13 Dec

The Tom Green Beer| 24 Days of Beer #13

Day 13-Tom Green Milk Stout-Beau's

So dark it fades into my desk, Tom Green is ready for imbibing.


Brewery: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.
Style: Milk Stout
ABV: 5%      IBU: 27

Tom Green Milk Stout pours a clear black with a small tan head that dissipates slowly to a thin covering and small ring of bubbles. A malt and creamy aroma is complimented by hints of chocolate and roasted coffee notes with just a touch of vanilla.

With caramel notes up front, the flavour of this stout is a definitely lighter and sweeter than a standard stout. Good malt and coffee flavours provide a nice backbone for the milk chocolate and vanilla notes that make this mild brew unique. The Tom Green Beer has a smooth, thick body with a nice mouthfeel and dry finish.

3 and a halfcat

Mike says:

Very nice malts!

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12 Dec

Imperial Russian Stout | 24 Days of Beer #12

Day 12-Wellington Imperial Russian Stout

This Imperial Russian Stout is rich enough to help you stay warm in the coldest of weather

Brewery: Wellington Brewery
Style: Strong Stout
ABV: 8%      IBU: 42

Wellington Imperial Russian Stout pours black with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. Strong toasted malts and coffee dominate the aroma with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and licorice coming through as well as just a touch of spice.

The flavour opens bitter with strong coffee and malt notes and just a touch of chocolate sweetness. A light spice and strong bitter character follow with more chocolate and licorice notes. Strong carbonation and a lasting spicy bitterness make this stout somewhat prickly despite the thick body

4 out of 5 cats

Mike says:

So dark and delicious!

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11 Dec

Butler’s Bitter | 24 Days of Beer: Day 11

Day 11-Butlers Bitter-Niagara Teaching Brewery

Seriously cloudy, Butler’s Bitter is a classic unfiltered brew


Brewery: Niagara College Teaching Brewery
Style: English Bitter
ABV: 4.4%      IBU: 46

This cloudy, golden orange bitter pours with a moderate amount of white head. Dissipating quickly, the foam leaves only a tiny ring of bubbles around the outside of the glass. The mild nose is dominated by toasty malts with just a hint of caramel. Slight hints of lemon are also noticeable in the subdued aroma.

The flavour of Butler’s Bitter begins quite mellow before moving into a light toasted and caramel malt flavour with a slightly tart bitterness. A hint of fruit is also present in the flavour but here is is more apple orchard than citrus. A medium body and low carbonation make this a very smooth brew but, while it is a nice example of the style, I am not terrible wowed by it. It is a nice, mellow, English bitter but it doesn’t seem to do a lot to set itself apart.

3 out of 5 cats

Mike says:

Lives up to its name, whatever that means.

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10 Dec

HopBot IPA | 24 Days of Beer: Day 10

Day 10_HopBot IPA_Hop City

Clear and bright, HopBot IPA is an inviting brew


Brewery: Hop City Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.1%      IBU: 70

This IPA pours a clear golden colour with a small head of foam. The head has some retention, fading to a thin covering of bubbles and some carbonation is evident. Strong, juicy grapefruit and peach dominate the aroma and a hint of tangerine is also evident. Traces of leafy hops round it out for an inviting, intense aroma.

HopBot’s flavour follows its aroma quite well with strong citrus fruits and resiny, leafy hops. Grapefruit, and orange give it a juicy body while the hints of sweet peach balance the high IBUs. A prickly, spicy bitterness dominates the mouthfeel, leaving a lasting sensation of prickly citrus spice.

4 out of 5 cats

Mike says:

HopBot has great mouthfeel!

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09 Dec

Red Rocket Stout | 24 Days of Beer: Day 9

Day 9 - Red Rocket Stout - Sawdust City

Don’t let the calm black body fool you, Red Rocket is full of fire


Brewery: Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Style: American Stout
ABV: 5.2%      IBU: 35

This fantastic stout pours a pitch black with a thin head of tan foam. The head has some retention, dissipating to a thin ring as you drink. The aroma is dominated by coffee roasts and light caramel malts with a somewhat creamy note. Hints of burnt toast and a touch of cinnamon round out the scent.

Surprisingly mild for about half a second, Red Rocket Spiced Coffee Stout immediately reminds you that it is a spiced beer. Strong cayenne and cinnamon flavours explode, dominating the flavour throughout. A touch of vanilla and cream round it out and accentuate the creamy chocolate malt backbone. A very solid stout with great character, this is a real treat for spice lovers. A medium body prevents it from becoming too heavy while a prickly spice aftertaste persists long after each sip.

4 and a halfcat

Mike says:

Spice is nice!

