Picaroons Timber Hog

Reviewed by on March 7, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Picaroons Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Fredericton, NB, CA

  • Rated On: March 7, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Irish Dry Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Picaroons is a craft brewery from the province of New Brunswick, and Timber Hog is their interpretation of an Irish Dry Stout, and fancy that, available just in time for St. Paddy’s Day!

This 500ml bottle pours a rather solid black abyss, with subtle red cola basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and fairly creamy brown head, which leaves some spewing volcano effluvia lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet milk chocolate, roasted caramel malt, singed dark sugars, a bit of slightly off milkiness, faint black orchard fruit, and plain earthy, leafy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, bitter cocoa powder, day-old cafe-au-lait, muddled berry-like dark fruity notes, a hint of free-range wet ashiness, and more understated (but they’re there) leafy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness. The carbonation is nice and active in its gently probing frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and perhaps a bit too clammy to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes off-dry, but not by too much – the roast and the hops keeping a stern but loving eye on the proceedings.

Overall, a generally well-made version of the base dry Irish stout style, with the roast maybe held back for the sweetness-craving North American palate. Easy to drink, and man, maybe it’s just me, but I could really go for some salty bread or lamb stew right about now!

Brady White

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