Outcast Last Minute Stout

Reviewed by on June 13, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Outcast Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 13, 2018

  • Best Before: canned May 1, 2018

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Calgary’s Outcast Brewing has released another biggish stout, this time with the Nutella (sorry, generic hazelnut chocolate spread) angle.

This 473ml can pours a clear (I believe), very dark brown colour, with prominent amber edges, and three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some splendid layered and webbed lace around the glass as it slowly but surely dissipates.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, vanilla extract, a hard to define earthy nuttiness, mild black stone fruity notes, faint anise spice, and some plain leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a hint of biscuity toffee sweetness, medium chocolate wafers, a bit of free-range ashiness, those dry vanilla cookies from when I was a kid, still kind of plain nutty esters, and more laid-back earthy, musty, and gently lit-up floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly tame in its workaday frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of char getting stuck in a few of my various palates, apparently.  It finishes off-dry, the mixed adjuncts still badgering the lingering malt about top billing.

Overall – yep, the vanilla, hazelnut, and chocolate all make noticeable appearances here, however; nothing that really resembles Nutella (I can say it) emerges from the mire.  It’s a well-flavoured stout, don’t get me wrong, but maybe if decisions weren’t made at the last minute, a more cohesive product would result, just sayin’. #justkiddingiknowitsmarketing

Brady White

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