Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting notes (47 beers)—Mar 27–Apr 2

IMG_20170406_235631.jpgWow! That was another big week for beer with the usual bottles at home, a Brasserie Dunham tap takeover at Smiths Pub on Wednesday, a Fuggles & Warlock tap takeover at Six Mile Pub on Saturday, then drinks at a friend’s before heading to Oregon Day at The Drake, where I managed to drink 75% of the menu. That’s about 47 unique beers in total…

Bottles at home

Ode To Wallflower by Powell Brewery

This beer had a beautiful balance between the gin botanicals, the citrus from the hops, the toffee/caramel sweetness from the malt, and the woodiness of the oak. It was almost like a drinking a G&T made with oaked gin. See my full review.

Milk Stout Nitro by Left Hand Brewing Company

Tons of delicious roasted malt character, with coffee, chocolate, and nuts. Also, just a touch of hop bitterness. So smooth and creamy from the combination of the lactose and the nitro. I love that it’s nitro in a bottle. Pour it hard!

Herbe à Détourne by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

This is like one of those Easter oranges with cloves poked in the skin. Citrus from the hops, spice from the phenols, and fruit from the esters. Quite delightful!

Gose With A Nose by R&B Brewing Co. and Doan’s

This beer would drive the BCJP nuts. A gose that has been dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic. It is lightly tart and salty with a citrus and tropical fruit nose. It’s not all that gose-like anymore, but I like it, whatever it is!

Best Case Ontario by Four Winds Brewing

Apples, pears, a touch of pepper, a hint of wood, and some mild barnyard funk from the wild yeast. I like it a lot!

Shazoo by Gigantic Brewing Company

Big notes of chocolate and coffee. Smooth, sweet, creamy, and boozy. I didn’t realize this was 8.5%! I drank it way too quickly.

Brews Brothers What’s Golden by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

For an hazy East Coast IPA this is not as juicy as I’d like. Hop notes of citrus, tropical fruit, and grapefruit with a touch of bready and caramel malt.

Precious Porter by LoveShack Libations

I found this one to be very thin and a little astringent. It almost tasted like stagnant water.

Beer League Craft Brewed Lager by Central City Brewers + Distillers

Caramel/biscuit malt, and not much else. Better than drinking a Lucky, but not my cup of tea.

Short Wave by Phillips Brewing Company

This is ten times the beer that Blue Buck is. It has a malt-forward body with citrus hops notes of orange peel and grapefruit rind. Great balance between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness.

Dead Guy Ale by Rogue Ales & Spirits

Inspired by a German maibock, this has the grainy malt profile of a bock with a the earthy herbal hops of an ale. It’s almost like a red ale.

Beetnik by Longwood Brewery

This beetroot stout was rather interesting, though the beet was very subtle until it warmed up, then it played well with the dark malt notes to create a very complex palate. I found the body a little thin, though.

Tripel Karmeliet by Brouwerij Bosteels

Banana, pear, apple, clove, pepper, candi sugar, oh my! The three grains give it a smooth yet complex mouthfeel. I think I love this beer!

American Farmhouse IPA by Powell Brewery and Four Winds

My last can! Light, floral, and citrusy with some fruity ester notes of pear, apple, and banana. Smooth and easily drinkable.

Towers And Trains by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

My last can. The Burgamot flavour is definitely lighter than the Salt Spring Island Ales Earl Grey IPA, but that might actually be a good thing. The Earl Grey adds a gentle floral aroma and lingering bitter finish.

High Socks by Twin Sails Brewing

My last can. Nice herbal aroma with a touch of pine, tropical fruit and citrus. Sweet malt backbone with a satisfying bitter finish.

The Drake’s Oregon Day Event

Saison Du Champignon by Gigantic Brewing Company

Oregon Day #1: Saison yeast spice with oyster mushrooms. Like eating spicy fried mushrooms.

Mons Meg by Gigantic Brewing Company

Oregon Day #2: Rich caramel malt with some biscuity toffee, dark dried fruits, with a touch of earthiness and peat. Great Scottish ale!

Hazelutely Choctabulous by Rogue Ales & Spirits

Oregon Day #3: Lots of a hazelnut and chocolate—like drinking a Ferrer Rocher.

6 Hop IPA by Rogue Ales & Spirits

Oregon Day #4. A decent IPA with hop notes of grapefruit rind and lemon peel and a pale malt backbone. The finish was dry and relatively bitter. I love the fact that the ABV is 6.66% though!

