12 Mar

Training Wheels Beer Review

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Enjoying this strong beer with a candlelit, homemade meal

Brewery: Indie Alehouse
Style: Strong Coffee Ale
ABV: 9%        IBU: N/A

With the warmer weather finally coming to Toronto, I have been taking the opportunity to make good use of our Indie Alehouse Growler Club. Popping in for a fill earlier this week, I was sorely tempted by this new ale but unconvinced that an entire growler of it was really a solid plan. Luckily Indie has gotten their new bottling system working and had some handy 500mL bottles available.

Thanks to Untappd, we have gotten into a habit of saving new beers for Thursdays (gotta get those badges!) so we cracked Training Wheels open tonight with our homemade Pav Bhaji, an Indian dish featuring mashed cauliflower, potato, and carrots with a healthy dose of rich spices.

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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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