IMG_20150216_143934Shawna told me that I have to be the one to review this beer for one simple but very understandable reason: It has the same name as me!

Sort of.

I’m talking about the Black Coal Stout by Railway City.

A seasonal by Railway, this can is generally only available in the winter.

According to their website this brew has won both the 2012 silver and the 2013 fold medal for best brew at the Ontario Brewing Awards (which has some tough competition!)

You can pick up a can at the LCBO for just $3.15 and it sits at an even 6.0% ABV.

Appearance: Pitch black as advertised. Thin brown head that fades fast.
Aroma: Classic stout smells. Vanilla and roasted nuts. Roasted and malted barley. Almost no hops.
Taste: Quite a thin mouth feel. Nicely carbonated. More of that vanilla and some coffee comes up on the back of the tongue. Slightly sweet, but not in a bad way. Chocolate shows up after a few sips.
Aftertaste: The malted barley stays with you, giving you a warm and toasted aftertaste.
Overall: A great stout and I’m proud to have my name attached to it.

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com