Thursday, February 10, 2011
Norrebro Bryghus La Granja Espresso Stout Review
Well, here it is, the third and final bottle of the newly introduced Norrebro brews. I only say newly introduced, because they are new to the LCBO. This one is the costliest one of the lot at $10.50!!!
The moment the liquid came out of the bottle and hit the side of my glass, the air around it filled with a very sweet and inviting aroma of chocolate with some maple syrup. Wow, what an aroma. Once I was done filling the glass, I brought it over to the light for a closer inspection - dark, but not quite black. Going in for a real test of the aroma revealed strong coffee notes, toasted malt and a bit of spices. The beer is lightly carbonated and thing. The taste is well balanced though not as intense as I had hoped. Coffee is the predominant flavour and it is very bold. Some burnt notes are present, as well as a bit of chocolate and spices in the finish. There is very little sweetness present in the form of maple syrup, which shows itself in the beginning and finish. The high alcohol content is noticeable only in the finish and does not interfere with the taste at all. Seeing how this comes in a 600 mL bottle, you will feel warm and tipsy half way through, and really warm, and a bit more tipsy by the end.
Overall, the beer is pretty damn good, but you will not notice that until a few sips in. The first few can really throw you off.
Cost - $10.50
Taste - 8.2/10
ABV - 7.5%
Overall - 8.2/10...great stout, but the price is a bit steep