Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes: April 23–29 (46 Beers)

Well then, I honestly didn’t mean to go out much this week, but then got invited to two bottle shares, went out for drinks with some friends and my friend put on a Moylan’s tap takeover, so I kinda had to go… right? Also, I dropped in at the new Phillips tasting room, which is a really awesome space!

Bottles & Cans

Gooze Cruze by Boneyard Beer Company

Fruity, funky, and oaky nose. Tart palate with notes of white grape, apple, lemon, light funk, and oak. Needs a little age.

Fated Farmer: Blueberry by Trillium Brewing Company

This wild ale had aromas of cherry, blueberry, and funk. It was tart on the palate with notes of blueberry, cranberry, nutmeg, Brett funk, and oak.

Black Mettle by Trillium Brewing Company

This black IPA had floral hops and sweet malt on the nose. The palate had notes of light roast, coffee, chocolate, caramel, toast, pine, and grapefruit. The finish had nice lingering earthy bitterness. It was amazing!

Rodenbach Caractère Rouge by Brouwerij Rodenbach

This berry sour was beautifully complex and tart with notes of raspberry, cherries, cranberry, cinnamon, nutmeg, funk, vinegar, caramel, butter, and oak.

Billy the Mountain (2016) by Upright Brewing Company

This barrel-aged old ale was complex and delicious with notes of roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, leather, red wine, balsamic, barnyard funk, and oak.

Kriek De Ranke (2017) by Brouwerij De Ranke

Aroma of sweet cherry and horseblanket. Tart and fruity with notes of cheery, red berries, funk, vinegar, and oak.

Barley Wine (2015) by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

This one is aging nicely. It was rich and smooth with notes of caramel, toffee, plums, raisins, vanilla, port, and oak.

Uncomfortable Silence by Dageraad Brewing & Brassneck Brewing

This was not as good as the last bottle I had a couple of months ago. Perhaps a storage issue? It smelled a lot like my apartment composting! Ths palate was still nice though with lovely juicy notes of cherry, barnyard funk, and warming alcohol.

Oria Sweet Cherry by Burdock

This Brett sour was lightly tart with delicious sour cherry notes with a touch of funk and earthiness. The sweetness of the cherries really balanced out the acidity nicely.

ORIA Guava by Burdock

This Brett sour was lightly tart and funky with juicy notes of guava and tropical fruit, with a touch of funk. Just a wonderful beer!

City of the Dead Nitro w/ Cocoa Nibs, Almonds, & Sea Salt by Modern Times Beer

Coffee-forward nose with notes of coffee, cocoa, light roasted malt, and a touch of almond and salt. Very smooth with a creamy mouthfeel.

Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break by Evil Twin Brewing

Notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted hazelnut, vanilla, biscuit, light roasted malt, and a touch of chilli heat.

Tart IPA by Steamworks Brewing Company

Mild citric tartness with hoppy notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Pretty juicy with low bitterness.

Luminescent Chocolate Coconut Porter by Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers

This porter had light roasted malt notes with toasted coconut and rich dark chocolate. It was medium bodied and not too heavy. I liked this one a lot!

Mortal Kombat X Raiden Imperial Saison by Sound Brewery

This super saison was also super old, but the hops still brought nice notes of citrus and tropical fruit. The yeast brought notes of apple and pepper. For a couple of year old this held up extremely well.

Brews Brothers Vol. 4 – Turning Japanese by Parallel 49 & Red Collar

This Belgian-style wit had light notes of coriander, orange, and bready & grainy malt with a touch of Belgian yeast character.

Strange Times For Modern Fellows by Strange Fellows Brewing & Modern Times

This mixed-culture saison has aged beautifully. It had tons of tropical fruit and citrus notes with straw-like malt and a nice bit of barnyard funk.

Kiwami Plum Sour by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

This was an age bottle of the original run. It was super light and mildly tart with a touch of plum.

Sour Wheat Gose by Field House Brewing Co.

This gose had a floral and herbal nose. the palate had floral notes of elderflower and spicy coriander with a touch of salt.

Participation Ribbon by Twin Sails Brewing

This was a nice west coast pale with notes of grapefruit, melon, berry, and pine with lots of earthy bitterness in the finish.

Aura: Guava & Hibiscus by Payette Brewing Company

This kettle sour was light bodied and refreshing with a floral and fruity nose. The palate had notes of guava, passionfruit, hibiscus, and light crackery malt.

Dark Sour: Blackberry + Blueberry by Field House Brewing

Lightly tart with lots of blueberry and blackberry flavour. Sweetness hides the 10% ABV very well.

Triticale Super Saison by Coal Harbour Brewing Company

This super saison had notes of lemon peel, blackberry, peppercorn and grainy malt followed by a super dry finish.

