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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Midnight Espresso Stout: Whitehorse, Yukon

Last weekend, my fiancés family got together for a late Christmas/New Year’s dinner, which provided me with a great opportunity to crack open a bottle of Midnight Espresso Stout to match with dessert.

The Yukon Brewing Company is responsible for brewing this terrific stout. It was created back in 2003 when Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters approached the brewery with the idea to make an espresso stout for commercial distribution. After toying with the ingredients for many months, the brew master finally introduced his beer to the public and the response was overwhelming. Yukon Brewing Co. also produces 8 other beers ranging from light lagers to red/cream ales to the stout. It was also the 2007 silver medal winner for the Stout category in the Canadian Brewing Awards.

The beers pours pitch black with a small tan head that left a nice lace around the glass. The smell was exactly how I thought it would be. Big whiffs of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. And it tasted exactly how I expected it would. Nice and smooth, creamy with some nuttiness; this stout was fabulous.

For dessert we had vanilla cheesecake and a chocolate cake infused with chocolate mousse, so it was very easy to match them with the beer. “Why the big bottle? You’ll love it so much, you’ll want to share it with a friend, or not!!!” Even the wine drinkers couldn't resist trying the combination, which resulted in positive reviews. The Midnight Espresso Stout definitely beat the wine selection, especially with the cheesecake. The two complimented each other so well that it would be a crime not to match them again one day.

1 comment:

Black Dog said...

I had this beer in Montreal this summer - its terrific.

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