Central City / Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #18 – Gary’s Gourd Imperial & Barrel Aged Squash Ale

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #18

Gary’s Gourd Imperial & Barrel Aged Squash Ale – Central City Brewing, 9.0% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“We set our brewmaster Gary Lohin loose to create this crazy imperial strength, barrel-aged squash ale. Could it get crazier? Well, when you’re the boss brewer, you get to experiment! Let us know what you think.”

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  • Style: (barrel-aged, imperial) Spice/Herb/Vegetable Ale
  • Taste: Sweet squash cream-fizzy caramel malt root beer oak
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, delicious

Visual: Pours muddy nutty brown with an okay sized head, 1 mm micro layer of fine retention, many clusters of very fast streams.

Nose: caramel malt, molasses, root beer. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: cream-fizzy-full mouthfeel

Mid-palate: immediate squash, micro-fizzy, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) big caramel malts, root beer, roasted malts, sweet oak

Finish: soft subtle hops, residual cola malt sweetness.

Summary: Definitely my #1 favourite beer in the 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar. For some reason the big caramel flavour reminds me of my early tasting days when I had Japanese Sankt Gallen Stouts back in January of 2012.  Impressive, though a tad sweet by the last sip