Central City / Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #20 – Red Racer Imperial IPA (skipped)

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #20

  • My Rating: [B+],  I gave it a (3.7 of 5, upgrade from 3.2) on Ratebeer.com

Imperial IPA – Central City Brewing, 9% ABV, 650ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

-I had this before, slightly different label, bomber 650ml. Gave it a slightly above average rating back in June 2015.


May 24, 2016 Tasting notes: Very creamy-thicker entry, lvl-8-sweetness with some tangy alcohol. Big caramel/toffee/scotch ale barley malt with licorice/orange peel/citrusy hops. Surprisingly, much better than I initially rated it.

 

Kuri Kuro 栗黒 Dark Chestnut Ale – Miyazaki Hideji Beer Co. (Miyazaki, Japan)

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Rating: B-

Price: $7.29 USD, Uwajimaya, 11.2 fl.oz. 9%ABV

Visual: pours dark cola brown, no head, thin ringed retention, just a few steady streams.

Nose: roasted burnt chocolate malt (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: (MAIN) cola, roasted malty biscuity, gianduja (hazelnut), chocolate

Finish: alcoholic numbness, malty cola, dry roast finish.

Summary: a very unique dark roast ale with a distinct nutty chocolate flavour. Nicely hidden abv.

N’ice Chouffe, 10% ABV, (Belgium) (listed in “1001 beers you have to taste before you die”)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, sugars, yeast, hops, thyme, curacao

My notes:
  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: bold caramel creaminess yet also spiced
  • Where I got it: Chateau Louis (EDM)
  • How much: $13 (after 5%) , June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours semi-dark cloudy brown with a fabulous thick creamy head, lots of slow moving CO2 streams. A very malty nose. Predominantlly caramel malts, mixed in is brown sugar, orange peel, thyme, and alcohol, with a heavy sweetness (9/10). Finishes alcoholic and med-light bitter. Medium complexity, high depth, good transitions, good carry, decent drinkability. I find this one the booziest of all the Chouffes, can’t say I would go for another.

Raspberry Porter – Tree Brewing, 5% ABV, (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

My notes:
  • My Rating: C
  • Why I don’t love it: barely identifiable raspberry & too thin-bodied
  • Where I got it: Legacy (?)
  • How much: ~$6 , 650ml., May/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours almost pitch brown with a small head, foamy CO2. Very malty tart raspberries on the nose. Drinks very creamy up front, and then the subdued tartness kicks in, tastes of medium malts, light coffee, faint raspberry aroma, 5/10-level sour backdrop and finishes partially watery, soft bitter, and without carry. Medium complexity, medium depth, okay transitions, below-average carry, decent drinkability. An okay experimental beer, but not really worth the time and calories.

2nd Tasting: (Oct 29, 2012): Pours with a nice massive creamy foamy head, okay retention. Roasted malts and dark raspberry compote on the nose. Drinks with a nice crispness, round flavour, coffee-ish raspberry. Not a whole lot of depth. Upgrade to C+.

Hop Ottin’ IPA, 7% ABV, (Boonville, California)

On the label:

Hop-Heads, your dreams have come true! Hop Ottin’ is Boontling for “hardworking hops,” and they’re surely hard at work in this brew. Hop Ottin’ starts with a strong floral aroma, which winds into a deep and complex body. In an intriguing balance, honey-drenched malts coat rich hop undertones. At length, the hops prevail, with a satisfyingly crisp finish. Hop Ottin’ bites like a cankicky bluetail (Hop Ottin’ bites like a rattlesnake looking for a fight.)

My notes:
  • My Rating: A-
  • Why it’s special: mellow bitter citrus with a creamy mouthfeel
  • Where I got it: W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $6.50 , 1 pt 6floz., Feb/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, with friends
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours clear dark orange, nice lasting foamy head, lots of slow-moving CO2 streams. Hops and tangerine on the nose. Soft bitter hops up front, mellow sweetness and creaminess, clean tangerine peel, medium malts, and a crisp clean lingering bitter finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, great carry, excellent drinkability. An ultra-smooth IPA that is balanced and not overly aggressive.

Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne (France)

Notes: initially very active co2 streams, later slow moving delicate bubbles. Green apples in the nose. Green apple flavour, very tart, melon, 5/10 sweetness, long finish.

Chouffe, (Belgium)

Verdict : 1st Place – La Chouffe, 2nd) Houblon 3rd) Mc Chouffe

1) Mc Chouffe, 8% ABV

My notes:

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I love it: malty rich
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4 , 330ml, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark root beer brown, small head ,sticky lacing, micro CO2, lots of active CO2 streams. Medium malts on the nose. Tastes of malted caramel, alcohol kicks in the mids, 8/10-level heavy sweetness, a bit of roastedness, mild cinnamon/nutmeg spices, cola, silky creamy mouthfeel, finishes rich deep bitter but also alcoholic. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. No wow-factor here; I prefer the La Chouffe or the Houblon.

2) La Chouffe, 8% ABV

My notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I love it: super smooth and crisp
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4 , 330ml, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours clear dark amber, almost no head, micro CO2. Minor malts on the nose. 7/10-level sweetness, alcoholic backdrop, sweet malts, honey, chamomile, orange, cinnamon, coriander, creamy mouthfeel, tingly CO2, clean finish with only traces of bitterness. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, great drinkability. Like the Houblon but without the long lingering bitter finish.

3) Houblon Chouffe – Dobbelen IPA tripel, 9% ABV

My notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I love it: smoothly crisp
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4 , 330ml, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours bright amber yellow, small head, micro CO2. Medium malts on the nose. Burst of 8/10-level sweetness up front, alcoholic malts, orange citrus, dry hops, pine, ends with a long lingering bitter finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. All-around solid tripel.