Brewed in collaboration with Patrick Boisvenue of Members of Barleyment, this vanilla porter from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario is opaque black with a spongy, light beige head that settles as a thick film without leaving much lace. Burnt Rock smells of vanilla, molasses, waffle cone, toasted grain and a light red berry jam.
The taste of Burnt Rock also has an overarching berry flavour and is rather sweet overall. Flavours of lightly roasted malts, mild coffee, dark toffee and vanilla are also present. This spiced porter is very thin bodied with a moderate carbonation, making for a creamy mouthfeel. The finish has tartness and sees the berry flavour move back to the fore, while the aftertaste is mildly bitter with a burnt coffee note.
Like its name, Burnt Rock also borrows imagery from curling, which depicts a stone that didn’t quite make it to the house. The back label has a list of organic ingredients and a clearly marked bottling date. The included card indicates that the beer was produced as part of Beau’s Pro-Am Series and has a description of the brew.
Burnt Rock is one of the most traditional beers I’ve seen come out of Beau’s and though I personally find it a bit too sweet, it is a well-executed example of a vanilla porter that would go nicely with cheesecake, chocolate, croissants, vanilla ice cream or a Beavertail.
Burnt Rock was released in early January 2013 and is currently available at the brewery or through the BYBO delivery service. You can also find it on tap at select licensees and it’s a pretty good bet that it will be available at the inaugural Winterbrewed festival in February.
Type: American Porter
Region: Ontario, Vankleek Hill
Brewery: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 600 mL
Alcohol Content: 4.9%