Ontario: Robust Porter, Great Lakes, Etobicoke

I was handed this beer at last week‘s beer event. I just would like to mention that this is one of the best Ontario-made beers I have ever had. Part of their Project X series, it’s on limited release and, sadly, limited production. Too bad. Thick sheeting mocha cream head over deep dark ale. Thick aroma, too. Cocoa and mint. Pumpernickel and cream. If I had thought of a beer future back in the 90s, it might have been this. Before hop mania. Before sour. When malt and roast reigned. This has it. Masses of dark malt with dry roast coffee as well as sticky date and raisin notes all carried along with a rich light sour even yogurty yeastiness. It is heavy. In the best sense. As heavy as you wished your coffee in the morning could be.

I think I recall Troy telling me as he passed the bottle that this was named after Burt Reynolds. Can’t recall why.

One thought on “Ontario: Robust Porter, Great Lakes, Etobicoke”

  1. Troy – April 29, 2012 5:51 PM
    hey Al,

    Great to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed the beer! It’s actually called “25th Anniversary Robust Porter” based on the brewery’s anniversary this year. The Burt Reynolds reference was not for this beer, but Mike Lackey was wearing a Burt Reynolds t-shirt that night…

    The beer will be made available in select LCBO’s in the next two weeks! Waxed dipped bottles too.


    Alan – April 29, 2012 5:55 PM
    Excellent. I hope there are sparkles in the wax. That would make it even better.

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