Kelp Stout – Tofino Brewing (Tofino, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Kelp Stout – Tofino Brewing, 6% ABV – 650ml, (Tofino, BC, Canada)

On the front side label:

“If there’s one sentiment that’s constantly repeated among craft beer drinkers it is, ‘This beer is good but it needs more seaweed!’ If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times. Well folks, message received. Tofino Brewing Company presents to you the Kelp Stout. A dark, rich, full-bodied ale brewed with locally harvested kelp, giving it a unique umami-type quality to this complex beer.”

  • Style: (Kelp) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste Profile: Salty roasted malt brown sugar coffee soy sauce
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $8 (after 5% off) – 650ml, March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: KELP! I need somebody… Pours super dark brown with a small quickly dissipating head, not much retention, lots and lots of fast activity.

Nose: sweet brown sugar malts, mild roasted coffee. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming med dark malts

Mid-palate: immediate seawater saltiness, tingly-fizzy, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar malts, light roast, cola, mild soy sauce

Finish: lingering salty, malty, soft bitter hops, malty sweet/salty finish.

Summary: It has the saltiness of the sea but not quite the seaweed or “vegginess” of kelp. Overall the stout is okay, a nice twist, but not that memorable.