the Nitrogen being released. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a creamy milk chocolate brown. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate and a sweet finish. The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, mild coffee and caramel. This could possibly be the most creamy canned nitro beer I have had. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. I find many nitro beers have a muted flavour although this one has quite a bit of flavour and I quite enjoyed it.
Commercial Description: Odyssey is infused with nitrogen gas, creating cascading clouds of tiny bubbles that give way to thick dense foam. Warm roast flavours with accents of nuts and dark chocolate.
From North Vancouver’s Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers comes their “Smooth Criminal Nitro Stout”. To properly release the Nitro carbonation you need to pour this beer from well above the glass and straight upside down (I did not pour vigorously enough). The beer pours an opaque very deep brown with a light brown head that should cascade if you poured it correctly. The aroma consists of chocolate, coffee and oatmeal. The flavour is of milk chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, earth and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This is a well made stout with lots of flavour I just wish I had poured it better.
Commercial Description: While stealing the hearts of the innocent, this Oatmeal Stout begins with a rich roasted malt and light espresso aroma. Don’t be afraid as the milk chocolate and sweet malt characters send a warming feeling throughout your body. With a captivating smooth mouth feel and creamy texture, This SMOOTH CRIMINAL will have you coming back for more! Sláinte!
Food pairing as per the brewery: Oysters, Sharp Cheddar, Bison Burgers, Banana Bread, Vanilla Ice Cream Floats.