Grozet Gooseberry & Wheat Ale – Heather Ales (Alloa, Scotland)

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  • My Rating: C+

Grozet Gooseberry & Wheat Ale – Heather Ales (Williams Bros Brewing) *1 of 4pack Historic Ales of Scotland*, 5% ABV – 330ml, (Alloa, Scotland)

on the back label:

“Grozet: Auld Scots for Gooseberry (From the Gaelic – Groseid). Since the 16th century Scots monks and Alewives have brewed special concoctions from a blend of malts, wild spice and ripe gooseberries. Bringing together these various ingredients in a beer the brewer attempts to offer a drink which is refreshing, full of flavour and a pleasure to consume. Amongst the Scots literati of the 19th century the Green Grozet was immortalised as ‘a most convivial drink’.”

Ingredients: Malted Barley Bree, Wheat, Gooseberries, Bogmyrtle, Hops.

  • Style: (Gooseberry) flavoured Wheat Ale
  • Taste Profile: sweet/sour barnyard -> light malt/apple/gooseberry -> grapefruity bitter hops/lingering bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $14/4pack, Nov 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, flavours not bold enough

Tasting notes: pours translucent amber yellow with almost no head, a few very slow streams. A light nose consisting of citrus/gooseberry/passionfruit/peach.

Attack: 6/10-sweetness mixed with 4/10-sourness that fades + minor barnyard

Mid-palate: light malts, hints of apple, gooseberry

Finish: sharp transition grapefruity bitter hops, mild tartness, lingering hoppy bitterness

To me this is a “texture” beer as opposed to a “flavourful” beer; By that I mean that this beer involves paying close attention to the transitions of sweet -> sour -> barnyard -> fruit -> bitter hops -> tart -> lingering bitter finish.

Choc-o-holic Porter – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, Canada)

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  • My Rating: F for f”ng gross

TCHO Milk Chocolate Porter (Choco Stout) – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, 7.75% ABV – 650ml, (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the tag:

“Tcho Milk Chocolate Porter brewed in a Baltic Porter style with a Canadian Pilsner malt base, English Munich, Cara and Chocolate malts, American de-husked chocolate malt and a touch of wheat malt, balanced with 2 pitchings of German Hellertaus hops and farmer empowering, sustainably cooperative produced TCHO Source cocao nibs from Ecuador via Pier 17 in San Francisco.”

  • Style: (chocolate) flavoured Stout
  • Taste Profile: overwhelming sourness -> barnyard/puke/coffee -> coffee bitter/pukey aftertaste.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off), Feb 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no way

Tasting notes: pours cloudy ultra-dark brown with lots of sediment, small head, ringed retention, not much activity. Light roast coffee and malts on the nose.

Attack: aggressive wtf 10/10 sourness, not much CO2 mouthfeel

Mid-palate: malts, barnyard sourness, medium roast coffee, light chocolate

Finish: coffee bitterness, rough sour finish.

Strangely sour for a porter/stout… It could be that this is was just a bad bottle but after reading others’ having the same thought, most likely just a crap brew. Stay away – not enjoyable at all. Sour coffee/chocolate/malt??? wth..

Mortis Sour Persimmon Ale – Elysian (Seattle, USA)

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  • My Rating: C

Mortis Sour Persimmon Ale (12 Beers of the Apocalypse Series #11) – Elysian Brewing, 6% ABV – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, WA, USA)

from ratebeer.com:

“Mortis will enwrap you in autumn coils of tartness and decay, with ripe Fuyu persimmons bringing the slightest blush to a pale ale fermented entirely with brettanomyces bruxellensis. German and Northwest wheat, pale and acidulated barley malt and a touch of C-45 Crystal combine with Fuggles hops to wrap things up dry, tight and tart, refreshing and satisfying. Mortis has set in just in time for Thanksgiving.”

  • Style: (Fuyu persimmon) Fruit Ale
  • Taste Profile: fizzy sourness -> yeasty persimmon/apricot/sharp sour -> dry persimmon bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off), Feb 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Tasting notes: pours almost clear golden tangerine orange with a smallish head, not much lacing, ringed retention, a few slow streams. Sour persimmon, apricot, and a hint of citrus on the nose.

Attack: fizzy/crisp, 4/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: yeasty-wheatiness, persimmon, light apricot, sharp sourness

Finish: dry persimmon flesh bitterness, lingering dryness.

A beer with a unique flavour profile. I don’t love it, so it’s not worth recommending or drinking again.

