GP Brewing Blow Out Stout

Reviewed by on May 30, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: GP Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Grande Prairie, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 30, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: English Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Blow Out Stout is GP Brewing’s most recent arrival on Alberta bottleshop shelves, in its own sixers, and as part of their (thoroughly, I might add, and good on ’em) mixed packs. Some wildcat oil drilling imagery in the branding here, perchance?

This 355ml can pours a fairly dark, red-brick brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some random sudsy ejecta lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of toasted wheat and gritty barley, a twinge of bitter cocoa, subtle day-old cafe-au-lait, and very tame earthy, leafy, and musty hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, some genial free-range ash, bittersweet chocolate, ephemeral dry-roast coffee beans, some plain and inoffensive milkiness, and a still hard to really get a handle on earthy and weedy hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its low-key and mostly just supportive frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing really poking its head in to make a party-pooping ass of itself, as such. It finishes off-dry, the toasty caramel and chocolate notes striking black gold, or something to that effect.

Overall, an easy-drinking, on the sweeter side stout, no real hop incursions to be feared here, with an equal lack of any manifestation of that extra point of alcohol, which makes for a mildly dangerous session offering, unless you’re in the market for getting blown out, I guess. Good stuff.

Brady White

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