Full Patch Pumpkin Ale – Longwood Brewery (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

Full Patch Pumpkin Ale – Longwood Brewery, 9% ABV – 650ml., (Nanaimo, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“This seasonal Belgian style saison is not for the faint of heart. Born in a pumpkin patch and rasied in the brewery, this 9% bad boy is not your grandma’s pumpkin pie. Eight slaughtered pumpkins and a whole lotta spice were boiled in a cauldron of barley, hops, and anything else we could find lying around. Fly orange with full patch.”

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  • Style: (pumpkin, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Sweet pumpkiny brown sugar barley malt mild ginger light clove
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.30 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: nah
  • What made a impression: big brown sugar sweetness

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours dark brown with a smallish 1mm lasting creamy head, lots and lots of singular steady micro streams.

Nose: brown sugar, ginger, clove, biscuity barley malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thicker tingly

Mid-palate: pumpkiny (lvl-7-sweetness), ginger, brown sugar barley malt,

Finish: residual brown sugar sweetness, clove exhale

Summary: Not terribly complex but at least the 9% ABV is well hidden. The sugars become heavy on the palate after half a glass – there’s not enough depth to round it out.

Elijah Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout – Longwood Brewery (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

Elijah Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout (Imperial Stout) – Longwood Brewery, 8.2% ABV – 650ml., (Nanaimo, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

“Small Batch Series #3. Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout Aging for 6 months in ‘Ex’ Heaven Hills Bourbon barrels has transformed this Imperial Stout into an Ode to Elijah Craig; the founder of charred oak barrel aging.”

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  • Style: (Heaven Hills bourbon barrel aged) Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Big dark winey pukey sour light wet woody barley malt roasted exhale
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $8.60 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, not the BBA imp stout you want

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours jet black with a lasting medium 2cm thick frothy head, tight clusters of micro streams, no lacing.

Nose: mild funk’d light tangy roast barley malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: creaminess, immediate acidity, soft crisp, sour malt impression

Mid-palate: big tangy sourness (!?), (lvl-4-sweetness), light wet woody barley malt, sour dark winey prune

Finish: cacao, sour pukey, lingering sweet barley malt, roasted exhale, subtle stealth bitter hops

Summary: Totally NOT what I was expecting – Big acidic dark fruity sourness complimented by roasted malt in BA imp stout?? Nonetheless it is decently balanced and still interestingly drinkable. The sourness is a bit harsh for a stout, I would rather more dark caramel roast instead. The more I drink it, the more apparent the sourness becomes offensive – rogue yeast for sure.

Wild Child – Longwood Brewery (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

Wild Child (Spontaneously fermented ale) – Longwood Brewery, 7% ABV – 650ml., (Nanaimo, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

“Children have been born and learned to walk in the time it took for this beer to submit to the organisms that created it. A deep complexity has evolved after exposure to the yeast and bacteria that invisibly surround us and live on the Raspberries and Cascade Berries added to this beer. Enjoy now or cellar. Santé!”

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  • Style: (flavoured – raspberry, cascade berry) Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Sour tangy vinegar woody off-dry apple cider woody stealth hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $7.85 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 650ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: Pours clear brownish-red with no head, half hazy layer w/ ring, a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: sour cherry malt, sour apple cider. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: sour-tangy-tart

Mid-palate: woody-tangy, soft-funk, (lvl-3-sweetness/dry), raspberry, vinegar

Finish: apple cider woody, stealth soft-hopped bitter, hint of burnt bitterness

Summary: This drinks like a woody apple cider with dry tart raspberries and subtle bitter hops added. Very fruity and engages the palate from start to finish. Interesting, my kind of beer.

Berried Alive Raspberry Ale – Longwood Brewery (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Berried Alive Raspberry Ale – Longwood Brewery, 5% ABV –568ml., (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

on the back of the can:

“Dive into the palate pleasing punch of Longwood Brewery’s signature raspberry ale. Crafted from whole British Columbia raspberries refermented with our lightly hopped blonde ale, Berried Alive is uniquely refreshing, the perfect balance between tart and tasty.”

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  • Style: (Raspberry) Fruit Ale
  • Taste: Sour tangy raspberry malt hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 568ml., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Tall aluminum can, surprisingly non-standard and taller than the 500ml! Pours pale brown-red with a small dissipating head, a very thin layer of retention, some lacing, several steady spaced-apart streams.

Nose: nothing but authentic fruit-tangy raspberries. Excellent. (lvl-7)-pungency.

Attack: fizzy crisp

Mid-palate: fruity medium sour, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) fruity raspberry, malts

Finish: tartness, mild funk, soft subtle bitter hopped fruity finish, but thin-bodied and somewhat jagged.

Summary: The raspberry flavour is good but the hopped/almost caramel finish doesn’t quite blend in so well. Good initial and mid-palate, didn’t really like the finish.

Stoutnik Russian Imperial Stout – Longwood Brewery (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

Stoutnik Russian Imperial Stout, 7.5% ABV –650ml., (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

from the Longwood website:

“Launch your tastebuds into the stratosphere with Stoutnik, Longwood Brewery’s innovative Russian Imperial Stout. A combination of roasted barley, chocolate and black barley gives this beer a rich, complex malty flavour that withstands orbital re-entry at any velocity. Stay ahead of the curve–rocket your way to the bold taste of Stoutnik.”

  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: sweet/sour/syrupy/creamy -> ROASTED MALTS/coffee/chocolate -> roasted bitterness/sour/hoppy bitter malted finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., August 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Careful… this one is a gusher, even if you just tilt it briefly past 45°. Pours with deep brown-black with a gigantic long-lasting foamy head, tons of lacing, good retention, some micro bubbly activity along the side of the glass.

Nose: roasted burnt malts, coffee and wood. (8)-aromatic strength.

Attack: sweet-sour sensation, syrupy-creamy texture

Mid-palate: (6)-sweetness, (MAIN) roasted malts, roast coffee, dark chocolate

Finish: roasted bitterness, mild sourness, medium hoppy bitter malted finish.

Summary: A decent brew for a good price. It even drinks okay when at room temp. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)