Dominion City Brewing Co. Morningside Blonde Ale on Coffee Beans


Pours a light, clear amber. An intriguing nose that flits between hints of resin, florals, sweet caramel and smoke. Smooth on the palate with some hops bitterness augmented by a not unpleasant coffee grounds astringency that drifts towards a smoked/cured meats vibe as it warms in the glass. A complex beer with a lot going on. If you’re in the Ottawa area it would definitely be worthwhile to stop-by the brewery to pick up a grumbler’s* worth. 

*(A ‘grumbler’ is apparently the term for Dominion City’s adorable and almost literally pint-sized reinterpretation of the larger growler.)

Left Field Brewery Sweet Jesus Mocha Marshmallow Stout

  
This stout was conditioned with roasted, crushed cocoa nibs and a blend of Sweet Jesus coffee beans. 

It pours jet black with a creamy café-au-lait coloured head. Aromas of roasted coffee (naturally) and sweet malt. The interplay of slightly smoky, dark chocolate bitterness and malty sweetness continues on the palate. The finish is pretty smooth and of medium length. 

Bought an extra bottle for cellar ageing. Pair with your favourite chocolate dessert or pan-fried pork loin chops and tart sautéed red cabbage. Highly recommended.