Mill Street Black Watch
Reviewed by Brady White on January 25, 2016 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Mill Street Brewery
- Origin: Toronto, ON, CA
- Rated On: January 25, 2016
- Best Before: bottled December 22, 2015
- ABV: 6.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Scotch Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 355ml bottle pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy beige head, which leaves a thin wash of spectral tree branch lace around the glass as it gently falls away.
It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, some treacly toffee, a smoky nuttiness, mild black orchard fruity notes, and plain earthy and leafy hop bitters. The taste is quite consistent with the aroma – more softly roasted caramel and toffee-accented malt, some generic sweet nuts, a red plum and bruised apple fruitiness, still rather tame earthy and kind of musty hops, and a tinge of metallic alcohol. The carbonation is adequate in its understated and generally supportive frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and fairly smooth, with a growing creaminess as things warm up a bit. It finishes edging on sweet, with the caramel/toffee thing a real going concern, and the lingering fruitiness aiding and abetting.
Overall, a tasty enough offering, what with the robust sweetness and soft bittering offset. However, it lacks that extra punch to the sporran that one might expect for the style – so, with apologies to the old poet, as my words may seem inelegant – this particular stew would by no means make a pig sick!