09 Dec

Red Rocket Stout | 24 Days of Beer: Day 9

Day 9 - Red Rocket Stout - Sawdust City

Don’t let the calm black body fool you, Red Rocket is full of fire


Brewery: Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Style: American Stout
ABV: 5.2%      IBU: 35

This fantastic stout pours a pitch black with a thin head of tan foam. The head has some retention, dissipating to a thin ring as you drink. The aroma is dominated by coffee roasts and light caramel malts with a somewhat creamy note. Hints of burnt toast and a touch of cinnamon round out the scent.

Surprisingly mild for about half a second, Red Rocket Spiced Coffee Stout immediately reminds you that it is a spiced beer. Strong cayenne and cinnamon flavours explode, dominating the flavour throughout. A touch of vanilla and cream round it out and accentuate the creamy chocolate malt backbone. A very solid stout with great character, this is a real treat for spice lovers. A medium body prevents it from becoming too heavy while a prickly spice aftertaste persists long after each sip.

4 and a halfcat

Mike says:

Spice is nice!

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08 Dec

French Press Vanilla Stout| 24 Days of Beer: Day 8

Day 8 - French Press Vanilla Stout - Double Trouble

The only way to drink French Press Vanilla Stout is in large quantities


Brewery: Double Trouble Brewing Co.
Style: Stout
ABV: 4.8%      IBU: N/A

This exceptionally drinkable stout pours black with a medium covering of lasting tan head that leaves some lacing. Rich vanilla dominates the aroma with a backdrop of strong, bitter coffee and just a hint of sweet toffee.

French Press Vanilla Stout tastes pretty much exactly how you would expect with strong vanilla notes and a fantastic coffee and chocolate malt backbone. Not an overly complex beer, it does what it does very, very well. A medium body and somewhat prickly carbonation make this somewhat thinner than one might expect from a coffee stout but the lasting bitter aftertaste is just what you would expect.

4 and a halfcat

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21 Jun

Craft Beer Passport: Second Stop

second stop-3030Having gotten started on my beer tour of the city last week, I was determined to keep going cast or no. Luckily we live very close to 3030 so my (amazing) husband was able to drive me there and then drop the car back at home.

As only my second trip to this bourbon and craft beer bar in the Junction, I was impressed once again not only by the beer selection but also by the delicious small share plates, most of which are only $5. Among my favourites: Blue cheese mac n’cheese & popcorn chicken. (The doubles also look fantastic for the vegetarians/vegans out there!)

To read about the delicious beer I tried on this stop, keep reading!

Have you tried any interesting brews yet on your craft beer passport? Tell me all about them in the comments – I’d love to add some interesting new beers to my wishlist!  

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