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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.
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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.

GRAND BALTIC PORTER

Posted in Porter, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on November 1, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Garrison Brewing, Halifax, Nova Scotia

*Canadian Gold 2009 Brewing Awards

  • 9%ABV
  • Mahogany coloured beer with a thick, khaki coloured head.
  • Very dark black beer with only the slightest brown hues when held to the light.
  • Very malty aroma, with some chocolate and mint aromas coming through, rich molasses as well.
  • This beer is flavoured with dates, and they definitely come through on the taste.  This beer is very sweet, almost to a fault.  Very thick coating all of the mouths available real estate.
  • Flavours linger, especially the sweetness, a coffee like bitterness and a burnt sweetness similar to toffee.
  • Interesting beer, would make a nice after meal beer.
  • Co-op Liquor is a great place to check if you’re looking for this one, they have an extensive selection of east coast brews.

DOUBLE MOCHA PORTER

Posted in Flavoured Beers, Porter, Reviews with tags , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Rogue Ales, Newport, Oregon

  • 8.2% ABV, 78 IBU’s
  • Pours totally black with an auburn coloured full and frothy head, that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon…..unless you eat it with a spoon!
  • It has a perfume aroma mixed with roasted nut and coffee touches.
  • In the mouth it feels creamy and rich, with flavours of grassy hops and bitter chocolate.
  • There is a bitter finish, that doesn’t over stay its welcome.