Old Yale Screaming Banshee Irish Cream Stout

Reviewed by on May 25, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Old Yale Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Chilliwack, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 25, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Milk Stout

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Screaming Banshee Stout comes to us from Chilliwack, BC, and is part of Old Yale Brewing’s Tall Tale series, and obviously aimed at Irish Cream fans, as it seems to be their base (and award-winning) Sasquatch Stout on steroids (and Irish Cream).

This 650ml bottle pours a solid, light-destroying black, with the barest of basal cola edges, and three chubby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly pale brown head, which leaves some decent cobwebbed lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of lush medium-sweet chocolate, well-creamed coffee, caramel malt, toffee, a bit of the ol’ Irish whiskey (did they really dump Irish Cream into this?), and subtle earthy and leafy hops. The taste is rich, yep, Irish Cream (I’m not going to break that one down), milk chocolate, caramel nougat, subtle cafe-au-lait, a bit of root beer syrup, some tame, but adequately supportive earthy hop bitterness, and a further touch of bristling bit stoutish alcohol. The carbonation is moderate in bearing, providing a standard frothy measure, the body a heady medium-heavy weight, quite smooth, and more than a tad creamy, duh. It finishes on the sweet side, the cream, chocolate, caramel and booze all so cuddly that it makes me wanna puke. Note: I do not actually want to vomit after drinking this beer.

More of a one-trick gimmick pony (maybe that’s a real thing), than an appreciably well-made stout, however, when your adjunct is Irish Cream, and the base beer is a chocolaty shout in the vein of this brewery’s own Sasquatch offering, I’m willing to process a whole whack of cognitive dissonance on the matter. Tasty, rounded, and very dessert-like, so much so that I’m not snarking any more at their serving suggestion on the label.

Brady White

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