King’s Creatures by Calusa Brewing

I almost hate to review this beer. I’m such a fan boy for Calusa, and in my eyes, they can do no wrong. But, I’ll try to be objective anyway. What I like about Calusa is that not only can they think outside the box with their juicy hazy IPAs, but they can do some of the best true-to-style, or beer flavored beers.

King’s Creatures is a Foreign Export Stout.  The term “stout” originated in England in the 1700s. It was used to describe the high alcohol, bold flavored beers of the period. Gradually it became associated with the porter style. In the late 19th century, porters fell out of favor and the term stout porter was simplified to stout.

Calusa’s version pours coffee black with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma is grainy with notes of roasted malt and coffee. Swirling the beer in the glass reinvigorates the frothy head momentarily before dissipating slowly to a tan ring around the inside of the glass.

Calusa has perfectly nailed this style. It’s a medium-bodied Stout at a middle of the road ABV with notes of bitter coffee, toffee, and roasted malt on the palate. If you like beers like Guinness Foreign Export Stout or the Left Hand Foreign Export Stout, you’ll love this beer. It’s moderately dry with no hop flavor and earthy. So good! I do hope this finds its way into cans at some point in the future.

Calusa is doing a lot of cool things with their beers. They do great mixed fermentation beers as well as these true-to-style beers like the Ravenhold ESB, Keller Pils (an unfiltered German Pilsner), Poquito Mas (Mexican Light Lager), and King’s Creatures, just to name a few.

Sometimes I like to reach for a beer that’s a throwback to a time before all these crazy adjuncts became the norm. Calusa hits the spot every time. Yes, this is my favorite brewery, but if you know beer, then you know this is quality stuff being pumped out of Sarasota. I look forward to seeing more of this in the future.


Beer Stats

  • ABV:  6%
  • IBU:  n/a
  • Untappd Rating:  3.82
  • # of Ratings:  144

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