Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers – Smooth Criminal Nitro Stout Review
Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers have entered the nitrogenated beer game with their Nitro Stout called the Smooth Criminal. This beer is black in colour and needs to be poured quite aggressively as most nitrogenated beers do. As the label depicts you should “Pour Me Hard” in order to release the nitrogen from solution. Pouring with vigor this beer releases a thin finger of silky, creamy head. The cascading effect that you can view with many nitrogenated beers does not occur though; this is likely due to the fact that you can not fully invert the beer as the 650ml bottle is likely larger than your pint sized glass. The smell is thick and creamy with notes of chocolate and coffee along with the hearty, thick aroma that only an oatmeal stout can provide. The nitrogen content in the flavour is lighter than many comparable beers but this allows you to get a better sense of the beer itself. notes of chocolate and light espresso come right out front in a big and reasonably thick oatmeal stout. This is all packaged in a creamy and light-feeling nitrogenated package. A light hop comes in at the finish along side the bitterness from the chocolate and coffee. The nitrogen aspects of this beer may not be as powerful as others but the flavour is spot on in an enjoyable and delicious oatmeal stout.
Alcohol – 5%
Size – 650ml bottles
Price – $4.80 (Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers)
Released December 2013
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