Apricot Dessert Wine 2009 – Elephant Island Winery (Naramata, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

TL:DR – “rounded apricot-plum flavour, but tangy sourness sweetness tires the palate”


Apricot Dessert Wine 2009, 9% ABV – 375 ml., (Naramata, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*


  • Style: (Apricot) Dessert fruit wine
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Newport Liquor / Port Moody
  • How much: $23 CAD –375 ml., May 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: no
  • What made an impression: huge fruity sourness

Visual: (cellared for 9 years). Pours slightly hazy dull copper brown, a few bubbles along the perimeter.

Nose:  (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: big sour, medium tart, juicy entry

Mid-palate: rich sour apricot, japanese plum, controlled (lvl-7-sweetness), tangy-soft acidic sour

Finish: residual sugars and tang

Summary: Lots of sourness and tanginess in this one, medium bodied with decent complexity. The flavour is mostly clean but after sipping this without a meal, the sourness becomes a bit harsh and the sweetness too candy-like. A bit above average.

Red Racer Lucky Dog – Central City Brewers (Surrey, BC, Canada)


TL:DR – “discernible kumquat flavour, but overall falls flat”


Red Racer Lucky Dog (wheat ale brewed with kumquats) – Central City Brewers + Redpoint Brewing Company collaboration, 5.6% ABV, 650 ml., (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the back label:

“To celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dog, Red Racer teamed up with Taiwan’s Redpoint Brewery. Made using kumquats, this is an easy drinking fruit forward beer that is both complex and very refreshing. Bring in the new year with a bit of luck and a delicious craft beer.”


  • Style: (flavoured – Kumquat) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: kumquat peel vegginess off-dry low depth pithy soft bitter seed
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$6 CAD – 650 ml., March 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: no
  • What made an impression: discernible kumquat flavour

Visual: Pours translucent golden orange without a head, large bubbles clinging to the side of the glass with a ring not that much activity.

Nose: very faint citrus peel oils. Not much there. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: light crisp, soft tingly

Mid-palate: kumquat juiciness and peel, persistent almost saltiness pith & seed, tip of tongue numbness, (lvl-2-sweetness), mild citrus tang

Finish: grassy-grainy, soft wheat malt tart, mild palate dry wheat malt, bitter seeds

Summary: Decent complexity all things considered, but the final result of the kumquat and wheat malt isn’t particularly noteworthy here. At least I can distinctly taste the flavour of the fruit, though I can easily forget I had this one. Lacking depth.

Broken Resolution Cherry Baltic Porter – Parallel 49 Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


TL:DR – “not the cleanest of flavours, but delivers sweet dark roasted chocolatey cherry malt”


Broken Resolution Cherry Baltic Porter (limited release) – Parallel 49 Brewing Company, 8.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“The wagon didn’t want you on it anyhow. Grab ahold of something that’s worth breaking your resolution for, you filthy animal.”

Ingredients: pils, munich, crystal, chocolate, midnight wheat, magnum, mittlefrueh, saccharomyces, tart cherry puree.


  • Style: (flavoured – cherry) Baltic Porter
  • Taste: sweet dark roasted chocolatey muddled cherry mild sour-tart unclean
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.75 CAD – 650 ml., March 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not really
  • What made an impression: hidden ABV

Visual: Pours dark beer bottle brown with a bit of dissipating head, ringed retention w/ a small island, tight and steady singular streams along the perimeter.

Nose: sweet dark roasted malt, chocolate-cherry overtones – very inviting. (lvl-9)-pungency.

Attack: soft crisp, incoming dark-fruity malt

Mid-palate: roasted dark chocolatey malt, slight burnt, (lvl-6-sweetness), subtle tangy-tart, light dissipating astringent sour, non-descript cherry background

Finish: cocoa, slight metallic, lingering dark roasted malt, slight woody bitter roast

Summary: Well-masked alcohol, very sippable. A good depth of aromatic roasted malt paired with a decent tangy-tart cherry backdrop. Above average, it delivers in advertised flavour, bit it comes across as brash and somewhat unclean.

Hot Trub Time Machine Part 2 – Fuggles & Warlock Craft works (Richmond, BC, Canada)


TL:DR – “unbalanced harsh bitter hops, lacking citrus roundness”


Hot Trub Time Machine Part 2 – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks + Superflux Beer Company collaboration, 11% ABV – 61 IBUs, 650 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“Hot Trub Time Machine IPA Part 2: A juicy, dank, pineapple explosino of tropical hops! Feature Denali & Vic Secret hops. Collaboration with Superflux Beer Company. 61 IBU”


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Initial juicy pineapple fruity malt but harsh sharp lingering bitter hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7.12 CAD – 650 ml., March 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: nope
  • What made an impression: very lengthy harsh bitter hops

Visual: Pours almost clear light golden orange with a half layer of small head, a large island with ringed retention, lots of loose clustered streams.

