Collective Arts Imperial Porter, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Date: December 6, 2018
The Story— We stay in Canada from another day. We don’t know the Canadian scene as well as we’d like to. We had better connections in the early 90s when Maurice Coja of the Brickskeller was bringing in breweries and brewers for our tasting series there. As we pointed out yesterday, Canada was a part of the forefront of the craft movement in the early 90s, and while we don’t see the energy of, say Italy, it’s still the home of some very good breweries.
Collective Arts intends itself to be as much of an arts promoter as craft brewer and, from our far-from-Canada perspective is doing quite well in both. They have some of the most creative can label art since the Swedes put images of the great master painters on their cans in the 1980s. A big difference is that the Swedish beer was yellow and, while almost OK, really ordinary mass market lager. Collective Arts matches the art on their labels and the music in their taprooms with remarkable creativity in their beers.
The Beer— This 8.6 Imperial Porter could have a twin brother of a black or brown IPA. Creamy with some patent malt while chocolate walks along the whole way. Rich, but the hops are there under it all all the time.
Value — Good. This came in a tall can, which saves the big bottle expense.