Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Nov 20–26 (36 Beers)

Sorry for the brevity of this week’s notes. Normally I flesh them out a bit, but my girlfriend just got back from a month-long trip and you know, priorities…

Bottle & Cans

Snowball Saison by To Øl

This bottle was couple of years old, so the hops had fallen off a bit. It had horse blanket on the nose and funk and spices on the palate, with a really dry finish.

Elemental Series Wild Saison With Loganberries And Brettanomyces by Category 12 Brewing

I found this wild saison had only a hint of berry flavour, but it had a nice touch of spice and Brett funk. I might leave one to age a little longer.

Saazy Wit by Moody Ales

A respectable wit with Earthy and spicy hops over a dry wheaty body.

Boysen the Hood by Twin Sails Brewing

This was the best milkshake IPA I’ve ever had! The boysenberry really came through and the colour was insane. It was so smooth and deceptively boozy.

Blackberry Jam by Four Winds Brewing

The blackberries in this fruited IPA balanced really nicely against the lupulin. The lactose and vanilla added a touch of sweetness and it finished oh so smoothly.

Lune de Miel by Unibroue

This had hoppy and spicy nose with notes of honey, spice, and flowers on the palate.

Lavender Earl Grey by Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

Big floral nose; floral and herbal on the palate with notes of lavender and bergamot dominating.

Home Ec by Twin Sails Brewing

This Tirimisu stout had notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cookies, and cream. It was sweet and decadent. Phenomenal!

Goodnight Sweet Prince by Twin Sails Brewing

One of the best coffee stouts I’ve had. Dark roast coffee flavour with just enough sweetness to offset the bitterness. Nice caffeine kick!

Sakura Gose by Burnside Brewing Co.

This gose had a really floral nose. It was tart on the tongue with hints of cherry blossom and a touch of salt.

Pumpkin Head by Fernie Brewing Company

Mild pumpkin spice and some roasty malt. A bit thin.

Ten FIDY by Oskar Blues Brewery

This big imperial stout had notes of roasty malt, chocolate, liquorice, raisins, coffee, and boooooze!

Winter Dunkel by Whistler Brewing Company

This is a Christmas favourite of mine. It’s basically Terry’s Chocolate Orange in a glass.

Elemental Series Raw Ale by Category 12 Brewing

This has aged a couple of months now. It had a little more funk, along with more of the beech, and mild sulphurous notes. I think the latter will even out with a little more aging.

Sky Mountain Sour by Buxton Brewery

A complex sour with apple, pear, and gooseberry. The sourness was moderate, with a touch of salt and a little hop bitterness on the finish.

Flammenbeer Smoked Ocoberfest by Swans Brewery

Just the right amount of smoke to complement the caramel malt without overpowering it. There’s also a touch of fruitiness to round it all out.

Blackmail Milk Stout by Strange Fellows Brewing

Creamy and roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate. Smooth and not too sweet.

Year In Review by Riot Brewing Co.

Really astringent with too much orange peel bitterness. Left an aftertaste like Lysol bathroom cleaner.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale by Boulevard Brewing Co.

A little older, so the hops have dropped off. Notes of coriander, apricot, straw, and barnyard funk. Finished very dry.

Right Kind of Crazy (2017) by Powell Brewery

A big aggressive hop bomb with notes of pine and citrus. I used to enjoy these more, but honestly prefer hazy IPAs now. It’s a very good example of the style though.

Diablo Cookie by Superflux Beer Company

Amazing! Just like the cookie. Chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne, and a touch of salt. It’s warm, without being too spicy.

Winter Lager by Steamworks Brewing Company

Almost like an Oktoberfest, but with a bit more caramel malt. Not mucuh going on here.


Alex’s Scandinavian Saison by Driftwood Brewery

A nice light saison with fruity citrus notes and some mild spice.

Juicy IPA by Vancouver Island Brewing

This was not very juicy at all. It had lots of citrus and little tropical fruit. It was more malty than anything.

Fortunate Islands by Modern Times Beer at The Drake Eatery

Citrus and tropical hops over a slightly nutty wheaty body. Finished nice and dry.

Celebration Ale (2017) by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. at The Drake Eatery

This fresh hop ale was quite piney with a touch of citrus and grassiness. Little bit of sweetness from the malt to offset the bitterness of the hops

Abbey by New Belgium Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

This dubbel was rich and malty with notes of caramel, raisins, figs, hazelnuts, and a touch of spice.

Trippel by New Belgium Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Dark fruits, banana, clove, coriander, sweet bready malt, and Earthy hops.

Tropic King by Funkwerks at The Drake Eatery

Passionfruit, mango, peach, pepper, and ginger. Slightly drying finish with some nice alcohol warmth.

Imperial Coconut Porter by Maui Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Rich notes of coconut, dark roasty dark malt, cacao nibs, and coffee. Silky mouthfeel with a warming finish.

Rodenbach Grand Cru by Brouwerij Rodenbach at The Drake Eatery

So good. Slightly tart with notes of cherries, red wine, balsamic vinegar, and oak. Sweet, but with a dry finish.

Double Bastard Ale (2015) by Arrogant Brewing at The Drake Eatery

Over two years old and the hops are but a a grassy memory. It’s super malty like a barley wine with plums, raisins, and cognac.

C12 3rd Anniversary

Gin Gone Wild by Category 12 Brewing

Holy moly. This really took on intense botanicals from the barrel. You can still taste citrus from the hops, but there tons of gin flavour.

Heriloom Rice Ale by Category 12 Brewing

Sake-like with notes of rice and Brett funk. Made me think of sticky rice witg red bean paste.

Red Alpha by Category 12 Brewing

Puckering citric acidity with notes of Loganberries on the palate

Honey Badger by Category 12 Brewing

Very malt forward with a floral nose and hints of buts on the palate.