This milk stout from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario is opaque black and pours with a very creamy tan coloured head that doesn’t stick around long, but leaves a tidy collar behind along with a few spots of lace. The Tom Green Beer! is thick with aromas of ground coffee, dark fruits such as cherry and plum and chocolate, with outdoorsy notes of musty wood and fresh tobacco.
The taste of The Tom Green Beer! has an undeniable sharpness to it when it first hits your tongue and plays out much like the smell. Coffee, chocolate and dark fruit flavours are warmed by a woodsy accent, before a suitable sweetness takes over in the finish. This ale has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel despite its full body and grainy undertone. A mild oiliness helps to ease the brew down, leaving subtle chocolate and cedar tones behind in the aftertaste.
The Tom Green Beer! label features a posterized image of the eponymous bearded comedian—who recently began hosting a new show on AXS TV—against a burgundy background and a subtle reference to the theme song of his original show. The included card has a description of the beer and some food pairing suggestions, while the back label contains a batch number, date of bottling and a list of ingredients. For allergy purposes I should point out that this beer, like all milk stouts, does contain lactose.
The Tom Green Beer! was created as part of Collaboration Nation at the Griffin Gastropub’s Session Toronto craft beer festival, which saw several Ontario breweries working with artists and other public figures to create unique brews for the event.
A lot of rich flavour is packed into The Tom Green Beer! and its dark characteristics lend themselves well to cold weather consumption. This beer pairs well with gamey meats like bison, rabbit and moose. I have also enjoyed it with fresh bread, old cheddar, dark chocolate and roasted nuts like cashews and almonds.
You can currently find The Tom Green Beer! at over 100 LCBO stores, at the brewery and on tap at select licensees around Ontario. You can also have it delivered to your home via the BYBO service and Beau’s is planning to expand distribution into the USA in the coming year.
Type: Milk Stout / Sweet Stout
Region: Ontario, Vankleek Hill
Brewery: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 600 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%