The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #5 – Krampus Speciale (Sour Ale)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #5

Krampus Speciale – Birrificio del Ducato, 7.0% ABV – 330ml., (Roncole Verdi di Busseto, Italy)

-Apparently this beer is only available in Canada via the BeerAdvent Calendar, lucky us! Now if only I liked it…

  • Style: Sour Ale/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Extremely sour tart vinegar red wine oak cherry pukey
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only for sour lovers

Visual: Pours reddish brown with a small dissipating head, ringed retention, scattered steady micro streams.

Nose: HUGE sour cherries, puke. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: extreme tartness, incoming sourness

Mid-palate: extreme puckering sourness! (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) red wine, vinegar, oak, cherry

Finish: light pukey aftertaste,

Summary: Knee-jerkingly, whiplashin’, scrunched-facingly sour; This one is not for those adverse to sour ales. Flavours aren’t bad, it’s just way too sour for me to enjoy properly.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #5 – Old Boy Classic Ale

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #5

Old Boy Classic Ale – Parallel 49 Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“A pint of your finest, kind sir! A refined, balanced ale for the discerning beer drinker. Raise your glass.”

  • Style:
  • Taste: Malt cola chocolate very subtle hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours beer bottle brown with a smallish dissipating head, ringed retention, hardly visible sporadic streams in the center.

Nose: sweet caramel malts, light roast (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, cola

Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-2)-sweetness, (MAIN) roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, light cola

Finish: malty-cola finish, barely detectable hops.

Summary: Mostly cola and chocolate malts, hops are super subtle.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #5 – Amnesiac Double IPA

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #5

Amnesiac Double IPA – Phillips Brewing, 8.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Darn, another double (pun pun pun), one that I’ve previously tried and reviewed here. Hopefully Day #6 will be something novel.

Vanilla Whiskey Stout – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Vanilla Whiskey Stout – Storm Brewing, 9% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

  • Style: (vanilla, whiskey) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste: Vanilla cola caramel malt whiskey star anise light bitter hopped
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (January, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pass

Visual: Pours dark cola brown with a smallish dissipating head, a small layer of micro bubble retention, a few fast bubbles hear and there.

Nose: vanilla, caramel malts, cola, whisky undertones. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming dark malts

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) cola, caramel malts, light roast bitterness, vanilla, star anise

Finish: whiskey-caramel, residual star anise, malty soft bitter hopped finish.

Summary: 9% Alcohol unbelieveably well-hidden. It drinks quite sweet and flat but delivers the whiskey and vanilla nuances as advertised.

Pomgrenade Pilsener – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Pomgrenade Pilsner – Storm Brewing, 5% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

  • Style: (Pomegranate) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: Barley malt pomegranate bitter hopped crisp lager
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (January, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pass

Visual: Pours clear light copper brown with a pinkish hue, quickly dissipating head, thin ringed retention, several slow steady streams.

Nose: pomegranate, minor apple, a touch of yeast, fruity sugars. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming pomegranate fruitiness

Mid-palate: light fizzy, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) pomegranate, barley malt, bready

Finish: mild tartness, light sour, subtle bitter soft hops w/ bite finish.

Summary: Acceptable and drinkable, but no real pronounced flavours or awesomeness. Everything is mild and tempered.

Imperial Flanders Red Ale – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Imperial Flanders Red Ale – Storm Brewing, 11% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

I’ve had a couple flanders red ales before (Bruery, Duchesse de Bourgogne), but this is my first IMPERIAL rendition of one. Looking forward to the big flavour.

  • Style: Imperial Flanders Red Ale/Flemish Red Ale
  • Taste: extreme sour/acidic oak red wine vinegar prune
  • How much: $16 – 1L, bring your own bottle (January, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only if you like the style

Visual: Pours dark cola brown with ultra fine micro bubbles suspended near the surface, but no head, and virtually no activity.

Nose: Sour-acidic oak, tartness, almost sarsaparilla (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: incoming HUGE tart/sourness

Mid-palate: extreme sourness, very light fizzy, (MAIN) heavy oak, red wine vinegar, prune

Finish: puckery sour, mild throat warmth, woody exhale.

Summary: A very unique style of beer, and done good; ABV is well-hidden and the palate has a lot on its plate. Sour, oaky, tart, wine, acidic, and more sour.

Kiwiberry IPA – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Kiwiberry IPA – Storm Brewing, 7% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Deja Vu? 2nd post in the same day, this time another flavoured IPA. I actually took the very last fill from the keg, lucky me.

  • Style: (Kiwiberry) Flavoured IPA
  • Taste: Fruity kiwiberry almost sour light malt sharp bitter hopped
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (January, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours translucent copper brown with pretty much no head nor activity, lacing, nothing. Growler fill, 3rd day.

Nose: Pressed kiwi juice, superfruity. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: incoming sweet fruity

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, subdued sourness, (MAIN) kiwiberry pulpy fruit, malt

Finish: tangy, sharp biting bitter hops, kiwiberry exhale, bitter hopped finish.

Summary: A very fruity profile with a decent hopped bitter bite. The impact is like a cooler in how fruity it is. Easy to drink and well-executed.