Coronado Brewing Co out of Coronado, CA is a new brewery to hit the Alberta shelves thanks to a new hobbiest distributor in love with California beer. To be honest I have previous experience with Coronado beers that made me “jump for joy” upon hearing they would be soon shipped to Alberta. On a recent vacation to the “Big Island” of Hawaii with my family I went hiking on the northern shores of Kohala. I ventured to the one most beautiful place I’ve ever seen with my own eyes the Pololulu Valley (http://i.imgur.com/OnnPk.jpg) the most northern tip of the island. Later that day I wandered into Lighthouse Liquors in the nearby town of Hawi where I found an incredible selection of beers despite the extremely remote location. I bought a selection of Imperial Stouts and Barley wines I was giddy to find. The shopkeeper knew a lot about beer and after seeing my selections suggested a beer she just received from Coronado Brewing. To be honest I had never heard of them and bought it on her strong suggestion to do so. This Idiot IPA turned out to be one of the best Double IPA’s I’ve ever had. Brewed in a no-holds-barred fashion with a supremely intense and vigorous hop content, Coronado Brewery has been on my watch list for some time. So now maybe you can appreciate my giddy nature at learning I could soon be tasting one of favorite beers again, not to mention the adventure through which I learnt of the brewery.
Stoopid Stout is a 10% ABV Imperial Stout part of the Crown Series brewed by Coronado. The pour is a deeply opaque black with a thick two finger khaki colored head and a few plodding bubbles in the body. The nose is pungent and potent with strong roasted and boozed filled aromas wafting off the glass. Nosing in deeper I find a sultry aroma of perfectly roasted espresso, light smoky notes, dark chocolate and an abundant boozy note. Heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate and woody earthen notes fill the middle with a hint of smoke, light coffee and espresso also noticeable. An intense dry bitterness builds up with the roasted malts stacking up heavily against all other tastes. The finish has an astringent bitterness lingering for sometime despite the warmth and heat of the alcohol presence. I find that this really detracts from the overall quality of the beer as it lacks the depth and balance I had hoped for. Despite this, Stoopid Stout is truly brewed in the no-holds-barred way that I found in Hawi with the Idiot IPA. Many of the subtleties and minor notes are lost amidst the heavy roasted bitterness and heavy alcohol presence. Regardless, this is a great beer for a cold winter night and does not deter me from drinking more.