Cobblestone Stout: Smooth from Brown Bricks to Tank House Lane

A signature beer of Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario and housed in the first mass-produced nitrogen charged can from a Canadian craft brewery, Cobblestone Stout is black and completely opaque, with a good inch and a half of creamy beige head (after settling a minute or so) that serves as a cap throughout the life of your glass. This English pub-style stout has a thick and dark roasted malt aroma, with a grassy tone and hints of chocolate, musty wood and coffee.

Cobblestone Stout
Cobblestone Stout Could Make a Serious Dent in Another Beer’s Sales

The taste of Cobblestone Stout has a warm smoky and woody character with a rich roasted malt body. Grain and fruit accents brighten the taste a bit before finishing with a solid dryness. The mouthfeel is thick and grainy, with a pronounced creaminess and little carbonation. Dark chocolate, malt and coffee flavours co-mingle in the aftertaste.

Black Creek Stout: Taste the Pioneer Spirit

This traditional English stout from the Black Creek Historic Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours an opaque black with a spongy, tan coloured head that gets retained as a frothy collar and leaves some spotty lacing. Black Creek Stout has a thick aroma with smoky wood and roasted grains backed by a fatty, nutty tone. A soft and appealing chocolate smell also comes through, along with hints of coffee and dark fruit after warming.

Black Creek Stout
Smoke and Wood Notes Accent the Taste of Black Creek Stout

Black Creek Stout tastes of thick, roasted chocolate malts and burnt coffee, with a defined oak-like wood flavour and a hint of smoke. The finish is very dry and bitter. This stout is full-bodied and thick with a low carbonation, but still delivers a nice pop on the front of the tongue. It takes on a heavy, bready character, but the aftertaste is fairly clean with subtle smoky and earthy notes.

Cannery Brewing Maple Stout: Maple Leaves Me Sappy

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
The Maple Flavour is Distinct but not Overpowering

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.