Yorkshire Stingo – Samuel Smith (Tadcaster, England)


TL:DR – “boozy raisiny malt base, too heavy (flavour not quite right) for my liking”


Yorkshire Stingo – Samuel Smith, 8.0% ABV, 550 ml., (Tadcaster, England)


on the back label:

“Bottle conditioned only. Previously 8.0%. Some of the oak casks at Samuel Smith’s date back more than a century with the individual oak staves being replaced by the Old Brewery coopers over the years. Gradually the casks soak in more & more of the character of the ale fermented in stone Yorkshire squares. Yorkshire Stingo is aged for at least a year, matured in these well-used oak casks in the brewery’s underground cellars deriving fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slight oaky flavours, before being further naturally conditioned in bottle.”


  • Style: English Strong Ale
  • Taste: raisin whiskey barley malt heavy boozy
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $10 CAD (after 10% off) – 550 ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not really
  • What made an impression: it’s heavy

Visual: (cellared for 7 years). Gold foil on the cap. Pours translucent copper reddish brown without a head and barely any activity. Some large bubbles at the base of the glass.

Nose: wet brown sugar maltiness, musky wood. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: incoming boozy

Mid-palate: sourish light whiskey barley malt base, raisin, (lvl-7-sweetness), heavy weighty boozy

Finish: cherry/birch bark, dry oak, alcoholic heat

Summary: Boozy and sweet, quite heavy with a raisiny barley malt base flavour. I can appreciate the aging and old casks used, but it drinks a bit too harsh for my liking.

Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 4 – P49 Frosted Tips IPA


TL:DR – “bright citrus hop oils, decent body, not too bitter. Very drinkable = Good”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 4 – P49 Frosted Tips IPA, 6.4% ABV, 341 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“RRRRRRRRRAAAWWR! Coming at you like a lynx this winter IPA is the pick of the litter. Its unique combination of herbal, spicy and fruity hops is even better than catnip. You won’t get scratche by this fierce kitty… as long as you enjoy one right meow!”

 


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: orange citrus hop oil light toffee barley malt subtle bitter hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: bright citrus hop oils, bitterness not harsh

Visual: Pours cloudy pale orange without a head, a spotty half layer with a ring, several slow steady spread out micro streams.

Nose: orange citrus, tangerine (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, tingly

Mid-palate: tangy bright orange citrus, (lvl-4-sweetness), slight bittersweet toffee barley malt

Finish: subtle soft bitter hops, mild resiny hops, a touch of prickly spice

Summary: Plenty of drinkability and sippability in this IPA. The orange citrus keeps you in after the initial crisp bite, leaving behind a satisfying barley malt bittersweetness accented at the end by subtle not-too-bitter hops. Good stuff.

Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 3 – Red Racer Fireside Warmth

  • My Rating: [C]

TL:DR – “Messy flavours, a bit of a gag reflex. Just average.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 3 – Red Racer Fireside Warmth (Spiced Apple Honey Saison), 6% ABV, 355 ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the back of the can:

“Inspired by a fireside spiced apple cider, warming winter spice with apple juice and a touch of heny make this a smooth and spicy take on a classic winter bevvy.”

Ingredients: Water, malted barley , oats, apple juice, honey, hops, spices, vanilla, yeast.


  • Style: (spices, apple juice, honey, vanilla) Flavoured Saison
  • Taste: messy spiced rough palate slightly sour barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: no
  • What made an impression: prominent spices

Visual: Pours clear light copper orange with no head, slow steady micro streams.

Nose: mulled spices, honey malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: dull tingly crisp

Mid-palate: clove/cinnamon, honey, background mild sour, rough spiced barley malt, (lvl-4-sweetness)

Finish: rough palate, browned apple

Summary: Spices are definitely there but there is no cohesion among all the ingredients. Quite messy, experimental for sure. No way does this taste like a classic spiced apple cider. At least the nose is good.

Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 2 – P49 Pils (Dryhopped Pilsner)

  • My Rating: [C+]

TL:DR – “subtle bitter easy drinking pils. Grainy, lightly sweet, but a bit metallic. Meal beer.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 2 – P49 Pils (Dryhopped Pilsner), 5.0% ABV, 341 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“A beer worthy of defending the realm over! We’ve taken our pilsner to new heights by dry hopping it to bring out even more spicy and herbal noble hop aromas. Grab your squire and trusty steed to protect this fine brew from any who would seek to deny you from enjoying it.”


