Siding 14 Coal Pusher Stout

Reviewed by on March 29, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Siding 14 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Ponoka, AB, CA

  • Rated On: March 29, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Stout

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

I wonder how this one is supposed to differ from the Taking Your Minutes or Firebox stouts?  Also, do ‘modern’ locomotives actually still use coal?

This 355ml can pours a fairly solid black hole, with subtle amber basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent broken cobweb lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of lightly roasted, bready and doughy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, some muddled dark orchard fruitiness, faint cafe-au-lait, and very tame earthy, musty, and floral hops. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, medium-dark chocolate chips, an ethereal wispy smokiness, milky and vanilla-accented coffee, and more understated leafy, weedy, and piney green hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its structurally sound frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with just a smidge of wet ashiness perhaps marring the surface sheen here.  It finishes off-dry, the caramel, cocoa, and coffee essences predominating in their lingering stances.

Overall – this is certainly a well-made and enjoyable version of the style, nice and roasted and full of flavour.  Also, an aptly named offering, as I feel a little bit like Siding 14 is getting quite good at dealing me the black stuff!

Brady White

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