After a wonderful Icelandic dinner at Luma me and Shawna decided to have some after dinner beers over at Bar Hop. The first beer I sampled was called ‘Nutcracker’ by Black Oak Brewing.

The beer was sampled in a balloon glass on tap. Atmosphere was standard Bar Hop. Lots of folks around all enjoying great beer.

This beer sits at a respectable 5.8% and supposedly has had cinnamon sticks thrown into the mash.

Lets keep it simple and go straight to the tasting notes:

Appearance: Black as oil. Completely opaque. It had almost no head.

Aroma: Light with a bit of coffee. Can make out hints of caramel.

Taste: Strong coffee and malt. It’s a little earthy with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. It has a surprisingly light mouth feel. Aftertaste is lightly malted and earthy.

Overall: I enjoyed this one quite a lot. It’s perfect for the holidays and I can see myself sipping this in front of a big fireplace while I chatted with my loved ones.

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.