Old Yale Brewing Sasquatch Stout: This 2014 Canadian Brewing Beer of the Year is brewed in Chilliwack, BC and is an oatmeal stout brewed at a strength of 5.0% which was enjoyed at home in a snifter glass from a 22 oz bottle. I have been searching for a really good, basic BC stout and have yet to really find one that hits the mark so my hopes were high with this one.
Aroma and Appearance: This pours a thick dark brown with a thin layer of tan foam and no visible carbonation. The aroma is pipe smoke, black licorice, campfire and molasses.
Flavour: Overall this beer is smooth and balanced with notes of smoked oats, a bit of a creamy mouth feel that finishes very dry with a dark coffee bitterness and after taste. In the middle I tasted some cocoa, smoked malt and at touch of burnt crispy marshmallow.
Overall Impression: This is very drinkable, the smokey malt and toasted barley bring a lot of great character to this stout to the point that it rises into the upper echelon of stouts. I can see why this won beer of the year as it is both approachable and it develops its complexity as you drink it.
Rating: I give it an excellent rating of 8/10, well deserving of the award (both best Canadian Stout and 2014 Beer of the Year).
Food Pairing: Really anything on the BBQ would work, but I would go with BBQ grilled ribs.
I finally found a basic BC stout worth writing about, I know there are a few others out there rated high so the journey continues, but I am glad to have picked this up and will revisit it again and again! Let me know in the comments section if you have any suggestions on what BC stout to try next!