Blueberry (2015) by Cascade Brewing Company

Oregon Day #5. Herbal and blueberries on the nose with tart blueberries and oak on the palate. So tasty.

Sang Noir (2015) by Cascade Brewing Company

Oregon Day #6. Plums, dark fruit, leather, oak, and a touch of balsamic.

Vlad The Imp Aler by Cascade Brewing Company

Oregon Day #7: Sweet and sour. Toffee malt, brown sugar, lactic and acetic. Touch of cherry, bourbon, and wood.

Bourbonic Plague by Cascade Brewing Company

Oregon Day #8: Dark malts, bourbon, dates, vanilla, cinnamon, oak. This is complex!

Fatali Four by Upright Brewing Company

Oregon Day #9: Spicy AF. Touch of sour and fruit, but the heat was the major sensation.

Sole Composition Nectarine Donuts by Upright Brewing Company

Oregon Day #10. Like drinking a liquidized apricot abd nectarine flavoured fruit donut.

Nevørmind Oyster Stout by Gigantic Brewing Company

Oregon Day #11: Dark roasted malt, chocolate, and a touch of salty oyster. Like Clamato, it sounds so wrong, but tastes so right.

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Salted Caramel Stout by Breakside Brewery

Oregon Day #12: Bourbon, caramel, chocolate, salt, wood. Divine.

Tim’s Tripel by Ninkasi Brewing Company

Oregon Day #13: Banana, bubble gum, clove. Hits all the right notes and does it so well!

Homunculus by Breakside Brewery

Oregon Day #14. Brett as a mofo. There’s a lot going on with all the blending. Almost too much.

Four/Vert Barrel Blend by Upright Brewing Company

Oregon Day #15: interesting blend with a floral, herbal, and citrus nose and lots of funk and oak on the palette.

Safe Word Triple IPA by Breakside Brewery

Oregon Day #16: tropical fruit, resin, and the dankness!

Citrus Myrtle by The Commons Brewery

Oregon Day #17: grapefruit peel, orange peel, and all the citrus!

Myrtle by The Commons Brewery

Oregon Day #18: Very lemony and tart.

Pfriem Brett Wit by Pfriem Family Brewers

Oregon Day #19: Farmhouse funk, citrus, and light coriander.

Bellwether by Breakside Brewery

Oregon Day #20: I am loving the gin barrel aged beers. Juniper and other botanicals with a touch of oak.

Brasseries Dunham Tap Takeover at Smiths

Cyclope Alpha IPA by Brasserie Dunham

This had a surprisingly low ABV of 5.7, but had tons of lemon, mango, grapefruit and a touch of pine from the hops, with a sweet and crackery malt base.

Oro Zuur by Brasserie Dunham

This Amarillo dry-hopped sour had a floral aroma with citrus and floral notes on the palate with a mild tartness.

Ping Pong Wizard by Brasserie Dunham

This wheat grisette was tart, citric, and dry with mild fruity ester and peppery phenol notes.

Pale Ale Americaine by Brasserie Dunham

Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, and pine. Biscuit malt backbone.

Saison Cassis by Brasserie Dunham

A lightly sour and tart saison with big blackcurrant and berry notes.

Saison Rustique by Brasserie Dunham

Floral and herbal nose with spicy pepper and coriander notes, accompanied by citrus and tropical fruit. Dry finish.

Rumpelstiltskin Pilsner by Strange Fellows Brewing

Bright, clean, and crisp with grassy, herbal, and earthy notes from the noble hops.

Barcode Blues Esb by Riot Brewing Co.

A classic English bitter with a floral notes and earthy, grassy hop flavour. Caramel malt backbone. Bitter-sweet finish.

Fuggles & Warlock Tap Takeover at Six Mile

Gin & Lime Pilsner by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

The lime and gin come though nicely with the pilsner base,but seem a little subdued. The Powell Ode to Wallflower works a little better.

Icarus Mosaic Saison by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

The combination of Mosaic hops of Saison yeast gave this saison notes of pineapple, banana, pine, spices, and a touch of mint. It’s a great combination.

Bean Me Up Espresso Milk Stout by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

This coffee milk stout had big notes of espresso, chocolate, and nuts. The mouthfeel was really creamy from the lactose, with a bitter-sweet finish.