Oatmeal Stout – 4 Mile Brewing (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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Oatmeal Stout – 4 Mile Brewing, 4.5% ABV, 40 IBU, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)

on the back label:

“Navy Gravy: Ireland without the plane ticket. Long lacy knickers with a bubbly disposition. Head’s in a cloud of froth. Dry wit meets poetic justice. A lively companion to corn beef & cabbage, lamb stew or mushy pleas & humble pie.”

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  • Style: (oatmeal) Dry Stout
  • Taste: Sessionable slick roasted malt off-dry coffee chocolate
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @ Hastings/Burnaby
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., January 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: probably better out there, this is decent though

Visual: Waxed cap with their company stamp, classy. Pours midnight black with a small fine head, a thin layer of ultra-fine retention, tight clusters of micro streams here and there.

Nose: sweet roasted malts, cola, coffee. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: oily-slick, deep caramel malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)sweetness, (MAIN) burnt coffee, bitter roast

Finish: controlled sourness, deep roasted malt exhale, light burpy, nutty, dark chocolate finish.

Summary: Good overall balance and clean flavours; very sessionable, stealth ABV. I’m surprised at the decent fullness of body.

Dry Stout Sauternes Edition – Mikkeller (Denmark)

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  • My Rating: A

Dry Stout Sauternes Edition, 4.1% ABV – 375ml., brewed and bottled at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium (Denmark)

Dry stout aged in Sauternes Barrels

  • Style: (Sauternes) Barrel-Aged Dry Stout
  • Taste: Balanced fruity off-dry roasted woody coffee malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $12 (5% off) – 375ml, March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: possibly
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours dark cola brown with a small creamy head, a decent layer of retention, not much lacing, some slow micro streams around the perimeter.

Nose: mellow burnt sour roasted malt, woodiness (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: watery-thin/non-oily, micro bubbly-tingly

Mid-palate: immediate light-med sour w/ fruity grape, (lvl-2)-sweetness, hint of funk, (MAIN) roasted malts, caramel, coffee

Finish: woody, coffee, clean malt finish.

Summary: Unbelievably sippable. It wasn’t the flavours that wow’d me but the sheer drinkability and complete balance that it exhibited instead.

Shamrocker Potato Stout – Granville Island Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Shamrocker Potato Stout – Granville Island Brewery, 4.8% ABV – 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

On the front-side label:

“Get ready to rock out to this dry Irish stout. With amped up tones of roasted coffee, it’s a medley of Celtic proportions.”

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  • Style: Dry Stout
  • Taste: Roasted malt burnt coffee cocoa
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 650ml., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Part of the ‘Black Notebook Series‘. Pours ultra dark brown/black with a smallish quickly dissipating head, barely any lacing, lots of micro streams.

Nose: roasted burnt malts (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming roasted malts

Mid-palate: airy, fizzy, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) roasted caramel malts, burnt coffee, cocoa

Finish: tingly-fizzy mouthfeel, potato, roasted malted light bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Decent flavours, a little thin bodied in the mid to finish. Just a little too tingly-fizzy for me.

Cobblestone Stout – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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  • My Rating: D+

Cobblestone Stout – Mill St. Brewery, 4.2% ABV – 440ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)

on the back of the can:

“Our nitrogen-charged dry stout is an exercise in smooth. With deep roasted, smoky palate and a crisp, lingering hop note on the finish this is a stout-lover’s stout. Traditionally low in alcohol and calories this classic pub ale is a gift from our brewers to you.”

  • Style: (Nitrogenated) Dry Stout
  • Taste: Thin-watery flat roasted sour malt w/ coffee
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off) –440ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no way

Visual: Aluminum can. Pours ultra dark brown/black with bubbles clinging near the bottom-base of the glass, virtually no head, a very thin ringed retention, almost no activity other than a few bubbles surfacing.

Nose: medium roasted malts, burntness. (lvl-6)-pungency.

Attack: thin-watery, sharp nitrogenated mouthfeel

Mid-palate: med-high sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness (MAIN) roasted malts, coffee

Finish: roasted coffee exhale, bittersweet malty finish.

Summary: The watery mouthfeel coupled with the almost flat mouthfeel put me off on this one. Flavour of roasted malt is ok but texturally unbalanced on the sour side.