My family went on holidays to Vancouver Island when I was a kid. Having only ever seen the prairies and the Rocky Mountains
Before we begin let’s avoid the unnecessary pretentious puzzlement and head scratching over what a white or golden Stout is, I’m sure that if you’ve managed to find your way here you can determine how this beer was made.
Flecks of sediment are suspended in the elegantly golden body of this uncommon Ale like a snowstorm caught in a glass. Sumptuously rich notes if coffee and chocolate dominate the nose with hints of chickory and vanilla in the background with more of the same on the palate with medium carbonation and a surprisingly full mouthfeel finishing bready with hints of white chocolate. This beer plays tricks with my mind, more than what I was expecting. The flavour belies to something darker and richer than the sparkling sun flower hued liquid suggests and perhaps that’s for the best. In my experience very often people have a predisposition to anything dark, assuming it will be overwhelmingly intense in flavour and in some cases that might be true but very often stouts can be incredibly approachable even for the novice beer drinker. With this beer being as shiny and bright as it is I hope this will get more people to enjoy the fascinating style of stouts.
Steamworks has far surpassed my expectations and preconceived notions of what this beer would be like with flying colours, a genuine unicorn beer in its confusing paradox and rarity, albeit demonstrably beautiful in that same paradox. Pair this beer with know-it-all beer geek friends, quiet nights by the fire or that channel on TV that shows a fireplace or days that seem entirely too mundane and monotonous. If I’ve learned anything from this beer its to never judge a book by its cover or label or…just by looking at it. Just try the beer and make conclusions from the visceral experience. You know what I mean.
Our Score 3.75/5
Barrel aged beer…who among us isn’t a sucker for that stuff? I’d be hard pressed to name a barrel aged beer I’ve had