Nose: pineapple citrusy hopped oils, very bright (lvl-8)-pungency.

Attack: soft tingly crisp, incoming bitter hops, slight creamy

Mid-palate: aggressive bitter hops, (lvl-3-sweetness), pineapple, juicy barley malt

Finish: long lingering sharp bitter resiny hops

Summary: Big aggressive and mostly harsh bitter hops that doesn’t offer enough bold citrus to counterbalance it. After 1 glass, just average and becomes harder to finish. A disappointment since Superflux had a hand in this.

Blackcurrant Wine – Canada Berries (Richmond, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B-]

TL:DR – “multifaceted blackcurrant flavour, solid”


Blackcurrant Wine (NV) – Sanduz Estate Winery (aka Canada Berries), 11% ABV, 750 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“This bold, intense wine with its unique flavor and aroma. It shows both the sweetness and the tart acidity of fruit grown on select small acreages in the Fraser Valley…”


  • Style: (blackcurrant) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: tangy tart rich blackcurrant slight alcoholic medium acidic soft sour
  • Where I got it : @Winery / Richmond
  • How much: $19 CAD – 750 ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: sure
  • What made an impression: sufficiently rich blackcurrant flavour

Visual: (cellared for 3.5 years). Pours deep dark magenta with a few bubbles along the perimeter.

Nose: mild alcoholic, blackcurrant winey (lvl-3)-pungency.

Attack: tangy-tart fruity, deep berry

Mid-palate: medium acidic tang, soft dissipating sour, (lvl-4-sweetness), rich blackcurrant w/ tangy depth

Finish: residual tart and tangy dark berry

Summary: Must drink chilled; too unbalanced with tart-tanginess as it warms. Otherwise, solid blackcurrant flavour that goes well with a meal, or in a cocktail with Sprite.

Plum Fruit Wine 2009 – Rustic Roots Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

TL:DR – “Just an okay plum flavour, too sour-tart without backup depth”


Plum Fruit Wine 2009 – Rustic Roots Winery, 12.0% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


  • Style: (plum) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Sour tangy soft plum light cherry cloying tartness
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $27 CAD – 750 ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: nah
  • What made an impression: big sour-tangy cloying acidity

Visual: (cellared for 9 years). Pours dark magenta with thick sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose: sour plum, hints of cherry (lvl-5)-pungency.

Attack: tart-dense fruity

Mid-palate: alcohol laced-sour tangy plum, cloying tart acidity, (lvl-3-sweetness)

Finish: residual tangy sour acidity

Summary: Okay plum flavour, but an overly aggressive sour-tangy-tart component accompanied by a readily detectable alcohol presence.

Cosmic Wave Double IPA – Tofino Brewing Co. (Tofino, BC, Canada)


TL:DR – “smoothing drinkable 9%’er, big toffee-caramel malt with a bit of citrus. Guaranteed buzz.”


Cosmic Wave Double IPA – Tofino Brewing Co., 9% ABV, 650 ml., (Tofino, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“Join us on a transcendental journey free from the shackles of physical existence and beyond the known realms of consciousness. Let your mind’s eye guide you to the astral planes of extrasensory non-being where we will collectively ride the cosmic waves of unity deep inside the endless barrel of the infinite void. Also, this is a strong hoppy beer.”

(cool story, bra)


  • Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Cloying authentic basic raspberry-apple light sour acidic
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.10 (after 20% off) – 650 ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: 50/50
  • What made an impression: solid toffee-caramel malt

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours translucent copper brown-orange without much of a lasting head, half sticky lacking, ringed retention with a large island, lots of loose clustered active streams.

Nose: toffee malt, caramel, slight citrus undertones. (lvl-6)-pungency.

Attack: crisp, thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-7-sweetness), alcohol hit mixed with BOLD toffee-caramel malt, mild orange citrusy tang

Finish: orange peel exhale, resiny light bitter hop, subdued alcohol detection, slight grassy hop note

Summary: Big toffee-caramel malt flavour accompanied by a high but well-hidden ABV content. Smooth and very drinkable, goes nice with a meal. The alcohol hit comes later. This is still sippable and interesting after one glass down and as it decreases in temp. More resiny as it warms. Solid brew.