Mariner Brewing – Night Sky Salted Caramel Stout


Mariner Brewing – Night Sky Salted Caramel Stout Review

On a recent visit to Surrey’s excellent Clover Crossing Liquor Store, the BeerSeekers picked up a pack of Night Sky stout from Coquitlam’s Mariner Brewing. After two sips, we knew we had to review this one!

This stout pours with a chunky light brown head, leaving a noteworthy lace in your glass. As you’d expect, the colour is near black; almost too dark to discern its clarity, although, with a light to it, the liquid seems fully filtered. On the nose, there are notes of chocolate, fudge, and sweet, milky mocha.

Our pack of Night Sky

As is de rigueur with the contemporary salted caramel style, the can lists Pink Himalayan salt. But there’s a surprise bonus: added coffee from local cafe C-Market.

Also, the packaging notes mention the use of lactose. So one supposes that this technically could have been labelled a Milk Stout…but despite invoking the adjective ‘milky’, we hasten to note that this was a minor aspect we barely picked up on (we generally don’t read the can for ingredients until after making our tasting notes).

Night Sky was rich and sweet on the palate, as you’d expect from a caramel stout. One of the BeerSeekers experienced a distinct three-stage flavour sequence involving coffee, followed by chocolate, then finally caramel, which lingered until the next sip. In addition to milk stout, ‘Sweet Stout’ would be an appropriate categorization.

Having said that: on the palate, there is a slightly oily, resiny smack from the coffee (or the hops, or both) which balances the big sweetness a bit.

Chocolately stout lovers take note! We rated this beer as “I am leaving right now to get more”, and you probably will too.


  • (4.25)
  • (4.2)
  • (4.3)
  • (4.45)
  • (4.55)
    Overall Enjoyment

About This Beverage

  • Colour: Near Black
  • Head Size & Retention: Above average head/retention
  • Carbonation: Well Carbonated
  • Clarity: Too dark to tell although seems clear with a light
  • Balance: Very Malty
  • Drinkability: Easy Drinking
  • Enjoyment: I am leaving right now to get more
  • Malt Characteristics: Caramel, Rich/Sweet, Coffee, Chocolate
  • Hop Characteristics: Piney or Woody
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: Coffee Beans, Lactic (acidic like sour milk or yogurt)
  • Palate: Full Bodied, Creamy, Soft or Silky, Hop and/or coffeee oiliness


Chocolately stout lovers take note! We rated this beer as “I am leaving right now to get more”, and you probably will too.



If you don’t like rich, sweeter beers, this beer may not do it for you!

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