Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Jan 30–Feb 5 (20 Beers Reviewed)

Things have calmed down a bit from last week’s 26 beers, but we’re still going strong at 20. Hey, it’s cold out!

These are just snippet reviews or in some cases just tasting notes, so don’t expect any fancy talk! The order is pretty random, because ranking them is way too subjective.


Colour & Shape – Superflux Beer Company

I’m on my third can of this nectar of the gods and it seems to get better every time. Hopefully I’m able to find more soon! See my full review.

Happyness IPA – Superflux Beer Company

The second beer from Superflux. This is a really nicely balanced IPA with tons of pine and citrus notes from the citra and mosiac hops. It’s not quite on a level with Colour & Shape, but it’s darn close!

Slam Dank – Twin Sails Brewing

Oh my, this IPA was so dank and delicious. It’s sort of like a mix between Driftwood’s Fat Tug and New Growth. It also smells and tastes a heck of a lot like marijuana!

Bread Winner – Twin Sails Brewing

This six-grain IPA is an amazing experience. The nose has citrus, pine, and bready malt aromas, while the palate has biscuity/bready malt flavours and a fruity undertone from the hops. The mouthfeel is really smooth and complex. It’s not something you usually expect from an IPA!

Tone Def Twin Sails Brewing & Boombox Brewing

On tap at The Drake in Victoria, this double IPA tastes just like blood orange. It has a thick and pulpy mouthful like orange juice! I can’t wait to pick some up for home!

Bog Water – Beau’s

This traditional gruit-style ale is brewed with bog myrtle instead of hops. This it added a nice herbal flavour to the beer that Beau’s described as being like cola, but I found more like birch beer or traditional root beer. See my full review.

Childhood – Four Winds Brewing

This English mild ale is conditioned with dark chocolate and lactose sugar to create a wonderfully smooth and rich beer that tastes like childhood memories of chocolate milk. I love it!

Rye CycleBridge Brewing

This unique beer was brewed with Ukrainian rye bread, black Russian bread, and quinoa barley bread that was destined for landfills. They added the bread right into to the mash to create a bready spice character. I really admire their ingenuity and environmentalism here!

Bella RosaFuggles & Warlock and Moody Ales

This hoppy red ale has tons of citrus flavour and a touch of juniper. The juniper isn’t Gin-level, but it does add a nice subtle undertone.

Baltic PorterSteel & Oak Brewing

This Baltic style porter had notes of licorice, cocoa, and toffee, with a spicy finish. At just 7.8% it seems a little light for a Baltic porter, but it was still very flavourful!

Amarillo SourPowell Brewery

I’m so glad to see this one return. This kettle sour is dry hopped with Amarillo hops to bring out flavours and aromas of apricot, peach, melon and citrus. It’s really refreshing!

Ursos ArcturosR&B Brewing

This 10.4% RIS was a bit of a booze monster! At first it was a little overpowering, but after I allowed it to breath a bit, I got notes of dark fruit, molasses, and liquorice. I found it a little off-balance though.

Black LagerDoan’s Craft Brewing

This dark lager was deliciously drinkable and thirst quenching. I preferred it to Dark Matter. The finish had a touch of spice in it that made me think there was some rye in the mix—there’s nothing on the label, but this is Doan’s!

Barrel-Aged Cardena QuadTownsite Brewing

This Belgian style quad had notes of plums, raisins, figs, brown sugar, and a touch of oak. It was really nicely balanced and smooth.

Dernière Volonté Refermenté Avec Brettanomyces – Dieu du Ciel

This is one interesting beer. It’s a Belgian IPA, so has citrus and pine notes from the hops mixed with Belgian yeast esters. Then they referment it with Brettanomyces to introduce even more funky esters. Needless to say, there’s a lot going on! I did like it, but felt it could do with a little more balance. Perhaps aging would help here.

Black Chocolate Stout – Brooklyn Brewery

This one reminded me of a mix of a Russian imperial stout and an old school English double chocolate stout. It had strong dark chocolate and raisin notes and rather a lot of booze on the nose.

Three Bears Breakfast StoutTrading Post Brewing

I actually drank this for breakfast on Sunday and poured some on my oatmeal. Don’t judge me! Made with cold extracted coffee and oats, it has big, bold coffee notes and a rich and smooth mouthfeel.

Russian Imperial StoutBomber Brewing

An old favourite, this 9.5% RIS comes in a pretty bland can, but the flavour is anything but. It’s really well rounded and hides its alcohol well. I think I might have to stock up on these before it goes out of season.

Pumpernickel Rye SaisonThe Commons Brewery

This saison had tons of bready aroma mixed with the typical Belgian yeast esters. The palate was very similar, with a dry finish from the rye.

Death By Coconut – Oskar Blues Brewery

This Irish porter was aged on dessicated coconut and dark chocolate from Robin Chocolates in Longmont. It tasted exactly like a Bounty chocolate bar!

Main Squeeze – Brassneck Brewery

On tap at The Drake in Victoria, this tasty little witbier had tons of citrus punch and wheat flavour, with a crisp and clean finish.