In Perry's words, his Session Ale was "the best beer the British never made."
I loved that ale and drank it every chance I got, which meant that I spent a lot of time at the Arrow & Loon pub.
I miss that beer.
As I became more and more familiar with various styles of beer, my preference leaned towards stouts and porters, one of my favourites again being Perry's porter (pee-pee, for short), Black Irish Porter.
While I've never wondered what a beer would taste like if a session ale and a stout were combined, I now never have to wonder, because I've now tried one.
Grognard Session Stout (3.8% ABV)Appearance: dark brown—almost black, with a lush, creamy taupe head that creates peaks as it settles.
Beer O'Clock rating: 3.5
Nose: coffee, tobacco, and is slightly herbal.
Palate: rich coffee and cedar; definite hops that come to a clean finish.
Overall impression: I'm surprised at the body, given the low alcohol level. It's a good, well-balanced session ale mixed with a light stout.
This is the first beer that I've had from Bellwoods. Sadly, it's not available in the LCBO. It's availability seems limited to the Toronto area: specifically, the brewery. Luckily, my wife was in TO last weekend and brought me back five different offerings from the brewery.
My first "session" was a success and I can't wait to try the others. And, if this brewery gets its ales in the LCBO, I will surely be a regular customer.
I also give points on it bringing my memories back to my early days of enjoying craft beer.