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

Samuel Smith Old Brewery,  Tadcaster, England

  • 6.0%ABV
  • Frothy head like whipped egg whites.  Very clear rusty orange colour.
  • The aroma is weak, incredibly faint and only slightly fruity, when left to come to temperature the aroma falls off entirely.
  • The taste isn’t that much better, unpleasantly and unnaturally sweet with a chemical taste and overall mouthfeel falls very flat.
  • An unfortunately disappointing winter time selection from Samuel Smith, if you are interested Co-op, Zyn and Kensington carry it.


Posted in Lager, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on January 20, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Boston Beer Company, Boston, Mass.

  • 5.5% ABV
  • Bubbly, foamy head that breaks up into islands of foam with some lacing on the edges of the glass.
  • Translucent dark copper colour
  • Slight burnt caramel aroma
  • Creamy mouthfeel, but does not coat the mouth
  • Balanced bitterness, with slight molasses richness that lingers in the mouth
  • Not an amazing beer, was expecting more from this beer. Overall it was rather boring.


Posted in Flavoured Beers, Reviews, Stouts with tags , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Cannery Brewing Co., Penticton, British Columbia

  • 5.5% ABV, brewed with natural maple syrup
  • Pours a black brew with a tan coloured head that dissipates quickly
  • As soon as the cap comes off, the maple aroma almost knocks your pants off!
  • We equated the aroma of this beer to Quakers Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal, or maple syrup on buckwheat pancakes with a cup of joe.
  • It starts off sweet, but mellows out to a dark roasted coffee, bitter finish.
  • We tried this beer with some crispy bacon strips. We even added it to the beer like a garnish. The bacon fat added another creamy dimension to the beer and the salt opens up the taste buds to make this beer even more enjoyable.
  • The mouth feel is very creamy and syrupy. It coats the mouth and tongue and sticks.
  • I think this beer has great culinary potential. From pancakes, to bbq salmon, or baked into a coffee cake are a few suggestions that might be good to try.
  • This maple stout, and other Cannery Brewing products are available at Willow Park in Calgary.


Posted in Ales, Flavoured Beers, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on November 15, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

McAuslan Brewery, Montreal, Quebec

  • Good three fingers worth of rose-coloured head, on top of a natural looking reddish-brown brew.
  • Has a very nice tart raspberry aroma, like fresh juiced berries.
  • The flavour is without a question raspberry, but it is not as sweet as expected.
  • It’s very well-balanced, not too sweet and not bitter. Very enjoyable beer, would be great in the summer ( this is McAuslan’s summer seasonal release, so it may be difficult to find until next year)
  • It’s very crisp and refreshing, with a nice amount of carbonation dancing off the tip of the tongue.
  • I would recommend this to someone who is new to beer drinking.



Posted in Ales, Pumpkin Beer, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on November 8, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Rogue Brewing Company, Portland, Oregon

  • This beer is brewed with fresh pumpkins, grown on Rogue’s own farm, 77 miles from the brewery! This is the brewery’s first go at a pumpkin ale. Rogue also grows their own hops and other delicious beer making ingredients at this location in Independence, Oregon.
  • Also flavoured with ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and vanilla bean.
  • 5.6% ABV, 25 IBU’s
  • This beer is a totally opaque, mahogany colour in the glass. Very rich and visually appealing ale.
  • The head is a whisky, cloud-like foam, with a light brown hue. It doesn’t stick around for very long, and dissipates suddenly.
  • Smells Amazing! The aroma is truly pumpkin pie….every aspect of it….Custard, spice, pumpkin, whipped cream, crust, vanilla. The complete package.
  • The flavour is surprisingly light and refreshing, but with each sip you smell that rich aroma as the glass approaches the nose.
  • Spice comes out strong in the taste, but it’s difficult to pick out any individual spice.
  • There is also a strong brown sugar, molasses after taste, with a creamy full mouthfeel.
  • This is another great pumpkin ale. Although they tend to make shocking and creative beers, Rogue Brewing rarely disappoints.




Posted in Pumpkin Beer, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on October 30, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Tree Brewing Co., Kelowna, British Columbia

  • 6.4% ABV
  • “Shmell like punkin!!” exclaimed Shane.
  • Dark amber to red coloured, cloudy and full of sediment
  • Good fingers worth of beige creamy head
  • The aroma has a smooth and mellow spiciness, light biscuity malt, and a slight baked pumpkin smell. Nutmeg seems to be the prominent spice noted.
  • Tastes like sweet liquid pumpkin pie. Very malty….sweet heavy molasses.
  • Not much spice on the palate.
  • The mouthfeel is creamy and sustains in the mouth.
  • One of our favorite pumpkin beers of the season….buy it, and try it. Belching is encouraged.



Posted in Ales, Pumpkin Beer, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Brasserie McAuslan, Montreal, Quebec 

  • 5%ABV
  • Ingredients include: Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin.
  • Dark golden, amber to orange colour. Translucent, with a very light, almost negligible head.
  • Very spicy aroma; Nutmeg and cloves come through the strongest with last-minute hints of cinnamon and just a touch of pumpkin and apple.
  • This truly smells like fresh pumpkin pie. Very reminiscent of autumn.
  • The flavour is of brown sugar, caramel, and warm spices. Just a touch of pumpkin. This beer differs from other pumpkin beers we have sampled, that have come up rather weak in the spices department.
  • Medium body mouthfeel, with a nice finish in which an every so slight bitterness touches the tongue. The spice and brown sugar flavour seemed to linger in my mouth for hours.
  • This has been my personal favorite pumpkin beer of the season. More on the spice and less on the pumpkin. Very tasty fall treat!