I'm sitting here on my balcony, enjoying a tip and sip. Why? Because it's FRIDAY, bitches! Yeeha!
Sorry, got caught up in the momentarily joy of having the day off, sunshine, and a cool beverage in my hand.
This week, we're explore the depths of the ocean's bounty with Tofino Brewing's Kelp Stout.
That's right... kelp stout...
I have to say the blue background showing the kep strands waving underwater is a great touch that enhances, and helps draw your eye to the main part of the label. It has a beautiful contrast to the "egg" that only helped to add to my interest in trying it out.
Tofino's Kelp Stout has a wonderful darkness to it, and the foam has a nice shade of coffee and milk to it that the two looked really satisfying. Normally, I like a dark beer's head to be an off-white colour- but the darker shade of this brew's head of foam was nice to see. The rich, deep brown of the stout is almost absolute- you can not see through it.
Don't let the darkness of this brew's depths fool you though. It looks thick and heavy, but isn't. It's not a weak beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not a kick to the nuggets, either. It's got a nice rich and smooth taste that continues from the first sip to the last. The kelp taste is certainly there- but doesn't overpower it. In fact, it blended in quite well with the overall stout taste- adding just a hint of "that's a little different..." I could almost imagine sitting in a Newfoundland Pub in the early days of its fishing industry, sipping this brew, and longing to get back out on the sea.
While the idea of an octopus on a beer label and drinking something with sea weed in it might not be the first thing you might think of trying and enjoying, I would suggest giving Tofino Brewing's Kelp Stout a try... maybe while singing a old sea shanty while gazing out from the top of a lighthouse...
A seaworthy "Good" from me.