Stock Ale – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Stock Ale (golden ale) – Mill St. Brewery, 5% ABV, 341ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)


on the back of the bottle:

“Mill Street Stock Ale is a golden export-style ale made from only malt and hops, no fillers or adjuncts. The malt’s natural sweetness is perfectly balanced by the bitterness derived from the hops.”

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  • Style: (golden ale) Blond Ale
  • Taste: Boring one note sweet liquid barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15 CAD (after 10% off) – 6 x 355ml-ish, September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: don’t waste your time

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours clear golden without much head, half ringed retention, slow steady singular streams.

Nose: liquid sweet barley malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, subtle CO2 fizzy

Mid-palate: barley grain (lvl-4-sweetness), corn, liquid barley malt

Finish: trace tanginess, basic flat barley malt sweet finish.

Summary: Is there a slight citrusy component or am I imagining things? Likely the latter, this one is extremely BORING. Barely any body and very one note. DWYT = Don’t Waste Your Time, use it for cooking.

Rosita (Original) – Cerveses La Gardènia (Spain)

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Rosita (Original) – Cerveses La Gardènia, 5.5% ABV, 500ml., (Tarragona, Spain)

Ingredients: water, malt of barley, sugar, honey, hops and yeasts.


  • Style: (honey, flavoured) Blond Ale
  • Taste: Sharp crisp toasted honey sweet barley malt
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W. Vancouver
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) CAD – 500ml., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: (Cellared for 3 years). Pours cloudy amber brown with a large bubbly dissipating head, 2mm layer of retention, light lacing, very fast singular streams.

Nose: canned mandarin oranges (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp bite, fizzy-lively mouthfeel

Mid-palate: toasted honey, (lvl-5-sweetness), sweet barley malt

Finish: lingering honey, subtle short bitter hops, liquid barley malt exhale.

Summary: Plain barley malt flavour with a touch of honey, not much character other than the very lively crisp fizzy mouthfeel. Just an average blond.