Ides of December – Imperial Pale Ale with Coffee – Toronto Coffee Shop | 9.5% abv | 650 ml bottle – $11.95 – Limited to 912 bottles
The Toronto Coffee House was the first business to ever use the word “Toronto” in its name when it set up shop opposite the ST. Lawrence Market in December of 1801. This beer was brewed to commemorate the 216th anniversary of that opening. A complex, high alcohol coffee-forward beer balanced by substantial New World hop character.
OG: 19.5 Plato
SRM: 10 (darker w/coffee)
Malts: Maris Otter, 2 kinds of oats (malted and golden naked), kiln coffee malt
Hops: Cascade and Amarillo, whirlpool and dry hop additions
Yeast: California Ale (our house strain)
Aroma: Dark, strong coffee, toffee, stone fruit, citrus rind
Appearance: Tan to light copper, hazy with orange hues. Firm, persistent off-white head
Taste: Assertive coffee notes balanced by firm hop bitterness with layers of malt flavour in the finish including caramel, biscuit, and a hint of tobacco. Pleasant alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-high body, creamy, moderate carbonation level.