Saturday, December 1, 2012


As if I don't blog enough, I've decided to create another blog that is dedicated exclusively to beer. Because life is too short to focus on only one beer a week.

If you've read my beer reviews before, this post will be a little different. The reviews will be brief, sticking merely to the facts about the beer. In other words, I won't ramble.

While most of the beer that I review will be from what I pick up at the LCBO or at Ottawa-area breweries, I'll also take a look at beer from wherever I can find it: be it across the border, in Québec, or across the other border, in the United States, I will focus on beer that is available to as big an audience as I can make it.

I will write a couple of reviews each week, as time allows. And, for now, I'll continue to write my regular weekly review for The Brown Knowser. We'll see how this experiment works.

To start, I want to look at one of my favourite styles of beer: stout. Imperial stout.
Mokah Imperial Blended Stout
Southern Tier Brewery, Lakewood NY
LCBO: $9.15; 11.2% ABV
Appearance: deep brown, with a creamy beige head that slowly dissipates.

Nose: intense chocolate malt with espresso undertones.

Palate: rich, sweet chocolate (I'm reminded of a chocolate malt shake) with subtle coffee in the finish; not so much a beer as it is a dessert--best shared.

Overall impression: someone at Southern Tier has a sweet tooth. This is only the third offering of this brewer that I've tried, and every one of them has been sweet. But because I don't drink them often, they are a treat. And with the considerable alcohol content, they aren't beers that you would drink many of in a single sitting. At a staggering 11.2% ABV, I was surprised at how the alcohol didn't come through like a sledgehammer. It was detectable, but not overpowering. This stout is complex but well-balanced. Delicious.

Rating: 4/5

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