This schwarzbier from Hop City Brewing Company in Brampton, Ontario is dark brown in colour with streaks of ruby visible when held towards a light source and it yields a small, fluffy tan head that leaves large rings of lace as it settles into a thin cap. 8th Sin Black Lager carries robust aromas of dark roasted grains, chocolate and burnt coffee, with notes of tree nuts and wet birch that provide an outdoorsy warmth.
The taste of 8th Sin Black Lager is in line with its smell, bringing forth flavours of chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted grains and hints of nuts and wood. The finish has a notable sweetness, with the chocolate and wood tones lingering in the aftertaste of this medium-bodied and moderately carbonated lager. There is a syrupy feeling throughout, but it’s not too heavy or cloying.
Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA from Arch Brewing Company in Guelph, Ontario is a clear ruby colour with golden and amber tinted highlights. It pours with a tight and frothy tan head that leaves plenty of streaky and spotty lace behind as it settles into a tight collar that climbs the wall of your glass. This American IPA smells mainly of dark toffee, along with notes of honey, lemon rind and oats. Subtle chocolate and raspberry tones tend to surface as the beer warms up a bit.
There is no mistaking the flavour of roasted caramel malt in Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA, which brings a chocolate note along for the ride. The sweet base is balanced by a sturdy bitterness and distinct lemon juice taste. Hints of cherry and black tea come through in the finish, leading to an aftertaste that leaves citrus, dry oat and a roasted, almost burnt grain flavour behind. This ale is full-bodied and mildly carbonated. Its thick and grainy feeling is smoothed out significantly by the addition of oats and a light viscosity.
This American stout from Railway City Brewing Company in St. Thomas, Ontario is opaque black and pours with a spongy, mocha-tinted head that is retained as a thin collar and wispy film. Black Coal Stout has a veritable ton of roasted grain character in its smell, along with deep notes of chocolate, plum, raisin and coffee and hints of nuts and wood.
The taste of Black Coal Stout is thick with the chocolate and coffee flavours you would expect from a full bodied stout, with a red berry accent and a lemon juice note that is most apparent in the dry finish and coffee-forward aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and somewhat oily, which makes this ale drink more like a porter, though it doesn’t detract from the experience at all. Carbonation is minimal, with just enough there to prevent the beer from weighing too heavy on your tongue.