The City of St. Thomas just south of London, Ontario, has a long history with railways passing through the city, including a branch of New York Central which was the short cut between Buffalo and Detroit.

Most of the railways are gone now, but a brewery named after the town nickname is putting out some fine beers. Today we’re looking at the 2016 Canadian Beer Awards gold medal winner, Black Coal Stout, which is not just for naughty boys and girls. 

The Black Coal Stout is an American variant of this time honoured beer style. Like other stouts, it pours black but in our case with a medium brown chestnut colour head.

At first sniff, you get some coffee and chocolate notes – stout lovers are in for a treat. 

Black coal stout

Taking a sip, you’re met with roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and freshly baked rye bread with a smooth malty finish, a perfect beer for the dead of winter post-Christmas.

What’s interesting is the higher IBU at 46, the effect of bittersweet dark chocolate. The other thing to note, The Black Coal Stout packs in an ABV of 6% which is on the high end for a non-imperial stout. 

If you’re just used to drinking Guinness or Murphy’s, The Black Coal is going to come with a bit of a kick in both the flavour and ABV department.

If you are a stout fan and love dark chocolate and coffee, you’ve come to the right place. There’s a reason why The Black Coal Stout walked away with the gold medal at the 2016 Canadian Beer Awards.

The Black Coal Stout can be found in tall boy 473ml cans at your local LCBO, at Railway City brewery in St. Thomas or on their website, and on tap in local bars and Restaurants in the Elgin County area. 


  • Beer Style: American Stout
  • ABV: 6%
  • IBU: 46
  • Taste: Malt, chocolate, coffee
  • My rating 4.25 out of 5 
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