Sunday, 5 March 2017

February 24, 2017

67/1885) Home:  Trooper Red 'N' Black Porter by Robinson's Brewery of England:  **;  6.8%;  like The Charge of the Light Brigade from a number of months ago, this was created by Iron Maiden;  they took for inspiration an original Robinson's recipe from the 1850s;  pours dark brown, not quite black;  notes of honey in the  nose;  sweeter than many porters,  the sweetness over shadows roasty notes;  still, very old school;

68/1886) Home:  4 X 4 Quad by Stack Brewing of Ontario:  *1/2;  10.5%;  sugary, mildly fruity nose;  lacks much of the depth and complexity I seek in a quad but is was a brave attempt;

February 23, 2017

65/1883) The 3 Brewers, Heartland:  Fern, But Gentle by The 3 Brewers of Ontario:  **; cask night;  this is their Double IPA beer of the month with Citra and Mosaic hops; pours opaque with minimal carbonation; the extra hops certainly add sparkle and both feature on the nose;  smoother taste than the base and it lacks the sweet edge;

Named for Fern, winner of the draw following the Cask Battle.

66/1884) Home:  Rodenbach Vintage 2014 Limited Edition by Brouwerij Rodenbach of Belgium:  **;  7%;  matured two years From Foeder no. 192 (you may recall the 2013 edition used number 149);  tart, funky, sour nose;  tart, dry flavors;

February 21, 2017

64/1882) C'est What:  CafĂ© Del Bastardo by Nickel Brook of Ontario:  **1/2;  11.5%, 30 ibu;  strong dark coffee nose;  bitter coffee and oak notes; nearly 3 stars;

February 20, 2017

63/1881) Home:  18 Hands Rustic Pale Ale by Amsterdam Brewery of Ontario:  *1/2;  6%;  bottle conditioned;  one of Amsterdam's Adventure Brews, Farmhouse series;  pours cloudy;  yeasty, musty nose;  strong, musty, fruity bitter flavours;

18 hands is typical measure of a Belgian farm horse.

February 18, 2017

61/1879) Home:  The Starter Session IPA by Four Fathers Brewing Co. of Ontario:  **;  4.8%;   brewed with  Galaxy hops;  fresh hoppy nose;  mildly hopped, perhaps a bit watery but it achieves what it set out to do;  a fine session IPA;

62/1880) Home:  Aurora Heart Chocolate Raspberry Stout by Flying Monkeys of Ontario:  **;  7.1%;  brewed with cocoa and late season red raspberries;  raspberry truffle nose;  my son says it tastes like a Big Turk bar (a favourite of mine) and I think he is right;  a wonderful blend of chocolate and raspberry flavours;

This was originally intended for the 14th but my wife had her heart set on a Riesling with dinner which worked out very well.

February 13, 2017

60/1878) Home:  Through the Quad Belgian Quadrupel by Block Three Brewing Co. of Ontario:  **;  10%;  sweet dark, candi sugar nose with a faint touch of alcohol;  dark sugar, mildly yeasty flavours with fruit emerging towards the finish;   a serviceable Quadrupel;

Saturday, 4 March 2017

February 11, 2017

59/1877) Great Lakes Brewery:  Swamp Juice No. 33 by Great Lakes Brewery of Ontario:  **;   a blend of Lake Effect and Canuck;  fresh citrus nose;  another interesting blend of hops from GLB;  citrusy, resinous dry finish;