28 May

Nigerian Prince Beer Review

Nigerian Prince_Indie Alehouse

A heady brew that pours black as night

Brewery: Indie Alehouse
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10%        IBU: N/A

Filling up our 2015 Growler Club growler for the first time in a few weeks, I had a tough choice: A new saison, a new ESB, and a rich, strong imperial stout.

With a fridge full of Canuck and Pompous Ass, I decided the stout would round out our options best and spent the extra $9 for this over-proof, barrel-aged brew.

I think I made the right choice – this stout was a great pairing with our delicious Indian dinner – but I’ll certainly have to be back again soon to try out the other new options available.

 

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13 Apr

Winey Bastard Beer Review

Winey Bastard is a fantastic strong beer for wine lovers

Winey Bastard is a fantastic strong beer for wine lovers

Brewery:  Nickel Brook Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.5%       IBU: 70

Initially I was unsure of this particular imperial stout: The Pinot Noir barrels promised a rather different finish than the Kentucky Bastard’s beautiful bourbon aromas and flavours but the idea intrigued me.

While I do enjoy my occasional glass of red wine, my relationship with the stuff if not always a good one and I tend to reach for a beer over a wine most days. That said, I really like the basis for both of these barrel-aged brews, Nickel Brook’s Bolshevik Bastard, and so I figured it would be worth the experiment to find out just how different the two brews really are. Good thing as this tart imperial stout is highly delicious!

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23 Mar

Frost Quake Beer Review

frost quake_wellington

This Guelph-made barleywine has bold bourbon flavours

Brewery: Wellington Brewery
Style: American Barleywine
ABV: 9.8%        IBU: 85

Feeling the need for a tasty brew after an evening of pouring beer samples for others, I found I could not resist this tempting label. I quite enjoy a good barleywine and bourbon barrels are nothing to sneeze at either so I had to take a closer look. When I realized it was a Wellington brew, I decided it was a solid choice and promptly took one home for the evening. And I was not disappointed, not one bit. Warm and full of dark fruit flavours, it is a robust brew sure to warm you up on the coldest of nights.

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20 Mar

Sunkicked Anejo Beer Review

Sunkicked Anejo_Indie Alehouse

Aged in tequila barrels; it is a sour, boozy brew

Brewery: Indie Alehouse
Style: Barrel Aged Imperial Wit
ABV: 7%        IBU: <10

While stopping in at the Indie Alehouse last weekend for the much anticipated Twin Pines IIPA, I decided to try this unusual barrel-aged brew. Mike had decided to stop in at the Rod, Gun & Barbers across the road for a quick haircut and I didn’t want to get started on the main event until he joined me.

So I picked out something new to try, something different; and I could not have picked something more different if I tried. Pretty far from my usual choices, this tequila barrel aged imperial wit is sour, boozy, and unlikely to appeal to anyone lacking a taste for tequila.

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