New Brew Friday

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Kelp Stout from Tofino Brewing Company a 6% ABV stout brewed with seaweed.

Kelp stout Pours deepest black brown with lots of mocha coloured head that has decent staying power. A chocolate malt nose, full bodied but not in imperial territory, lots of cold coffee on the finish. The kelp comes through with a salty taste that displaces the usual sweet character in a robust stout. Personally I like this umami addition, which complements the minerally character of Tofino brews. As desserts the world over have shown us the addition of sea salt brings out a whole new dimension to dark sweet things. The problem with this stout for me is my initial impressions did not carry through to the bottom of the glass. By the time I finished this one I was totally kelped out, it just became too much. If I had tried this beer as a taster I would have said I loved it but an entire bottle and I am much more on the fence. Overall, Kelp Stout is definitely worth a try but bring it to a bottle share and let everyone have a little taste or a little kelp goes a long way!

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