Elysian Prometheus IPA – Manic IPA Series (USA)

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  • My Rating: C+

Prometheus IPA – Elysian Brewing, 6.7% ABV – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, WA, USA)

  • Style: IPA
  • Taste Profile: ultra bitter hoppy/salty -> bitter grapefruit/malt/bitter hops/orange/caramel -> salty-like/bitter hoppy finish.
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey
  • How much: ~$9, March 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: Pours a beautiful bright copper orange with a smallish head and not much retention, lots of CO2 activity. Sweet malts on the nose.

Attack: onslaught of 10/10-hoppy bitterness, medium freshness, mild saltiness, 4/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: bitter grapefruit in the background, malts, continuation of hoppy bitterness, orange oil, hints of caramel

Finish: leaves an almost salty-like feeling on the palate, lingering bitter hops.

Final notes: This beer is all bitter hops from start to finish with some grapefruit citrus and malts. I can’t say I love it… but I’m happy I tried it. Too hoppy-bitter aggressive for me.

 

Tugwell Creek Brazen Blackberry Mead (Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Brazen Blackberry 2008 Honey Berry Wine – Tugwell Creek Meadery, 13% ABV – 500ml, (Sooke, BC, Canada)

On the front label:

“This robust blackberry honey wine is rich and rewarding. Hints of honey and warm summer blackberry flavours pair well with rich meat dishes, pastas, or your favorite cheeses.”

  • Style: (fruit) Mead
  • Taste Profile: incoming alcohol -> dry/blackberry/alcohol/tart/honey -> rough/dry/alcohol.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $32, sometime 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to the curious: no

Tasting notes: Pours a nice clear dark rose colour, with a few bubbles at the base of the glass. Fruity blackberry on the nose, with a hint of apple.

Attack: subdued alcohol in the background, tingling, bold

Mid-palate: 1/10-sweetness, almost completely dry, very blackberry fruit-forward, alcohol, medium tartness, mild honey in the background

Finish: slightly roughish on the tongue, lingering dryness, mild alcohol detection

All-in-all not too fabulous nor shabby. It’s not something that I would pop open and enjoy but I can at least enjoy it for what it is. I’m not super fond of dry beverages.

 

Espresso Stout – Big Rock Brewery (Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Espresso Stout – Big Rock Brewery, 4.2% ABV – 341ml, (Calgary, AB, Canada)

On the front label:

“An infusion of black and coffee malts, roasted barley with fine ground coffee, Espresso Stout will surprise you upon first sip with its light body and 4.2% alcohol content. Silky and sophisticated this brew reveals its dark secrets to your consenting palate.”

  • Style: (coffee) Stout
  • Taste Profile: watery fizzy -> mild bittersweet roasted coffee/malts -> light bitter coffee finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $13/6pack mixed, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: Pours rather uneventfully flat without much head, thin ringed retention, a few visible slow streams. Burnt coffee and malts on the nose, not the good kind of burnt either…

Attack: thin-bodied and watery mouthfeel, light fizzy CO2,

Mid-palate: crisp 4/10-sweetness, persistent wateriness, half-roast/half-burnt coffee, malts, minor breadiness

Finish: med coffee bitter finish, mostly clean but not much carry/length

Average I’d say. It lacks depth and body for my liking  (too watery and basic).

Bob’s Your Dunkel – Mt. Begbie Brewing (Canada)

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  • My Rating: B

Bob’s Your Dunkel – Mt. Begbie Brewing, 8.0% ABV – 650ml, (Revelstoke, BC, Canada)

On the front label:

“All it takes is heaps of wheat, chocolate, munich malt, pure mountain water, a little hops, and a traditional German yeast and ‘Bob’s your Uncle Dunkelweizen’. It’s just that simple! (Did we forget to mention it’s unfiltered with great clove characteristics?)”

  • Style: Dunkelweizen (weizenbock)
  • Taste Profile: sweet creamy/silk -> malt/brown sugar/caramel/bourbon/banana/vanilla -> light bittersweet clean finish.
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey
  • How much: ~$8, March 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: Gotta support local breweries! Might as well eh, since we don’t get too much stuff from south of the border here on the west coast of Canada. Pours a nice med-dark copper brown with a smallish head, thin foamy retention, some slow streams. Sweet med-dark caramel malts on the nose – sweet and inviting.