Huge Citrus Hazy Pale Ale by Moody Ales

Strong notes of orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and stone fruits, with a touch of funk. Juicy and light-bodied. Moderate bitterness.

Zen Yuzu Berliner Weisse by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks & Four Winds

This kettle sour was light and refreshing with notes of lemon, lime, mandarin, and grapefruit. Mild acidity with a zesty citrus bite.

Trifecta by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

This hopfenweizen had fruity hop notes of strawberry, kiwi, and lime with yeasty notes of banana and clove.

Yeast Van Brewery District Gin Barrel Aged by Coal Harbour Brewing Company

I definitely prefer this to the original double pale. However, the bright gin botanicals don’t shine through that well. It was pretty earthy and oaky with a touch of juniper.

Mental Floss by Beere Brewing Company

This double IPA was hazy and juicy with notes of dank resin, citrus, tropical fruit, and biscuity malt. Smooth AF.

Beachcomber by Breakside Brewery

I was as really looking forward to this. It was a golden ale aged in run barrels with spices, however, I think this bottle was infected. It tasted bitter and rancid with an aroma not unlike terpentine.

Wayfarer by Strange Fellows Brewing

This American-style barley wine was rich and boozy with notes of caramel, toffee, plums, raisins, figs, and earthy hop bitterness. It wasn’t a hop bomb like some American barley wines, but definitely hoppier than an English style. I bought a second bottle, because I think it will be nicer once the hops have dropped off.

Mexican IPA (Collaboration IPA Series) by Field House Brewing Co.

This IPA was a weird ass colour! It was light bodied and a little floury with mild notes of guava, papaya, lime, and the faintest hint of cilantro.

Old English Ale by Tunnel Brewery

I really don’t know what this random bottle was. It seemed pretty old and grassy with a touch of caramel and honey from the malt.

Steam Punk by Longwood Brewery

Mild toasty and chocolate notes with lots of grainyness. Super dry finish.

Brews Brothers Vol. 4 – One Way Or Another by Parallel 49 Brewing & Riot Brewing

A decent kettle sour with mild notes of pear.

Draught

Danny’s Irish Style Red Ale by Moylan’s Brewery—at The Guild

Sweet malty nose with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and berries. Light earthy bitterness in the finish.

Moylander Double IPA by Moylan’s Brewery—at The Guild

Floral hops and sweet malt on the nose. Notes of pine, citrus, bread, and caramel on the palate. Nice earthy bitterness in the finish.

Morning Ritual Coffee Stout by Moylan’s Brewery—at The Guild

Rich dark roast coffee on the nose. Notes of coffee, cocoa, nuts, and roasted malt on the palate with a nice dry, bitter finish.

Midnight Ritual by Moylan’s Brewery—at The Guild

Dark roast coffee nose. Notes of coffee dark chocolate, dark fruits, liquorice, and roasted malt. Quite sweet, which offsets the bitterness.

Ryan Sullivan’s Imperial Stout by Moylan’s Brewery—at The Guild

Malty aroma with notes of roasted malt, medium roast coffee, chocolate, raisins, and molasses, and tabacco on the palate.

Ryan Sullivan’s Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) by Moylan’s Brewery—at The Guild

Bourbon aroma with notes of roasted malt, medium roast coffee, chocolate, raisins, and molasses, vanilla, and oak on the palate.

Schwarzbier by Phillips Brewing Company—at Phillips Brewing Co.

A nice dark lager with mild notes of chocolate, coffee, and light roasted malt. Crisp and smooth.

Phillips Hopfenweisse by Phillips Brewing Company—at Phillips Brewing Co.

Hoppy nose with notes of citrus, banana, bubble gum, and clove on the palate. I really like this one!

Parting Kiss Bourbon Barrel Ale by Twa Dogs Brewery—at The Churchill

Very sweet with thin notes of vanilla and caramel. Little bourbon or oak quality. A little sickly.

Doan German IPA (Callista) by Doan’s Craft Brewing Company—at The Churchill

Very fruity with notes of stonefruits, berries, grapefruit, and pine.

Drawn To Light by Driftwood Brewery—at The Churchill

Super floral nose. Notes of citrus and tropical fruit, bready malt, mild spice, and a touch of light funk. Nice dry finish.

No. 1 by Phantom Beer Co.—at The Churchill

Batch 2, I guess. It’s a lot smoother than the first, but I miss the bitterness.

Numbskull Ahtanum Edition by Lighthouse Brewing Company—at The Churchill

Floral nose with hoppy notes of grapefruit and peaches on the palate over a complex malt base. Finishes with earthy and spicy bitterness.