Organic Chocolate Stout – Samuel Smith’s (Tadcaster, UK)

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  • My Rating: A-

Organic Chocolate Stout – Samuel Smith’s, 5.0% ABV – 550ml, (Tadcaster, UK)

on the back label:

“Brewed with well water from the original well  sunk in 1758, the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and real organic cocoa used in this ale impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavors and a delightful finish – this is the perfect marriage of satisfying stout and luxurious chocolate that will lead to smiles and refills. Samuel Smith’s brews in traditional coppers, uses stone ‘Yorkshire Squares’ for fermentation, and ships every bottle from the brewery with great pride.”

  • Style: (chocolate) flavoured Stout
  • Taste Profile: malty sweetness -> chocolate/coffee/hazelnut -> bitter roast/coffee/lingering bittersweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off), Feb 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: maybe 1x more
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: absolutely

Tasting notes: pours jet coffee black with a small creamy head, long-lasting foamy retention, lots of sticky lacing. Robust and a distinctly milk chocolatey nose.

Attack: fizzy/creamy, 6/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: malts, milk chocolate, hints of cola/sarsaparilla, hazelnut

Finish: mild bitter roast, traces of sourness, light coffee & bittersweet malty lingering long finish.

Amazingly full-bodied for a relatively low ABV (5%) beer. A superb balance of sweetness, flavour, bitterness, and drinkability.

Truth Serum Wheat Wine Ale – Russell Brewing (Surrey, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Truth Serum Wheat Wine Ale – Russell Brewing, 10% ABV – 650ml – 70IBU, (Surrey, BC, Canada)

printed on the back of the bottle:

“Brewed with 50% Canadian Wheat Malt and a blend of imported Pilsner and Munich malts. Aggressively hopped with French Strisselspalt and US Columbus hops. The Wheat Malt imparts a slight tang that ties in beautifully with the blackcurrant notes from the abundant use of Strisselspalt Hops. At 10% alc./vol. this ale is ridiculously smooth and easy to drink. Savour the dry, clean finish.”

  • Style: Barley Wine (with wheat)
  • Taste Profile: sweet malts/alcohol -> hoppy bitterness/caramel malts/cassis/tangerine -> grapefruit hoppy/alcohol bitterness/bittersweet malty finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $8 (after 10% off), Feb 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yah; it is good value + decent

Tasting notes: pours translucent golden copper brown with almost no head, ringed retention, and a few steady streams. Sweet alcoholic malts and orange peel on the nose.

Attack: 7/10-rich malty sweetness, med-heavy/med-bitter alcohol

Mid-palate: sharp hoppy bitterness, thick caramel malts, creamy-light-fizzy mouthfeel, hints of cassis, tangerine backdrop

Finish: lingering grapefruit hoppy bitter, alcohol bitterness, bittersweet malty finish.

The alcohol is well-hidden but this beer becomes too heavy and predictable halfway through the bottle.

 

Mt. Boucherie Late Harvest Chardonnay 2004 (Kelowna, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

Late Harvest Chardonnay – Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery, 12% ABV – 375ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“This voluptuous dessert wine entices the palate with aromas and flavours of apricot, pear and honey. Well balanced with a smooth and supple mouth feel that pairs well with lemon cheesecake.”

  • Style: Late Harvest (Chardonnay)
  • Taste Profile: sweetness w/ alcohol -> preserved apricot/apple/honey -> sour/warm bitter/sweet alcoholic finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $18 (after 10% off), November 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados:

Tasting notes: pours deep rich golden amber orange. Fruity sweet apple and pear on the nose.

Attack: 8/10-sweetness mixed with detectable alcohol

Mid-palate: tangy rich preserved apricot, apple, honey, mild bitterness

Finish: medium sour, slightly oily, light warmth, light-med bitter alcoholic sweet finish

Somewhat interesting because it drinks differently from the bright fruity sweetness that I am used to in dessert wines. I kind of like the rich-bitter-sour depth of this one.

 

Chapeau Peche Lambic (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Chapeau Pêche Lambic, 3.5% ABV – 37.5cl, (Ternat-Wambeek, Belgium)

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

  • Style: (peach) Fruit Lambic
  • Taste Profile: apple juice sweetness -> yellow peach -> crisp sweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot Cambie
  • How much: $8, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: with friends
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50, it’s more for casual drinkers

Tasting notes: pours brilliant clear orangish/yellow with a nice-sized foamy head, good lacing, a bit of slow activity. Bright, fruity sweet mainly apple/light peach nose.

Attack: huge apple aroma, oncoming 7/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: mellow yellow peach, fizziness, continual sweetness

Finish: crisp, trace malts, sweet finish.

Quite simple and straightforward. Drinks pleasantly with ease though more like a cider than a beer.