Attack: burst of 8/10-sweetness, creamy/foamy nice silky mouthfeel

Mid-palate: sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, mild woodiness, light bourbon/wood, light banana/vanilla

Finish: mild candied-sweetness, light-med malty bitter, clean & crisp

I like it. Alcohol takes a backseat or even the trunk as the malt/caramel/bourbon ride shotgun. Great balance and drinkability.

Rosée d’Hibiscus – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel (Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Rosée d’Hibiscus – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel, 5.9% ABV – 341ml, (Quebec, Canada)

On the 6pack box:

“The Rosée d’Hibiscus is a soft spoken wheat beer. The rose colour comes from the hibiscus flowers added during the brewing process. The aromas and flavour of this tropical flower are very prominent in the beer, giving it a slight acidity and a very agreeable fragrance. (Noted: 2006 to 2009 vintages 5.9% abv; 2010 vintage 5.0%)”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, wheat, hibiscus flowers, hops, yeast, spices.

  • Style: (Spiced) Wheat Ale
  • Taste Profile: Sour-tangy light pukey strawberry-banana wheat ale
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $22/6pack, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not really

Tasting notes: (Man I hate buying 6packs. You gotta love a beer a lot to not get sick of it 5 more times after the 1st. Well this only came as a 6er and I love me my spiced beers… ) Anyways, this pours a nice glowing orange-copper-red with almost no head but lots of active streams, larger CO2, minor sediment. Strong hibiscus flowers on the nose, orange & fruity.

Attack: 5/10-sour/tanginess, 6/10-sweetness,

Mid-palate: familiar wheaty banana, more tartness along with roughness, hibiscus, minor yeast, mild funk + sour

Finish: partially rough with accumulating phlegm from the sourness, acidic, light sticky, citrusy not-so-smooth

Overall somewhat interesting, but also hard to finish the entire bottle because the sourness is too powerful and lingering for my tastes. I think it needs more brighter florals to balance it out.

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-= March 27, 2014 =-

(2nd-tasting): Somewhat rough-sour-pukey up front, lots of airy wheat notes in the mid, berry-fruit throughout. Decent when chilled, but I can tell it’ll be overly sour/palate-wrecking when closer to room temp. Upgraded from C to C+.

Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Finish (Scotland)

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  • My Rating: B

Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Finish (47-day matured), 6.9% ABV – 330ml, (7.4% single boxed variant also exists), (Edinburgh, Scotland)

-this is part of their Limited Edition 3-pack which includes their branded glass

On the back label:

“This limited bottling of Innis & Gunn has been finished over oak infused with Caribbean Spiced Rum. The result is absolutely delicious, bursting with the flavours of Caribbean spices along with our signature notes of vanilla, toffee and oak.”

  • Style: Barrel- Aged Ale
  • Taste Profile: Gentle caramel malts -> malts/rum/cinn/nutmeg -> light bitter malty clean finish
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $16/3pack +glass, November 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados:

Tasting notes: pours medium brown-amber with a nice size creamy heady, thin retention, some active streams. Vanilla & toffee malts on the nose.

Attack: gentle 7/10-mellow sweetness mixed with caramel malts

Mid-palate: more malts, minor alcohol detection/rum, trace amounts of cinnamon/nutmeg, mild pepperiness

Finish: soft crisp caramel light bitter malts, clean finish.

Very smooth and drinkable. I like it more than their original.

Chapeau Kriek Lambic Beer (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Chapeau Kriek Lambic – Brewery de Troch (LEFT: New label since 2012, RIGHT: Old label prior 2012), 3.5% ABV – 37.5cl, (Wambeek, Belgium)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat, hop, yeast, sugar flavour, cherries (20%)

  • Style: Fruit Lambic (Kriek)
  • Taste Profile: Creamy/fizzy/sweet -> cherry/wood/tart -> sticky/cloying/sugar overload
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off), March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: just once; also for non-beer drinkers/gals

Tasting notes: pours a deep vibrant blood red with a nice small lasting head, foamy CO2, lots of active streams. Aromatic shweeeeeet cherries and their juice on the nose, so sweet it’s almost candy-like.

Attack: mostly creamy/light fizzy mouthfeel, bright 9/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: fading sugars, dense fruity richness of cherries, light woodiness, med-sourness, light-med tartness

Finish: light stickiness of the sugars, mainly clean, minor sugar-overdose fading alertness

Initial blows your mind with the clean cherry coming through with a minor oaked backdrop. After a 1/3rd through, the sugars becoming cloying and the palate is no longer excited by the fruitiness or sugars. Sugar overload 1/2way through. Reminds me of a soda.