225/1810) C'est What: Shinnicked Stout by Muskoka Brewery of Ontario: *1/2; 5.2%, 19 ibu; brewed in collaboration with Muskoka Roastery using their Lumberjack Coffee; mocha nose, grainy roasty flavours;
The rating may be a bit unfair (and I did want to like this one more) but the sad fact is this was up against some uncommonly tough competition. I was here for the St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe which comes to Ontario once a year, if that, and is yet another reason to treasure the winter.
Shinnicked is "that numbing, gasp-for-breath feeling you get when you plunge into a Muskoka lake for a chilly late night dip in the fall or walk outside on a -20 winter day". I imagine with all the skating I do I spend a good deal of time in a "shinnicked" state but there is nothing like diving under the covers in such a state at the end of the day.
I will give this another go under less unfavourable conditions.
226/1822) C'est What: Shakedown APA by Big Rig of Ontario: **; 75 ibu, 5.6%; piney nose; earthy, piney flavours; astringent after taste;