Beau’s Tom Green Summer Stout
Reviewed by Brady White on August 3, 2017 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
- Origin: Vankleek Hill, ON, CA
- Rated On: August 3, 2017
- Best Before: packaged May 26, 2017
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Pale Stout
- Rating: GOOD !
This 600ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent layered cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.
It smells of roasted artisanal coffee, bittersweet chocolate, mildly soured milk, a minor oily nuttiness, and some very tame earthy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, more pleasantly rounded fancy coffee, dry cocoa powder, oatmeal with brown sugar, semi-sweet lactose, an ethereal dark orchard fruitiness, stale bar-top nuts, and some still well understated earthy, weedy, and musty floral ‘verdant’ hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its simple punch-clock frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the oats and cocoa go a long way in making it just so. It finishes off-dry, the malt and milky esters keeping this one in the zone.
Overall, it’s always a bit jarring to reconcile what I’m tasting with what I’m seeing when I have a pale stout, which seem to often be coffee-flavoured, to boot. That said, this is a very engaging and enjoyable version of the style, no matter what it looks like (which is quite craft Pils-like, IMHO). At any rate, worth checking out, both for quality, and for shits and giggles, I suppose.