I was super excited to find Cascadia Liquor in Victoria had started carrying beers from Field House Brewing in Abbotsford. I decided to start with the Salted black porter and definitely plan to pick up the rest of the line-up.
From the label:
Brewed with traditional Dutch dropsies (salted black liquorice), offering flavours of coffee, liquorice, chocolate and caramel for a balanced malt profile and residual sweetness.
Stats: 6.5% ABV; 25 IBUs.
This beer pours out a deep near-black brown colour with a finger of foamy cream coloured head that lasts a long time and leaves tidal lacing patterns.
The nose has notes of sea salt, liquorice, anise, caramel malt, and molasses. The palate follows suite, but has the addition of dark chocolate a touch of coffee. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a bittersweet finish.
This was a wonderfully refreshing take on a stout. The liquorice added a touch of spiciness to the beer without overpowering the other flavours, while the salt counteracted some of the sweetness inherent in a stout. All in all, it was like drinking a salted caramel.