This months beer is a collaboration Amy Rosen from Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns
Here is the story …
Walking on College street this past spring, the irresistible aroma of cinnamon led us to Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns and mouthfuls of sweet, gooey goodness. Naturally, our first thought was “What beer would go with this?” followed soon after by “What beer could we make with this?” A batch of buns made it back to the brewery for a thorough deconstruction and a recipe was born. And so we present the Ides of December, a dark, viscous, warm and spicy brew. Many thanks to Amy Rosen, creator of the inspirational cinnamon bun. Amy is a longtime foodie and writer who has “eaten her way across the country,” written for The Globe and Mail and enRoute, and produced her own cookbooks. She opened Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns in 2016 and has a new cookbook coming out next year.
Style: Cinnamon bun Imperial Stout
OG: 25 Plato
Malt: Pale, Roasted Barley, Extra Special Roast, Double Roasted Crystal, Pale Chocolate
Yeast: California Ale (house strain)
Extras: Rosen’s Cinnamon Bun Paste, Cinnamon, Vanilla
Aroma: Cinnamon, vanilla, baker’ chocolate, toffee, and a faint hint of espresso.
Appearance: Jet black with slight red tint. Opaque. Long-lasting mahogany coloured head that leaves significant lacing on the glass.
Taste: Sweetness up front followed by spice notes of cinnamon and roast. Hints of chocolate, coffee, Tootsie roll, and raisin. Slight bitterness balances on a long finish with a pleasant alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Big bodied, velvet, creamy mouthfeel. Chewy. Medium-low carbonation. Finish is long and lingering yet smooth.
Overall Impression: A big, pastry flavoured Imperial Stout reminiscent of dessert