24 Dec

Winter Beard | 24 Days of Beer #24

Day 24 - Winter Beard - Muskoka

Winter Beard is ready for sharing!

 

Brewery: Muskoka Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 8%       IBU: N/A

This delicious Christmas treat pours a very deep brown with a small head of tan foam. The aroma is dominated by strong cranberry tartness with good, sweet chocolate malt notes.

The flavour follows the aroma well although it is significantly less sweet than the aroma suggests. Dominated by tart cranberries over a rich carib body, Winter Beard has a medium to thick body with a smooth, lingering tartness.

4 out of 5 cats

Mike says:

“Didn’t taste much as much cranberry as expected.”

 

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23 Dec

Saint of Circumstance | 24 Days of Beer #23

Day 23 - Saint of Circumstance - Collective Arts

Saint of Cicumstance features great art from local artists

 

BreweryCollective Arts
Style: American Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.7%     IBU: 19

This American Blonde pours a cloudy pale golden yellow with a small head of white foam that dissipates slowly. The mellow nose is dominated by pale malts and faint citrus hops with some bready notes. Traces of grassy and leafy hops also make their presence known.

Saint of Circumstance has a smooth, citrusy hop flavour with good bready pale malts and a touch of lemon and lime. A bit of skunkiness and a slightly sour after taste kind of ruin it for me but the overall flavour is pretty good. This blonde has a nice mouthfeel with strong carbonation and a medium body.

3 out of 5 cats

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22 Dec

100 Mile Ale | 24 Days of Beer: Day 22

Day 22 - 100 Mile Ale - Ontario Beer Company

100 Mile Ale is sunny and inviting!

 

Brewery: Ontario Beer Company
Style: American Amber
ABV: 5.4%      IBU: 44

This American Amber pours a clear, deep orangey yellow with a small head and features a malty aroma with nice honey notes and dominant roasted grains. Just a hint of caramel and leafy hops round out the aroma.

Dominated by roasted grainy malts, 100 Mile Ale has a faint flavour of caramel and honey with nice leafy, grassy hops coming through. Average carbonation and a medium body makes for a nice mouthfeel with a bit of lingering malts.

3 and a halfcat

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21 Dec

Hawaiian Pale Ale | 24 Days of Beer #21

Day 21 - Hawaiian Style Pale Ale - Spearhead

Full of Caribbean citrus, Hawaiian Style is a nice break from the winter!

 

Brewery: Spearhead Brewing
Style: Hawaiian Style Pale Ale
ABV: 6%        IBU: 60

This pale ale pours a golden yellow with a small white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is dominated by grapefruit and tropical citrus notes with some leafy hops present.

Mildly bitter with some tropical fruit notes, Hawaiian Pale Ale is a light, refreshing beer with a nice citrus hop bite. Medium carbonation and body round it out for an enjoyable drinking experience. A tasty beer from a great brewery, it deserves a chance if you see it around, and you will. Their other brews are a lot less easy to come by but just as deserving of a try, particularly the Indie White Ale (a surprisingly lovely wheat IPA) and Jamaican Fire, a spicy coffee stout.

3 out of 5 cats

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20 Dec

Kentucky Bastard | 24 Days of Beer #20

Day 20 - Kentucky Bastard - Nickel Brook

Rich and dark, Kentucky Bastard is begging to be enjoyed… slowly.

 

Brewery: Nickel Brook Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10%        IBU: 70

Kentucky Bastard pours black with a boozy bourbon aroma and finger of dark tan head. The bubbles dissipates to a ring around the edges with light lacing. Hints of caramel, coffee, and butterscotch temper the strong bourbon character releasing a touch of vanilla and roasty malts. The ring of head dissipates slowly throughout drinking, leaving a thin circle.

This imperial stout opens with soft caramel and vanilla before kicking your tastebud’s asses with a powerful, boozy, bourbon bite. Hints of coffee and carib come through, bringing coffee and vanilla notes. The body is tick and smooth with significant carbonation. Kentucky Bastard doesn’t fade away quietly either with a significant vanilla and bourbon lasting aftertaste.

5 out of 5 cats

Mike says:

Kentucky Bastard is ultra-full-flavoured!

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19 Dec

Oatmeal Stout | 24 Days of Beer #19

Day 19 - Oatmeal Stout - St-Ambroise

Oatmeal Stout ready to warm us up on this cold night

 

Brewery: St-Ambroise
Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 5%        IBU: N/A

This oatmeal stout pours black with a finger of tan head that dissipates slowly. Roasted coffee and chocolate malts dominate the aroma with hints of oats and a touch of vanilla and toffee.

