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OBK Toy Soldier Stout With Toasted Oak Chips & Vanilla Beans (5.25 US Gal)
OBK 5.25 US Gallon Toy Soldier Stout not only provides you with a great beer making kit, but the entire sale price is also donated to our community.
What is a Toy Soldier? To many, it is a small green man in a child's toy box. To us and our community, it is much more.

Toy Soldier is the name of the Ontario Beer Kegs campaign to raise funds for our community.

While our Toy Soldier Stout recipe kits are meant for adults only, the sale of each and every one of them directly benefits the children and their families in our community. Once again our family and staff are pleased to announce that the entire purchase price from every Toy Soldier beer recipe kit will be used to help those have a merrier Christmas.

Our Toy Soldier campaign runs throughout the year with no official start or end date. So... all purchases of our Toy Soldier stout recipe kits bought during the year (not just during special promotions) is tallied up on Dec. 1st for disbursement. If you have been following our campaign you will notice that the money is used not just at Christmas, but for Easter hampers too. Additional food is purchased during the year to help keep the freezers and coolers stocked which in turn helps to fill empty bellies.

(prior year updates below)

Toy Soldier Stout is a warm and satisfying hearty drink with just enough spice to know it is different. Although offered year round, this kit really shines at Christmas when the magic of it is shared with others.

For those who would like to participate (thank you) without buying the kit, please consider purchasing a Gift Certificate at the link below. Simply put "Toy Soldier" in one of the fields.

Gift Certificate

The Walkers, Patrick, Angela, Aarya, Ayla & Byron

When you buy a Toy Soldier Stout Kit you will receive one of our Toy Soldier Stout Pint Glasses.
Price: $49.99

Price with Selected Options: $49.99

Availability: Usually Ships in 24 Hours

Crushed Chocolate Malt Option:*:

Yeast Option

Fermentis US-05 American Dry Ale Yeast [Add $4.49]
White Labs WLP001 California Ale Yeast [Add $9.49]



Toy Soldier Stout with Toasted Oak Chips & Vanilla Beans

Holiday Stout -- Aroma is coffee-like roast and hints of chocolate and floral/citrus hops. Flavour is roasted grain, vanilla coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a mild bitterness. Overall a very dark, roasty, creamy ale.
Toasted Oak Chips and Vanilla Beans give this Holiday Stout added complexity. Add both after fermentation is completed, age to taste (typically 1-2 weeks). Add the vanilla bean and wood chips to your own preference. Play with it and make this your own!

Est. ABV: 5.5% | Recipe & Instructions

  • 2-Row
  • Chocolate
  • Roasted Barley
  • Cascade & Northern Brewer Hops
  • Choice of American Ale Yeast.
  • Toasted Oak Chips
  • Vanilla Beans

Prior Years

2016 saw my family at Walkom's Valuemart in Mitchell on Sat. Dec. 3/16 loading our carts. This food was distributed throughout our community to those in need.

Thanks to the generosity of our customers who bought these stout recipe kits and those who donated by purchasing gift certificates specifying Toy Soldier, we were able to raise and donate over $8000.00 to our community. While to some this might not seem like a large amount, the Salvation Army is still looking at some other ways to distribute these funds within our area.

For those of you who may have missed the Facebook post on Jan. 13, 2017, here is how the campaign finished off.

2016 Toy Soldier Stout: The Conclusion


In 2015 We worked with the Salvation Army. And Walmart of Stratford (Thank you Cindy). We wanted to be a bit more hands on in 2015. We filled eight shopping carts highlights were:
37 thick warm coats
63 pairs of insulated boots
And 20 sets of hats and mittens.


In 2014 We worked with Grace Lutheran Church in Mitchell Ontario. With the support of our customers we were able to contribute slightly over 3000.00 dollars to assist with warm winter clothing from tots to teen sizes. With the help of the Church we were able to ensure the garments went to the families that needed them the most.


In 2013 the Toy Soldier recipe kits raised enough to purchase and distribute twenty seven bicycles. Our United Church handed out vouchers to young local teenagers of families in need. These teenagers were targeted for a reason. They have younger siblings to pass the bikes on to. Thus increasing the lifespan of the gift. These bicycles were bought at wholesale cost from Faust Home Hardware in Mitchell Ontario. The Faust crew assembled all the bicycles and coordinated the distribution. I would like to give a special thank you to the folks at Faust Hardware for their support. And raise a toast to everybody who is enjoying this beer brewed with heart.

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 10 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Fantastic January 31, 2018
Reviewer: Marc Rheaume from Pembroke, ON  
I'm not a stout lover, I'm more of a two stouts a year kind of stout drinker. Made a 10 gal. batch during OBK's annual drive figuring that if I didn't like it, I had friends who would appear out of nowhere and the proceeds are going to a good cause anyway. After fermentation took place, and allowing it to sit in a keg for three weeks, it is smooth, creamy, not too heavy. Well worth it, glad I took a chance. I will be purchasing another batch next year (2018).

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5 of 5 Fantastic Stout September 18, 2017
Reviewer: Mike from Newmarket  
If you want to impress your beer snob friends you need to make this. Comes out fantastic as a  stout with tonnes of flavour to enjoy anytime, not just the holidays.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Amazing Stout February 22, 2017
Reviewer: Trevor from Fort McMurray, AB Canada  
Soaked the oak and vanilla beans in some vodka for a little extra kick. One of the best stouts I've brewed to date. Did a 10 gal batch and the first corny was gone in a few weeks! Will definitely be doing this one again and again.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 be getting again January 12, 2016
Reviewer: brandon from kitchener  
Awesome stout to brew, soaked the oak chips in homemade vanilla extract to help boost the vanilla and yea baby yea, she be singing, my only con to this brew, I racked it onto a liter of star San in the keg duh!, be getting again and really like the fact it goes to the kids, cheers obk

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  5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 One of OBK's best September 10, 2015
Reviewer: Terry from Victoria  
Took my time with this kit and the results have been spectacular.  Along with all the ingredients, I also added 2 Tblsp of Cocoa powder at the 40 minute mark of the boil.

Left it in the Primary fermenting for 2 weeks.

Soaked the Oak Chips in a cup of Crown Royal for 48 hours and similiarly soaked the Vanilla in Vodka for 48 hrs.  Added these to the primary after the 2 week mark, and let it sit for another 4 weeks.  Bottled and let sit and mellow for another 2 weeks.

First taste won't be my last!!!  Bold coffee and unsweetened chocolate notes.  The oak is present but not over powering.  This is a heavy beer with a high alcohol volume so one pint is good.

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