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08 Dec

French Press Vanilla Stout| 24 Days of Beer: Day 8

Day 8 - French Press Vanilla Stout - Double Trouble

The only way to drink French Press Vanilla Stout is in large quantities


Brewery: Double Trouble Brewing Co.
Style: Stout
ABV: 4.8%      IBU: N/A

This exceptionally drinkable stout pours black with a medium covering of lasting tan head that leaves some lacing. Rich vanilla dominates the aroma with a backdrop of strong, bitter coffee and just a hint of sweet toffee.

French Press Vanilla Stout tastes pretty much exactly how you would expect with strong vanilla notes and a fantastic coffee and chocolate malt backbone. Not an overly complex beer, it does what it does very, very well. A medium body and somewhat prickly carbonation make this somewhat thinner than one might expect from a coffee stout but the lasting bitter aftertaste is just what you would expect.

4 and a halfcat

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07 Dec

St. Crispin’s Mild | 24 Days of Beer: Day 7

Day 7_ St Crispins Mild_Indie Alehouse

Getting the most of our growler before the year is over


Brewery: Indie Alehouse
Style: English Mild
ABV: 3.8%      IBU: 20-30

St. Crispin’s Mild pours a clear, dark mahogany. The thick, white head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing down the glass as you drink. A soft aroma of bready malt and bitter hops includes some hints of caramel, roasted grains, and a light spice.

This beer is incredibly well-balanced with a rich malty flavour and the perfect level of bitterness. Flavourful and easy-drinking, St. Crispin’s Mild is a great option if you want something light enough that you can drink it all afternoon and delicious enough that you won’t get bored. A touch of spice and nuts and a hint of roasted grains add a nice layer of complexity before a pleasantly dry, bitter finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation, it has a lasting malt aftertaste with some bitterness.

4 out of 5 cats

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06 Dec

Winter Warmer | 24 Days of Beer #6

Day 6_ Junction Craft_Winter Warmer

The dark head of this Winter Warmer betrays its spicy character


Brewery: Junction Craft Brewing
Style: Winter Warmer
ABV: 5.5%      IBU: 40

This gorgeous winter beer pours pitch black with a thick tan head which boasts good retention and nice lacing. A strong malty character dominates the aroma and is complemented by bread and caramel notes. Leafy hops also make their presence known but there is a surprising lack of evidence of spice for the style.

That lack of spice in the aroma is more than made up for with the spice bomb that hits your taste buds at first sip. Mellowing to a rich, caramel malt, Winter Warmer quickly demonstrates how it got its name. Caramel, bread, carib, and coffee notes shine through the heavy malt character and the strong spice flavour carries throughout. The lingering aftertaste is also dominated by spice with a strong malt presence and notes of carib. The body of this beer is thick and velvety smooth with plenty of carbonation resulting in an almost prickly brew.

A great beer for long, cold, winter nights, this is one I will be sure to come back to, again and again.

4 and a halfcat

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05 Dec

Side Launch Wheat | 24 Days of Beer: Day 5

Day 5-Side Launch Wheat
Day 5-Side Launch Wheat

Summery and light, this bright wheat is a great break from the heavier beers of winter


Brewery: Side Launch Brewing 
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.4%      IBU: N/A

This hazy golden wheat pours with a nice pillowy top of lacy, white head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing as you drink. The aroma is dominated by banana and spice with strong wheat notes. Pale malts and floral, grassy hops are also present along with a touch of cloves.

The taste follows the aroma nicely with strong apricot, orange, and banana flavours that are well complimented by significant spicy clove notes, pale malts. and distinct grassy hops. An exceptionally sessionable beer, Side Launch Wheat is more flavourful and well-rounded than your average hefeweizen and has quickly become one of my favourites. With an average to light texture and body and medium carbonation, it is a great example of the style and I look forward to seeing what else will come out of this new brewery in the months to come.

4 and a halfcat

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04 Dec

Old Tomorrow CPA | 24 Days of Beer: Day 4

Day4 - Old Tomorrow CPA
Day4 - Old Tomorrow CPA

Old Tomorrow CPA earns extra points for great can design


Brewery: Old Tomorrow
Style: Canadian Pale Ale
ABV: 4.9%      IBU: 18

Old Tomorrow’s CPA has a somewhat hazy copper-amber colour and pours with a small, white, lasting head. It leaves some mild lacing behind and retains a thin covering of head throughout. The aroma is of bready malts with some great citrusy and leafy hops also present and a touch of roasted, spicy rye.

Fairly malt-forward for a the style, Old Tomorrow CPA features great hay and grassy notes and a nice level of hop bitterness: Less hoppy than your standard IPA, it is nonetheless distinctly more bitter than a typical pale ale. Pine, citus, and leafy hops are all present, bringing out a bit of spicy rye flavours and leaving a lingering bitter aftertaste. With a medium body and average carbonation, this sessionable Canadian pale ale is a great day-to-day brew.

3 and a halfcat

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