Review: Fort Garry Thom Bargen Coffee Stout

This one popped out at me quickly the other day, a coffee stout that's a collaboration between Fort Garry Brewing and Winnipeg coffee shop Thom Bargen Coffee Roasters

From the label: A small batch 'cold brewed' coffee stout naturally aged without preservatives. This beer is dry hopped with locally roasted Los Naranjos, Colombia coffee beans from Thom Bargen Coffee Roasters which bring out the chocolate and coffee notes naturally present in the malt. A nutty character and just a hint of burnt sugar flavour round out this full body beer. 5.0% ABV

Appearance: Dark, thick black stout with a bit of a brown cola hue to it. The head is faint with a yellowish cookie dough hue to it.

Aroma: Very coffee-ful. It's sweet with notes of brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malt and lots of coffee. Bit of peaty earthiness in it, as well as a surprising salty pretzel-like profile to it at the end.

Taste: Earthy, burnt sugar, chocolate, bit of peat, roasted malt and a rich coffee presence to it. Decently creamy for the mouthfeel and not at all tinny/watery which I appreciate. Pretty smooth and a tad bit of spice at the end. Aftertaste is a bit of a peaty earthiness.

Overall Thoughts: I'll definitely be buying this again - great stout with a lot of coffee-forward notes to it. It reminds me a tad bit of the ol' Kona Stout they used to have nearly a decade back. More up front on the coffee notes than many stouts I've had recently and great mouthfeel to it. No gimmicks here, just flat out decent coffee stout.

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