Beer Review: Railway City: Black Coal Stout

As we move closer and closer to the holiday season, and the stress of shopping, and preparing for meals over shadows the joy of time that we will get to spend together, we all need to sit back and relax.  One way to do so, is by having a refreshing beverage.  Now I do apologize for the lack of beer reviews there has been lately, like most distinguished writers, I too lose the passion for a while, and well I’m not distinguished, or really a writer…. I’m just someone who enjoys a beer once and a while, and for that I bring you, Railway City’s Black Coal Stout review.


For me personally, when the weather begins to get cold, as it is, and the snow starts to fall, which it has started, I move towards stouts again.  I find a nice stout just brings me to a nice warm feeling, like wrapping yourself up in a flannel blanket, or sitting by the fire drinking an apple cider, but instead of a cider, it is a stout.


If you google the word “Stout” it really does not mention beer, so that is a little bit of wasted time for you, and I apologize for that.  But now you are probably Googling Stout, so I’ll wait for you to finish, or you may not come back to the review, and get stuck in a spiral google search, or web as some call it.  But I digress.


Railway City Brewing Company, is based out of St. Thomas Ontario.  If you do not know where that is, well you can google it as well.  Google is pretty amazing sometimes!  Or another option is their website, which is below!


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Now for the bread and butter of this whole post and really the reason why you are still reading, the actual review of Black Coal Stout.

Now we should start with the appearance, and we can use the photo above, cause it is so much easier doing an appearance description when you have something to look at.  Now if only I had a laser pointer that I could not operate to show you what I’m talking about… So you will have to use your imagination on this one.  As you can tell, I was pretty distinguished drinking this beer, as it was poured into a glass.  Whether it was the proper glass for the beer I do not know, but still, glass is a glass.  As you can see when poured in the glass, there is a nice brown head, and the body is rich and dark.  The can itself, is a grey colour with some yellow on it, which makes it eye appealing.

Next would be the sniff test.  Like smelling a bouquet of flowers, you drop your nose to the beer and take a deep breath in.  Now I will give you a warning, don’t put your nose so close that you inhale beer, cause I assume it will burn.   Now the smells that I took in were, mainly a coffee, chocolate and smokey notes.  Now this will vary from person to person, depending on their nose.  The smokey chocolate and coffee notes go hand in hand with the stout.  It was a very pleasant aroma if I do say so myself.

For the piece de resistance, taste.  What can I say other than it was a very satisfying stout. There were many roasted hues, as well as pronounced coffee flavors.  It was I would say a medium bodied beer, with a very smooth creamy texture.  There was no sudden punch in the mouth flavors, which was perfect.  The Black Coal stout just left you very satisfied while drinking it, just a quite enjoyable beer.


Overall I would have to say the Black Coal Stout was one of my more favorite Stouts.  I’ve been around the block with stouts over the years, thanks in part to the group of friends and family I have.  I would recommend anyone who is a purveyor of stouts to go out and track this one down.


Overall Rating:  4.57 out of 5


Was the beer hoppy?  Nope not hoppy at all, just a smooth tasting stout.. As Homer Simpson would say, ” mmm beer “

Would you recommend the beer to a friend?  Oh 100%, anyone who fancies a stout should try this one. 

What day is international Stout Day?  November 8th…. yup there is a international stout day.  Google is fun sometimes.