Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Dec 18–24 (23 Uniques)

Mahalo Parfait Milkshake IPA by Brasserie Dunham & Bellwoods Brewery

20171227_143351.jpgFloral/herbal and tropical fruit nose. Juicy papaya on the palate with a touch of pineapple, pine, and cranberry. Smooth and creamy texture.

Ichorous Imperial Stout by Blindman Brewing

Thick and inky with notes of coffee, chocolate, figs, and liquorice. Sweet body with a little bitterness in the finish.

Juicy Double #3 /w Kiwi Fruit by Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

A juicy white IPA with lots of kiwi flavour and a grainy malt body. The wheat offsets the sweetness nicely and the booze is well concealed.

Lavender Earl Grey by Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

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

Delirium Nocturnum (2017) by Brouwerij Huyghe

Rich dark malt with fruity esters, spicy phenols, sweet candi sugar, and warming alcohol.

Catch 23 by Gigantic Brewing Company

A nice hoppy pale ale with notes of mango and pine over a biscuity malt base. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Magodes White IPA with Mango & Passion Fruit by Hearthstone Brewery

A juicy NE IPA with notes of mango, passionfruit, peach, and citrus. Smooth body with low bitterness.

Mr. Needles by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

This fir pale ale tastes exactly like licking a Christmas tree! I thought last year’s batch didn’t have a lot of fir, but they absolutely nailed it this year!

Oktoberfest by Cadejo Brewing Company

I think this bottle had a Brett infection. It tasted kinda funky.

Narwhal Imperial Stout (2017) by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Intense roasty malt notes of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, nuts, dark fruit, and a hint of smoke

Rock the Bells by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Well expressed cranberry flavour with a good level of tartness that isn’t too puckering. Sweet but finishes with a touch of dryness.

Up Up And Away by Central City Brewers + Distillers

This session ale was light and watery. It tasted like a cheap lager.

Batch 15 IPA by Aslan Brewing Company

This was super juicy for a NW-style IPA. It was cloudy and smooth with notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine.

Abraxas by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

This was a nice North Amerian-style tripel. Notes of banana, pepper, bready malt, and candi sugar.

You’re In the Jungle Baby! by Evil Twin Brewing

This was incredibly hot! The cocoa and tangerine peeked through the spice, but the honey was too obscured.

Alakazam Peppercorn Saison by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

That’s how I like my saisons! Nice and spicy, with strong pepper notes to enhance the yeast phenols. Incredibly dry and very effervescent.

Coffin Kicker by Phillips Brewing Company

A nice dry porter with light notes of coffee and chocolate, along with a mild hint of berry fruitiness.

Saint Nick’s Killer Keller by Phillips Brewing Company

Malty, hazy, and yeasty. Really nice for a lager, almost like a kölsch.

Barrel Aged Ipa by Central City Brewers + Distillers

No, just no. Grassy old hops and sweet vanilla. Just doesn’t work.

Historical FIGures Porter by Hearthstone Brewery

Rich, roasty dark malt with notes of figs and dates, plus a mild hint of maple.

Citra Pale Ale by Phillips Brewing Company

Moderate expression of the Citra hops with mild notes of tropical fruit and citrus over a light malt base.

The Toques Of Hazzard by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Hoppy notes of melon, orange, grapefruit, and mango over a grainy wheat base. Slightly drying finish.

Blue Buck by Phillips Brewing Company

It’s hard to knock this beer, as it’s a “gateway drug” for many in BC, but it really doesn’t stand up well compared to the great pales out there now. It’s just got lots of caramel malt and light earthy hops. A little unremarkable.


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