Into the Black Stout – Off The Rail Brewing


From Off The Rail Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Into the Black Stout” an Oatmeal Stout.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, toasted oats, coffee, earth and some bitterness.  The flavour is of toasted oats, roasted malts, coffee, earth, hint of chocolate and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 36.  The Oatmeal Stout is a really nice refreshing style of beer and this one hit the spot tonight.

Commercial Description:  Smooth, rich, creamy and lots of roasty notes is how we describe our Oatmeal Stout. A mild hop bitterness with a touch of sweetness from the oats addition of the recipe. Like our Porter and Golden Cream Ale, poured from a creamer tap. 4.8%

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Into the Pale Ale Black and Tan – Off The Rail Brewing / Persephone Brewing


After getting my hands on a tool called The Perfect Black and Tan I had to give it a shot.  I picked up “Into the Black Stout” from Off The Rail Brewing in Vancouver and “Persephone Pale Ale” from Persephone Brewing in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast.  I have dubbed it “Into the Pale Ale Black and Tan”.

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The beer poured a deep golden colour on top with an opaque black colour on the bottom and a very light brown head.  The aroma was obviously dominated by the pale ale on top but consisted of floral hops, roasted malts, tropical fruits, coffee and some oats.  The flavour started with tropical fruits, citrus, caramel and floral hops but transitions with every sip into toasted oats, roasted malts, coffee, earth and some mild chocolate.  The alcohol content from the Stout was 4.8% and the Pale Ale was 5.5% so it was somewhere in the low 5% range.  While the colours were not quite as apposing as I would have liked for this black and tan the flavours actually worked quite nice together.  Maybe not the perfect black and tan but a pretty tasty one none the less.