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Beer – Poke The Bear

Outlier Cartel – Poke the Bear.  Thereby breaking a promise to MrsPhil about holding back and taking a measure approach to having beer on Christmas day. I got to to the afternoon, by a couple of house, I thought I did well. As so in revenge MrsPhil finished off the not inconsiderable what was left in the champagne bottle, not in one go, because that would be silly, but we’re even now, apparently .

Outlier Cartel - Poke the Bear

I risked it all

That pour is thick dark brown with a lovely fluff of head that sits and behaves atop. Aroma is of some spices like gingerbread

Well it is a stout, I should read about these things more before I dive right in.

6.8% ABV and 35IBU things this is 2.4 standard drinks.

Our newest full production release, available year round. This beer was a blast to create and brew. It has honey malt (we just love it!), we used chocolate malt, added roasted marshmallows for those roasty and mallow flavors and campfire smoke at the end of the taste. Inspired by some tasty s’mores we had by a campfire in the vast wilderness of British Columbia, which one of the Outliers is now (also) calling home. Bound to become our number one selling beer!

I find myself again wishing a beer had more body and punch in the middle.

This is beer that looks great and has lovely aroma, the taste is perked up by spices more than any smoke or sweetness implied, but aside the fullness this is well rounded and approachable beer

It is a taste profile that I seem to have had before from the Outlier Cartel, or variation on a theme of*. Not that it’s a bad thing, it just makes it difficult to  dissemble one from the other, this though is flagged for all year availability, relegating the others to market test models.

*if you’re wondering I thought this tasted a lot like the Apricity and similar to Wudnerkamer beers.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing.  This is ok but isn’t a beer that you’re going to fall over yourself about, in my opinion it needs just a little work to make it to the next level. Not a lot but a bit.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland in Forrest Hill
  • Am I enjoying it?  Yes and No. Yes it’s nice, no it could be better.
  • Would I have another? Yes of course.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes there’s a difference this that makes it intruding, if flawed.

Music for this:  Spotify played my daily mix which did me fine, there was Blur, Milky Chance, The Who, The National, and many others.


Many stouts do not fit the classic “Irish” definition as exemplified by Guinness, either due to their hop or roast rates, or higher gravity (in the case of many American stouts). They are still basic stouts, however, not falling into any of the subclasses.


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