This flavoured American porter from The Cannery Brewing Company in Penticton, British Columbia is dark brown and ruby in colour and yields a thick, frothy beige head when poured that leaves some chunky lace and has great retention. Cannery Blackberry Porter has a bright and juicy fruit aroma that brings to mind not only blackberry, but cherry and raspberry as well. The backing is very dark, smelling of coffee, cocoa and roasted grain.
The taste of Cannery Blackberry Porter is anchored by a rich and malty blend of chocolate and toffee flavours, with blackberry not only contributing to the taste, but adding a sturdy tartness to the brew that remains throughout the finish. The porter is full-bodied with a creamy, yet grainy mouthfeel. Sweet fruit and bitter chocolate and coffee notes linger in the aftertaste.
This coffee-flavoured imperial stout from from Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel! in St-Jérôme, Québec pours an opaque black with a large and frothy tan coloured head that gets retained as a thick collar and leaves behind a generous amount of lacing. Péché Mortel has a very bitter aroma, with roasted malts, coffee and chocolate creating a deep and thick body.
Péché Mortel tastes like dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts, accented by a dark fruit tone that reminds me of plum or black cherry. The stout is full-bodied with a medium carbonation level, creating a creamy sensation on the tongue that gives way to a mildly oily character on the back of the tongue and throat. The aftertaste is markedly bitter and there is a warming hint of the stout’s elevated ABV.
This flavoured stout from the Cannery Brewing Company in Penticton, British Columbia pours an opaque black with a small tan-coloured head that doesn’t leave much lace, but sticks around as a thin collar throughout the glass. Cannery Brewing Maple Stout smells of molasses, maple syrup and coffee. A roasted malt note creates a bread-like character and grainy hops can also be found.
Cannery Brewing Maple Stout tastes like roasted malts, bitter chocolate and brewed coffee at first, with the sweet maple syrup flavour really coming through on the tongue and lingering in the finish. I find the mouthfeel a bit watery and the beer has very little carbonation, but it’s still smooth and creamy on the tongue. The aftertaste is bitter with a resinous quality.
Pumking from the Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York pours a clear golden-amber colour with a scant white head that sticks around as a thin collar, but leaves no lacing behind. This strong pumpkin ale has more of a pumpkin pie aroma than any other pumpkin ale I’ve tried to date; it has a real buttery pastry tone that compliments the pumpkin and spices nicely. Freshly cut grains and honey poke through after warming.
The taste of Pumking is nicely balanced between the pumpkin and the dry, peppery spice notes. Again, a pastry-like butter flavour defines the taste and makes it distinctive amongst pumpkin ales. The finish is peppery and bitter. The mouthfeel is on the thin side with a low, but noticeable carbonation. A grainy note comes through on the tongue and the aftertaste is dry tasting, but also has a syrupy quality. Pumking is extraordinarily smooth and drinkable given its ABV.
This strong pumpkin ale from the Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine pours a hazy golden-copper colour with a moderate white head that burns off quickly, leaving a small collar and almost no lace behind. Smashed Pumpkin has a syrupy and noticeably boozy aroma with notes of wet grain, pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. The beer takes on a sharp white wine-like smell as it warms.
The taste of Smashed Pumpkin is on the malty side with a very sweet honey tone and a hint of yeast. The pumpkin and spice flavours both rich and surprisingly balanced. The finish is quite bitter with floral, soapy and alcohol notes. This beer is full-bodied with an above average carbonation level and gives off a creamy, bready effect on the tongue. The aftertaste is dry, but syrupy and alcohol lingers on the back of the tongue and throat.