I went to the brewery the other Sunday as I hauled the kids out of the house to give the place a sense of sanity for an afternoon. Handy (if you are on the east side of Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario) - Barley Days Brewery deserves respect for making tasty lower strength solid beers. This 4.5% newbie stout is perhaps their best beer so far.
It pours thicker than its weight, deep dark brown ale under a chocolate ice cream head the resolves to a thick froth and rim. Strong milk chocolate meets French roast coffee aromas on the pour. In the mouth, more than enough body to satisfy the implications of the word "stout." There is minty hop, licorice and masses of charred malt as well as a richer heart with blips of nut, bread and even nutbread. I like a lot. Biggest light beer I have ever had... probably... that I can recall... who keeps notes about this stuff, anyway?