The flavour is mostly strong bitter malts with strong notes of coffee and carib. A strong coffee bite compliments the thick, creamy body, subtle oats, and breadiness. Somewhat aggressively fizzy on the swallow, it has a lasting bitter aftertaste much like a good coffee, but smoother.

3 and a halfcat

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18 Dec

Vanilla Porter | 24 Days of Beer: Day 18

Day 18 - Vanilla Porter - Mill Street

With a huge vanilla foam head, this porter is oh-so inviting!

 

Brewery: Mill Street
Style: Porter
ABV: 5%        IBU: N/A

Vanilla Porter pours a dark brown with a very large, tan head. I forgot about the nitrogen component of this beer and exploded it a bit… or a lot, all over the desk. Luckily I missed my lovely mechanical keyboard (beer has been the bane of many a keyboard in this household) and salvaged most of the beer. The head of foam dissipates slowly to about a half inch which remains throughout drinking and leaves a faint tracing of lacing. This porter is dominated by strong vanilla aromas with great malt character, like an old-fashioned milkshake. Toffee and chocolate notes add a great complexity with coffee and roasted barley hints and a touch of candied fruits.

The flavour of Mill Street Vanilla Porter begins with a subdued roasted malt character with traces of biscuit before growing into a strong wave of vanilla with hints of toffee and cappuccino. Eventually it fades to a subtle sweetness with caramel and semi-sweet chocolate malts before finishing up with lingering vanilla, biscuit, and coffee notes. The rich, sweet flavour of this porter is well complimented by the smooth mouthfeel and creamy body compliments of the nitrogen-infused bubbles.

4 and a halfcat

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17 Dec

Oast House Saison | 24 Days of Beer #17

Day 17 - Farmhouse Ale Saison - Niagara Oast House

A lovely cloudy yellow, Oast House Saison makes me think of summer despite the cold

 

Brewery: Niagara Oast House Brewers
Style: Saison
ABV: 7%      IBU: N/A

This saison pours a cloudy golden yellow with a medium white head of foam. The head dissipates to a thin covering and a thicker ring of bubbles around the edge that leaves some light lacing down the glass as you drink. Strong pineapple and tangerine notes dominate the aroma and are supported by a light malt backbone with hints of funky yeast.

The flavour of this Oast House Saison begins with soft pineapple before growing into a strong citrus hop body with some tart sourness. A bit if light spice and some lemon notes compliment the juicy citrus and just a touch of grassiness rounds out the flavour quite well.

Effervescent and almost aggressively bubbly, this saison has a very different mouthfeel than many others, almost closer to a similarly citrusy IPA than most of the other saisons I have had recently. Despite the high ABV, Oast House Saison does not taste at all boozy thanks to the strong competing flavours. A novel saison, I quite liked this one and will be keeping my eyes open for other offerings from this brewery.

4 out of 5 cats

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16 Dec

Hops & Bolts | 24 Days of Beer: Day 16

Day 16 - Hops & Bolts - Creemore

Our beer festival glasses are the perfect size for sharing a Hops & Bolts

 

Brewery: Creemore Springs
Style: India Pale Lager
ABV: 5.3%      IBU: 60

Hops & Bolts pours a hazy medium brown with a white head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The nose is well balanced between citrus, tropical hops and toffee malts with some hints of leafy hops underneath.

The flavour of this India Pale Lager starts out  mild with a touch of toffee sweetness and tame almost noble hop flavours. Soon it morphs into a burst of citrus and tropical hops before fading to a dry, bitter finish with a nice touch of toasted grains. More earthy in flavour than aroma, Hops & Bolts has a light mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

3 out of 5 cats

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15 Dec

Farmageddon | 24 Days of Beer: Day 15

Day 15 - Farmaggedon - Bellwoods

A pale, hazy gold, Farmaggedon saison reminds me of a frosty winter morning

 

Brewery: Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Saison
ABV: 7.2%      IBU: 41

Farmageddon pours a hazy golden straw yellow with medium head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin foam covering a small ring of bubbles. Leaving decent lacing down the glass as you drink, this saison features intense citrusy mango, peach, and pineapple notes with a strong touch of lemon. The brett character is noticeable but subtle and there is a touch of funky yeast notes.

Dominated by a strong sour citrus opening, this vibrant and effervescent brew has good subtle bread notes with a touch of hay and spice. A medium body and strong carbonation round it out and it is smooth and somewhat creamy despite a mild astringency. An odd, almost cider-like beer, it too me awhile to decide if I liked this one but it certainly grew on me the more I had.

4 out of 5 cats

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