From Old Yale Brewing out of Chilliwack comes their brand new Nitro version of their “Sasquatch Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a creamy brown head that lingers. The aroma consists of roasted malts, earth and a smokey finish. The flavour is of big roasted malts, smoke, roasted coffee and a good bitterness hit. The beer has an amazing creamy mouth feel from the nitro. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. While this version of the beer tastes very different than its regular counterpart this one is very good and I hope they find a way to package it. In the least I hope they sell the kegs.
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.
From Toronto Ontario’s Mill Street Brewery comes their “Cobblestone Stout” a Nitro Stout in a can. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown creamy nitro head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee and a sweet finish muted by the nitro head. The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, earth, mild smoke and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.2% with an IBU of 30. As nitro stouts go you really can’t go wrong with this beer. The flavour is great and has a really nice creamy body.
Commercial Description: We produce a traditional Irish-style stout that is served using nitrogen to produce that familiar creamy pour. We use a mix of flaked wheat and roasted barley to create the beer’s classic creamy, dark character. Select imported nugget bittering hops are used to dry out the finish of this ale.