Snake Lake Commodore Stout

Reviewed by on March 28, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Snake Lake Brewing Company

  • Origin: Sylvan Lake, AB, CA

  • Rated On: March 28, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Snake Lake Brewing comes to us from Sylvan Lake, the popular recreational destination west of Red Deer – this stout is so named after the ‘Honorary Commodore’, who was appointed each year to lead a series of events on the waters of Snake Lake, back in the day.

This 355ml can pours a pretty solid black, with subtle amber basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly brown head, which leaves some attractive defrosting back window pattern lace around the glass as it quickly beats it outta Dodge.

It smells of bready and grainy caramel malt, toasted breakfast biscuits, a further free-range ashiness, bittersweet cocoa powder, ethereal cafe-au-lait, a hint of dark orchard fruitiness, and some plain earthy, musty, and floral hops.  The taste is lightly roasted, gritty and grainy caramel malt, medium nutty chocolate, some berry-forward fruity esters, day-old coffee grinds, and more understated leafy, earthy, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with maybe a touch of char getting a little too handsy with my grill here.  It finishes just a tad off-dry, the cocoa and roasted caramel contending with a heady lingering bitterness.

Overall – this is yet another pleasant and engaging offering from this new Alberta brewing concern.  Lots of flavour abounding, not too sweet, and not too bitter – just right.  On that note, I feel like being a hibernating little bear right now, what with the Spring snow that’s been falling all bloody day!

Brady White

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