  • Style: Pilsner
  • Taste: soft grainy straw malt light sweet subtle hop bitter metallic
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not really
  • What made an impression: balanced easy drinking

Visual: Cool art, smooth sticker label. Pours mildly hazy light golden orange with minimal head, a thin layer of micro retention, some lacing, lots of active singular micro bubble streams.

Nose: bright tangerine citrusy sweet malt, slight farty (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, soft creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), grainy-hay/straw malt

Finish: bright citrusy hop-slightly green, subtle bitter, slight metallic grain

Summary: A balanced and easy-drinking malty-light citrus-subtle bitter hopped pils. A good meal beer, decent as a sipper but light-medium depth = refreshing but doesn’t satisfy a curious palate.

Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 1 – Red Racer No Friends (on a powder day) Vanilla Stout

  • My Rating: [B]

TL:DR – “tastes delicious but flat mouthfeel. Good.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 1 – Red Racer No Friends (on a powder day) Vanilla Stout, 5% ABV, 355 ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the back of the can:

“When fresh powder lines the slopes, no friend is worth waiting for. Same goes with this smooth, vanilla infused stout. Get rolling on this year’s 24 beers in style with the No Friends on a Powder Day.”

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, oats, hops, lactosevanilla, yeast.

also here’s a look at the 24-pack. Love the box.


  • Style: (vanilla, lactose) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste: sweet roast chocolate nutty vanilla roasted barley
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: enticing nose, easy drinking

Visual: plastic wrapped label on a can. Pours dark brown with a smallish dissipating head, no retention, a few micro bubbles on the surface, no activity. Uneventful.

Nose: caramel, vanilla, nutty roast barley. Very inviting. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: sweet roast

Mid-palate: chocolate malt, light milky, (lvl-5-sweetness), soft vanilla

Finish: roasted caramelized barley malt, nutty, subtle lingering roast bitterness.

Summary: Super easy vanilla roasty barley malt stout with some chocolaty notes. All that’s missing is a thick velvety creamy mouthfeel. This one is rather flat but at least it drinks good. A good start and hopefully the rest of the 23 days of brews will only get better.

Hardcore IPA – Brewdog (Scotland)

 


TL:DR – “cellared mine for 3 years, too flat and too alcoholic to love”


Hardcore IPA – Brewdog, 9.2% ABV, 330 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)


  • Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
  • Taste: heavy alcoholic brandy toffee barleywine
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / Burnaby
  • How much: $4 CAD (after 10% off) – 330 ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: maybe if fresh
  • What made an impression: heavy alcohol

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Textured label on the bottle. Pours almost clear copper brown with suspended micro sediment, micro ring, a few micro bubbles here and there not much.

Nose: caramelized barley toffee malt, slight alcohol, heavy sweetness. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: boozy heaviness

Mid-palate: (lvl-8-sweetness), alcohol hit heavy, brandy, toffee-barleywine

Finish: orange citrus hoppy medium bitter, zingy alcohol

Summary: Lots of alcoholic heaviness in this one, I’m not that convinced that it’s all for the better. Perhaps I’ve cellared this one for too long (3 years), the mouthfeel is rather flat and I’m not getting a balanced sippability characteristic of Brewdog brews. Just a bit above average.

Mangoes on the Run Mango IPA – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)


TL:DR – “Hoppyish mango fruit, not super juicy. Bitterness takes over. Just okay.”


Mangoes on the Run Mango IPA – Innis & Gunn, 5.6% ABV, 500 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)


  • Style: (flavoured – Mango) – IPA
  • Taste: fruityish mango malty bitter hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3 CAD – 500 ml., July 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: nah
  • What made an impression: detectable ipa and mangoness

Visual: Oversized aluminum can. Pours clear copper orange with a half island and ringed retention, steady micro streams.

Nose: bright fruity mango-citrus hop oils, very clean. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp, background bitter

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), mango fruity malt, stealth prominent bitter hops

Finish: persistent bitter hop

Summary: Decent integration of tropical hops and real mango flavour. Nothing particularly special, just overall solid.