The Glutenberg Stout Review
Brewed in Canada
I finally found the Glutenberg Stout on my local store’s shelves! After stocking about 5 other varieties for the last year, this is the first time I’ve seen them bring in the stout and I’m excited to give it a try.
Technically I have tasted this stout once before, but to be honest, I tried a lot of beers that night and the palate fatigue was real. I wasn’t giving it my full attention, so this time I want to sit down and really experience it so that I can share my thoughts with all of you.
The Glutenberg Stout is brewed in Montreal, Canada and distributed generously across the United States. If you’re not located nearby one of the U.S.’s gluten free dedicated breweries, this brand my be your best shot at your local stores. I’m not quite sure how their distribution is so strong, but I’m glad it is!
If you have access to Glutenberg beers where you live, consider dropping me a comment below and let me know where you’ve found it! That way others can benefit from your discovery too. For those of you who don’t have access in your hometown, you may be able to order it online from these guys!
The Taste Test
The Glutenberg Stout poured with a dark big bubbled head that vanished very quickly. I wasn’t even able to capture photos of it. However, you can see what I mean in the beer pour video. This stout is quite opaque and has a dense blackish-brown color.
Honestly, the pour may have been affected by the cleanliness of the glass. The glass was certainly “clean”, but it clearly wasn’t beer clean. I can tell because of the little bubbles on the side of the glass I poured. I didn’t know about this indicator until recently when a BGFB reader wrote in to explain it to me. (Thanks Rodrigo!)
The aroma carries notes of dark chocolate and coffee beans. It smells rich like dessert. The visible carbonation mellows pretty quickly. Afterwards, the top of the beer resembles a pot of water that’s just before the boiling stage…when the tiny bubbles hugging the bottom of the pot begin floating to the top to pop.
Wow. This stout is very interesting. It is very chocolate forward, but any sweetness quickly fades and heavy flavors of roasty cacao linger long after drinking. It has a fair amount of bitterness to it, but it’s smooth. It lingers heavily too, but it doesn’t smack you in the face.
The carbonation is, how do I put it…pleasantly gentle. The body is pretty full, but it’s not too heavy. When the brew first hits your mouth, the texture is somewhat milky, but that quickly moves through and you’re left with the powerful cacao qualities. It keeps you on your toes for sure.
I’m actually pretty impressed with the Glutenberg Stout. I wouldn’t peg it as my favorite gluten free stout on the market, but it’s a very solid one. To be honest, it’s a little heavy on the toasty character for my personal preference, but they have pulled off a very interesting body. It’s full–but not heavy, it’s milky–but only for a second. It’s brewed on a base of millet and buckwheat.
This may be one of the best distributed stouts in the U.S. beer market right now because Glutenberg seems to have an impressive reach across the States. You may even be able to order it online here. (Depends on your state of residence.) But this is definitely the stout I’d recommend looking out for if you don’t have access to any of the dedicated U.S. breweries.
This stout is just one of many solid gluten free offerings produced by Glutenberg. If you’re interested in exploring other styles by this brewery, check out some of my other reviews: