Porter and Stout in a Rearview Mirror: This Saturday in the Beaches

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The porters and stouts to be tasted at the Rearview Mirror event this Saturday at Castro’s Lounge are:

1. Sleeman Porter
2. Durham Black Katt Stout on draught
3. Mackeson XXX Milk Stout
4. Flying Monkeys Cadillac Graveyard Oatmeal Stout
5. Wellington Imperial Russian Stout
6. Fuller Imperial Stout

I’ll be talking about porter and stout from an historical standpoint.

I’ve got some notes (talking points) done up, which I’ll post here after the event. The idea is not to focus obsessively on the beers  – valid as that might be in another context – but to have companionable and authentic examples to sip while I chat and interact with the group.

I wanted a balance of regular and higher-gravity beers, and something traditional to Ontario – Sleeman qualifies with its 19th century roots. Also, something that harks back to the heyday of stout in the 1800s (nos. 5-6), a milk stout (the classic Mackeson, 5% abv in our market, Caribbean-brewed), and a modern stout with a dry flavour where roasted barley or patent malt informs the taste – that’s Black Katt.

For 1700s porter, I feel no. 4 gets close both in gravity (6.5% abv approx.) and the dark brown colour and toasted but not expresso-like taste.

Nothing is flavoured*, as, i) I’m not a fan really of chocolate, coffee, chipotle, etc. stout, ii) they are not examples of the drink in its classic era.

It promises to be an enjoyable event. If you’re reading and want to have some fun and absorb some history too, Castro’s Lounge is the place, this Saturday is the day, 3:00 p.m. is the time.

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* The Fuller has some dried rosebud added but its effect is hardly detectable.