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Reviews for 2019

November 2019 - Stouts & Porters

November 2019 - Stouts & Porters
This month's Beer feature is Stouts & Porters

Stouts & Porters Reviews

Lift Bridge Beer Company Silhouette Imperial Stout 2019
94 points
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of carob, stewed prunes, roasted pecans, dried cherries in dark chocolate, and toasted fruitcake with a round, vibrant, petillant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, involved, long finish with shades of candied ginger and peppercorns finish. A mature Imperial stout with dark caverns of flavor to explore; boozy, brawny, and worth it.
Lift Bridge Beer Company Warden Milk Stout
91 points
Dark walnut color. Aromas of tiramisu and speculoos cookie with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-length chocolate covered toffee, black coffee, and buttercream finish. A palate pleasing stout with great balance and drinkability.
Vancouver Island Brewing Nanaimo Bar Porter
88 points
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of Dr. Pepper, cannabis, buttered popcorn, and waffles with syrup with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dryish light body and a smooth, relaxed finish with accents of roasted nuts, peppercorn muffin, black toast, and cocoa puffs in milk finish. A smooth and slightly herbal flavored porter.
Etna Brewing Co. Kappler Imperial Stout
87 points
Dark walnut color. Complex aromas of stewed apricots and prunes, dark chocolate mocha fudge, vanilla-caramel custard, and sweet tea with a round, vibrant, spritzy, fruity full body and an intricate, long toasted crumpet, panettone, black licorice, and roasted almonds finish. A complex, vinous Imperial stout with a plethora of big, bold flavors to unpack; rich and satisfying.
Etna Brewing Co. Old Grind Porter
85 points
Medium walnut color. Aromas and flavors of cola, Tootsie Rolls, dried fruit, and cinnamon with a supple, soft, petillant, dry medium body and a polished, momentary finish with nuances of gouda finish. A friendly, mild and easy-going porter; a nice introduction to the category.
Etna Brewing Co. Grubstake Oatmeal Stout
85 points
Dark walnut color. Aromas and flavors of canelé pastry, chocolate fudge, and husks with a slightly chewy, vibrant, spritzy, dryish medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish imparting nuances of black tea, toasted baguette with herb butter, and nutmeg finish. A rich and robust oatmeal stout for autumn sessions.
XIshanqingxue Sweet Stout
84 points
Dark walnut color. Fruity aromas of chocolate chip-studded banana bread, bubble gum, candied peach, and cracked pepper with a bright, spritzy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length black toast and greek yogurt finish. A fruity yet heavy stout that offers an interesting mashup of flavors.