Winter Spice Ale – Big Rock Brewery (Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Winter Spice Ale, 6% ABV – 341ml, (Calgary, AB, Canada)

On the front label:

“Brewed with both pale and caramel malts, it gives off an amber glow and, upon first sip the depth of flavour is revealed: notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and a hint of ginger. This season brew has an alcohol content of 6% and is sure to warm your heart!”

  • Style: (Winter) Spiced Ale
  • Taste Profile: sweet caramel -> malts/cola/cinnamon/root beer -> fizzy/light malt bitter finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $13/6pack mixed, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, not amazing enough

Tasting notes: pours clear beer bottle brown with a small quickly dissipating head, no retention, a few streams, largish bubbles. Sweet malts with cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose.

Attack: 7/10-sweetness, caramel

Mid-palate: cola, cinnamon, hints of ginger, caramel, root beer, and malts

Finish: mostly clean, slightly fizzy, very light malty bitter, just a touch of roughness on the palate.

A very nice and clean brew – nothing spectacular but easy-going and very drinkable.

Espresso Stout – Big Rock Brewery (Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Espresso Stout – Big Rock Brewery, 4.2% ABV – 341ml, (Calgary, AB, Canada)

On the front label:

“An infusion of black and coffee malts, roasted barley with fine ground coffee, Espresso Stout will surprise you upon first sip with its light body and 4.2% alcohol content. Silky and sophisticated this brew reveals its dark secrets to your consenting palate.”

  • Style: (coffee) Stout
  • Taste Profile: watery fizzy -> mild bittersweet roasted coffee/malts -> light bitter coffee finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $13/6pack mixed, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: Pours rather uneventfully flat without much head, thin ringed retention, a few visible slow streams. Burnt coffee and malts on the nose, not the good kind of burnt either…

Attack: thin-bodied and watery mouthfeel, light fizzy CO2,

Mid-palate: crisp 4/10-sweetness, persistent wateriness, half-roast/half-burnt coffee, malts, minor breadiness

Finish: med coffee bitter finish, mostly clean but not much carry/length

Average I’d say. It lacks depth and body for my liking  (too watery and basic).

Rye Ginger Ale – Big Rock Brewery (Canada)

Rye Ginger Ale – Big Rock Brewery, 5% ABV – 341ml, (Calgary, AB, Canada)

On the side label:

“Uniting the earthy presence of Rye Malt with the zest of pure Ginger. Mildly hopped, at 5% this copper elixir is a lively twist on two diverse flavours that will soothe the soul and put a spring in your step.

  • My Rating: C-
  • Why I don’t love it: watery body, lacks carry and not much ginger punch
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $2.70 (after 10%), singles (from 6pack), June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear golden copper yellow, minimal head with ringed retention, thin micro CO2, a few slow-moving CO2 streams. Not much aromatics going on in the nose. Fizzy cream soda up front, transitions into bread, yeast, mids kick in with a mild tingly pepperiness, and ends with a watery mouthfeel and light malted caramel. Ginger flavour is very dampened and lifeless; no kick from it at all. Low-medium complexity, low-medium carry, okay transitions, below average carry, okay drinkability. Not a crap beer but none of the expected spicy punch.