Vidal Icewine 2007 – Peller Estates (Ontario, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B+]

TL:DR – “Intense grape-raisin with some pineapple-mango nuances. Great stuff.”


Vidal Icewine Private Reserve 2007 – Peller Estates, 11.5% ABV – 200 ml., (Niagaro-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada)


on the back label:

“This rare wine is made from frozen Vidal grapes hand picked at night below -10C in the middle of Canada’s cold winter. One drop of nectar is pressed from each grape to produce this luscious highly aromatic wine. Intense flavours of tropical fruit, peaches and honey are followed by a refreshing lingering finish…”


  • Style: (Vidal) Icewine
  • Taste: Fruit grape-raisin soft tropical liquid sweet
  • Where I got it : Superstore / Edmonton
  • How much: $18.29 – 200 ml., sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes
  • Recommended: Yes
  • What made an impression: clean complex enjoyable flavour

Visual: (cellared for 11 years). Pours copper brownish orange, clear as water.

Nose: raisin, honey, fig/date (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: thicker viscosity

Mid-palate: sugar and alcohol bite, jammy raisin, dissipating (lvl-8-sweetness), mango

Finish: concord grape, sticky raisin, pineapple

Summary: Absolutely delightful. Complex grape flavour accompanied by a the advertised tropical backend. The sugars are intense but scatter quickly enough for the fruitiness to kick in.

Detour Session IPA – Muskoka Brewery (Bracebridge, ON, Canada)

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Detour India Session Ale – Muskoka Brewery, 4.3% ABV, 473 ml., (Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada)


printed on the back of the can:

“A refreshingly adventurous for those who want to stray from the everyday. Dry-hop brewed as a sessionable IPA, it delivers a rewarding aroma and a taste less travelled. And in case you see a little haze and sediment, that’s a good thing, and totally natural-a result of our pure, unfiltered brewing process.”

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  • Style: India Session Ale
  • Taste: Crisp light drinkable apricot citrusy pine dry lagerish barley malt thin
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $3 CAD (after 7.5% off) – 473ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours clear golden orange with a smallish dissipating head, thin large island retention, just a few slow micro streams.

Nose: apricot tangerine citrusy. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-citrusy malty

Mid-palate: fizzy-almost creamy, (lvl-2-sweetness), apricot-grapefruity-piney

Finish: dry lager grainy barley malt, soft bitter hops, thinnish body.

Summary: Approachable malty citrusy flavour, but a tad thin – can’t expect too much for 4.3%er.

Mad Tom IPA – Muskoka Brewery (Bracebridge, ON, Canada)

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Mad Tom IPA – Muskoka Brewery, 6.4% ABV, 473 ml., (Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada)


printed on the back of the can:

“Inspired by late night stories around the fire, this IPA is dry-hopped with Chinook and Centennial hops for a vibrant aroma, depth of flavour and crisp, citrusy undertow like no other. And in case you see a little haze and sediment, that’s a good thing, and totally natural – a result of our pure, unfiltered brewing process.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Smooth balanced toasted caramel barley malt pine orange chewy hopped dry
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $3 CAD (after 7.5% off) – 473ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yup

Visual: Unfiltered. Pours clear copper brown with a foamy 1cm head, sticky lacing, thin layer of hazy retention, lots of steady big bubble streams.

Nose: toffee barley malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thicker-crisp-silky

Mid-palate: toasted caramel, micro-CO2 creamy, soft pine, orange, (lvl-5-sweetness), chewy toffee barley malt, tangy-zingy

Finish: hoppy controlled bitterness dryness, residual caramel malts. 

Summary: Lovely cream-silky mouthfeel with an excellent balance of flavours without being overly bitter hopped. Smooth throughout, a winner.

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

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Tankhouse Ale – Mill St. Brewery, 5.2% ABV, 341ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)

-Mill St. Seasonal Sampler 6-pack recap:

-Apparently Mill Street Brewery was bought out by Anheuser-Busch InBev back in late 2015. Perhaps that’s why their beers taste kind of “watered down”. In any case, I’m glad I rated these beers before I acquired this fact.


on the back of the bottle:

“Mill Street Tankhouse Ale is a deliciously complex and spicy ale. We use a staggering amount of hops and five different malts to produce a rich, fiery pale ale, copper-red in colour, and truly satisfying in flavour.”

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  • Style: APA / American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Toasted toffee malt thin body dry grassy hop prickly vanilla hints
  • 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: please father no

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours reddish brown with no significant head, super thin hazy retention, singular micro streams all over.

Nose: brown sugar booze-laced toffee malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thin entry

Mid-palate: toasted malt backbone, (lvl-4-sweetness), half-creamy, dry grassy hops, tongue prickly

Finish: hints of vanilla, thin body residual barley malt finish.

Summary: Decent drinkability with okay complexity of malt, hops, and a touch of spice. It’s a bit thin in mouthfeel though.

Original Organic Lager – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Original Organic Lager – Mill St. Brewery, 4.2% ABV, 341ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)


on the back of the bottle:

“Mill Street Original Organic Lager is a pure, refreshing European style beer. Batch-crafted from the finest organic ingredients, it takes 2 to 3 times longer to brew than ordinary beer. Light and crisp, it is cold-aged for 5 smooth weeks, creating a creamy, soft palate with a distinctively clean finish.”

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  • Style: Pale Lager
  • Taste: Basic liquid barley malt background CO2 hints of grainy corn
  • 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: please father no

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours orange-yellow with a quickly dissipating soda bubble head, several steady active streams, micro dark sediment remaining in the bottle.

Nose: very very faint barley, some plastic. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp, watery body

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), liquid barley malt, a touch of grainy corn, background CO2

Finish: subtle burpy,

Summary: Another ‘too basic’ lager from Mill St. Just chug it and forget it. FWIW organic or not it doesn’t make a difference in this case.

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.

Lemon Tea Beer – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Lemon Tea Beer – Mill St. Brewery, 5% ABV, 473ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)


on the back of the can:

A remarkable wheat beer infused with a blend of orange pekoe and earl grey teas. It pours a light amber colour and will charm you with its sublime tea flavour and subtle lemon twist. A truly Canadian take on one of Europe’s newest beer styles.

Ingredients: Water, malted wheat, malted barley, lemon puree, organic cane sugar, orange pekoe tea, earl grey tea, hops.

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  • Style: (flavoured – orange pekoe, earl grey, lemon) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Sweet lemon black tea earl grey mild wheat roughness
  • 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: a good first tea beer to try

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a small 1mm head, fast and slow bubbles here and there.

Nose: faint earl grey, barley malt (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, background subdued sourness

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), black tea, bergamot oil, lemonwheat malt, tangy

Finish: soft wheat malt roughness, partially thin, cane sugar barley malt sweetness.

Summary: Tea and beer, a perfect match for me! This is my first tea infused beer and I’m quite liking the style. Although this particular tea beer doesn’t have extraordinary depth or length, the transitions are smooth and it has decent complexity.