I was up in Elora recently for an overdue visit, hadn’t been up for a while, and of course no day trip up there is complete without a visit to the Elora Brewing Company.

I got a chance to taste the most delicious NEIPA ever, sadly not bottled and being a small batch only available on tap. All is not lost as I also got introduced to their Collusion stout which is a mighty fine stout. 

Elora Brewing Company over the years never had a core dark beer in their product line up. Small batch offerings like their Baltic Porter was only available on tap the brewery.

The Collusion Stout fills that hole with an American Stout offering. 

Clocking in at 5.5% ABV, the Collusion is at the upper end of the range for stouts yet it doesn’t knock you out like an Imperial Stout.

In terms of IBUs, Elora Brewing company doesn’t list it for the Collusion, but I estimate it to be somewhere in the twenties. Also, the hops and malts used isn’t listed either

When you pour the Collusion, it has a nice black colour and very pale tan/off white head. The beer doesn’t have the quite the same creaminess you see with Irish Dry Stouts – instead, it conforms more to an English or American style stout. 

The aromas from the initial pour include coffee that leads into a toasty malts profile, followed by a subtle sweetness. A pleasant surprise is a subtle nutty taste along with an abrupt clean finish. 

The Collusion Stout is very drinkable, with Elora Brewing Company touting it as “approachable” and something you share with friends if you want them to try something other than Guinness. 

Collusion is available both on tap and in bottle only at the brewery, which makes for a nice day trip up to Elora.


  • Style: American Stout
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • IBU: Not listed
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
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