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WINTERBEARD: DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY STOUT

Posted in Flavoured Beers, Reviews, Stouts with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Muskoka Brewery,  Bracebridge, Ontario

  • 8%ABV
  • Very deep rich black with a slight red tinge to it, descent head holds up well.
  • Heavily roasted aromas come off right away with the chocolate working it’s way in there a little.  No sign of cranberry on the nose.
  • Wow great flavour on this one!  Very smooth, with a light sweetness from the chocolate and malt.  Balancing the sour/tart of the cranberry well.  Very pleasant roasted notes as well for an excellent overall balance
  • None of the flavours asserting themselves too much making it extremely well an balanced beer.
  • Finishes clean with an enjoyable lingering roasted flavour.
  • Definitely worth checking, unanimous favourite of everyone who tried it, also very reasonably priced at $10 per 750ml bottle at Co-op, perfect for sharing!

COMPARISON TASTE: MIKKELLER TEXAS RANGER CHIPOTLE PORTER REGULAR vs. BARREL AGED

Posted in Flavoured Beers, Portter, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on March 31, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij Lochristi, Belgium  For Mikkeller
  • Both beers are 6.6%ABV
  • On the left is the barrel aged Porter, aged for three months in Speyside whiskey barrels.  Pours almost no head, the regular porter(right) pours a great head that lasts for a while.
  • The aroma was interesting, both producing quite different scents.  The regular porter smelling very much like chipotle peppers with the spice and smokiness but also having an unpleasant chemical, solvent characteristics.  The barrel aged on the other-hand was quite nice, very faint smell of the peppers but more fruity aromas coming through, sweet citrus and dark cherries.
  • The regular porter was hard to get down, very spicy with an almost unpalatable cigarette-like smoke flavour, dry and unpleasant aftertaste leading one of us to deem it “Heartburn ale”
  • The barrel aged was quite different, aging had mellowed out the beer considerably, a much more pleasant smokiness comes though, and not just from the chipotle.  More depth to this beer with a balancing subtle malty sweetness.
  • Amazing to see the huge difference only three months of aging can bring to a beer!  Check these out and  other Mikkeller brews at Zyn in Inglewood.

DIRTY SQUIRREL HAZELNUT BROWN

Posted in Ales, Flavoured Beers, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Phillips Brewing Co., Victoria, B.C.

  • 5.2% ABV
  • Brewed with real hazelnuts and hazelnut flavour.
  • Floating islands of foam
  • Dark mahogany, not quite black coloured
  • Chared, burnt aroma
  • Flavours are of sweet chocolate and bitter coffee, with a strong hazelnut flavour.
  • Crisp and smooth, light mouthfeel, not overly bitter. Good Balance.
  • A burnt flavour lingers on the tongue.
  • Available at Zyn and Willow Park

WHAT THE HUCK! HUCKLEBERRY WHEAT ALE

Posted in Reviews, Wheat Beers with tags , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Fernie Brewing Co., Fernie, B.C.

  • 5% ABV
  • Wimpy head, that disperses quickly.
  • Cloudy unfiltered wheat beer, orange colour with a slight purple ting.
  • Wet wood aroma, with a very subtle berry note.
  • Yeasty, banana flavours, not much berry. Slightly metallic.
  • Sweet smooth finish, perhaps attributed to the addition of berries.
  • Available at Co-op Liquor Stores.

VOODOO DOUGHNUT BACON MAPLE ALE

Posted in Ales, Flavoured Beers, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Rogue Ales,  Newport, Oregon

  • 7%ABV, 30IBU’s
  • Whispy islands of head, cloudy, the colour of dusty wild roses on the side of a dirt road on the way to a pig farm way back in the sticks.
  • When you stick your nose in the glass you get a strong sweet smoke aroma. When enjoyed from a distance it really smells of maple syrup and bacon. Its breakfast.
  • The smoke is different than you would get from a scotch, it more of a mesquite smoke.
  • Flavour is malty with the added touch of slightly burnt bacon.
  • This is actually quite a tasty beer, not just an extreme novelty beer.
  • Best chances to find this beer is to check out Zyn.

OLD SARSAPARILLA ROOT BEER STYLE ALE

Posted in Ales, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Phillips Brewing Co., Victoria, B.C.

  • 5% ABV
  • Contains: Licorice, wintergreen, anise seeds, spearmint, ginger, nutmeg, sarsaparilla
  • Thick, Bubbly, root beer like head…should have poured it into a frosty A&W mug!
  • Cloudy, muddy water, brown colour
  • Strong black licorice aroma, spicy note, and a cleansing mint smell.
  • Flavour is nothing like contemporary root beer, maybe more reminiscent of original recipes?
  • Tasted like watered down mouthwash with a hint of licorice. Doesn’t taste much like beer either, although it is refreshing.
  • I think this is an interesting idea for a beer, but in this case it’s a miss for Phillips.
  • This was a sessional offering from Phillips, so finding it may be next to impossible.

LONGBOAT CHOCOLATE PORTER

Posted in Flavoured Beers, Porter, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Phillips Brewing Co., Victoria, B.C

  • 5.2%ABV
  • Head doesn’t stick around for long, but leaves a light frothy coating over the beer.
  • Very black colour, one of the darkest we have had to date.
  • Strong aroma of roasted, slightly charred oats.
  • Chocolate comes through much more in the taste than aroma, slightly bitter with a sweetness balance.  Roasted oats comes though a bit as well.
  • Can be picked up anywhere fine beers are sold.  Willow Park, zyn, co-op.