Jamieson Brown Ale and Mountain Goat Stout

I’m finding myself drawn to darker ales and stouts recently and here are a couple of good ones. The Jamieson is a non-threatening highly drinkable brown ale and the Mountain Goat a little more gutsy.

Brewer: Jamieson Brewery

Variety: Brown Ale (4.9% ABV)

The marketers say: Brown/dark amber colour with sweet nose and hints of toffee and spice with a light roast character and caramel toffee tones.

Appearance: Pours very dark and dirty chocolate brown with a lot of creamy head that sticks around for the whole drink

Aroma: Mild sweet malt aroma

Taste: Some caramel but nothing too taxing. A nice bit of bitterness to finish

Overall: I good introduction to darker ales. It has the usual characteristics but in a mild form. Pretty easy drinking for a dark ale. Unusually for a dark ale, I could have quite a few of these if the opportunity arose.

Mountain Goat Surefoot stoutBrewer: Mountain Goat Brewery

Variety: Surefoot Stout (5.0% ABV)

The marketers say: thick, rich, soft burnt-malt flavours with a chocolate/licorice nose and burst of coffee in the back palate

Appearance: Pours very close to black with just a tinge of copper. Nice thick tan head. Looks good!

Aroma: Plenty of malt and chocolate

Taste: Some coffee, toffee and chocolate. Nice bitterness and reasonably full feel in the mouth.

Overall: This is a winner for a late night tipple or a warming brew on a winters day.


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