2010 Cider – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [FAIL]

Cider (Aged, 2010) – Storm Brewing, 7% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

-Something very different this time, and a non-beer apple cider at that. This one I didn’t sample before filling so… I like turtles?

  • Style: (aged) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Overpowering acidic apple cider vinegar woody flat
  • How much: $16 – 1L, bring your own bottle (May 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not much to like

Visual: (growler fill) Pours slight hazy yellow amber without any head, a few tiny bubble streams here and there, not much.

Nose: lots of sour woodiness, apple cider vinegar. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: powerful vinegar-acidity, puckery

Mid-palate: light tart, continued aggressive acidity, medium sour, (MAIN) apple cider vinegar, oak, lemon curd, barnyard, -> (lvl-2)-sweetness

Finish: woody exhale, more apple cider vinegar finish.

Summary: Way too acidic, no texture and no sweetness to balance. I have to be honest, this one is hard to enjoy. In fact, it’s making my stomach feel a little funny. Although I’m a believer in trying new things, in the end I stay true to my palate and not the brand; TLDR: FAIL

Cherry Stout – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Cherry Stout – Storm Brewing, 6% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

  • Style: (cherry) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste: Sweet chocolate cherry malt “weird stem-twig-woody”
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (May 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not 100% clean

Visual: (growler fill) Pours dark cola brown with minimal head, a very thin layer of retention, a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: cherry from the cherry-filled chocolate, cola, malts. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: incoming dark fruit, med-thick malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, subtle sour, subdued tangy-acidity, (MAIN) chocolate, malts, non-descript cherry darkness

Finish: cherry stems, twigs, leafy-woody finish.

Summary: The initial to mid chocolate-dark fruit is good, but ends with a strange woody cherry stem note, not that clean. Average I’d say, wouldn’t recommend but it wasn’t offensive.

Elderflower Ale – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Elderflower Ale – Storm Brewing, 5% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

-Another brainstorm. I’m a big fan of elderflower anything; I think what got me hooked was St. Germain Elderflower liqueur. Ever since I had it mixed with sparkling wine I became hooked.

  • Style: (elderflower) Flavoured Ale
  • Taste: Med-sour tangy dried elderflower woody malt
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (March, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not mindblowing

Visual: (growler fill) Pours light copper brown with a small dissipating head, a thin layer of micro retention, some lacing, lots of slow steady streams.

Nose: dried elderflower buds, brown sugar malts. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, fizzy-bite

Mid-palate: light sour, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) dry citrusy, woody malt, elderflower -> medium tangy

Finish: dried elderflowers, woody malt exhale, gentle-soft lingering bitter hops, finishes dry.

Summary: It doesn’t really have the freshness of picked elderflowers, but still there is definitely a flower component that works well with the malt character of their base Scottish Ale. Crisp, floral and above all, very drinkable.

Bloody Mary Pilsner – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Bloody Mary Pilsner – Storm Brewing, 5% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

-?!!! Bloody mary in a beer?! Lol what, this sounds very interesting… I’m a fan of Bloody mary’s and Caesar FYI. Brewed with tomato juice, limes and Thai chilies.

  • Style: (tomato, lime, thai chilies) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: Tomato undertone lime crisp barley malt gentle spicy
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (March, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: it’s not bad at all

Visual: (growler fill) Pours translucent orange with a reddish hue, thin ringed micro retention, non-sticky, a few steady streams in the center.

Nose: tomato juice, squeezed lime (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: veggie undertones, incoming lime oil

Mid-palate: very crisp bite, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) lime juice, sweet barley malt,

Finish: tomato aftertaste, gentle lingering spicy kick, subtle bitter hops.

Summary: Surprisingly done well and very drinkable. A good balance of sweet-spicy-aromatic without any unpleasant flavours. Probably not for all but I love tomato juice so I welcomed this.

Mojito Pilsner – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Mojito Pilsner – Storm Brewing, 5% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

-Another one of their crazy one-off brainstorms! Who doesn’t like mojitos? Add it to beer and you’re sure to get something special. Here goes…

  • Style: (mint, lime) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: Lime sweet malt cinnamon subtle mint soft bitter hops
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (March, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (growler fill) Pours light hazy pale orange with a small head, thin lacing, very thin ringed micro retention, not that many but steady micro streams.

Nose: fragrant lime oil, smells like fresh squeezed. Mojito indeed. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: a burst of lime oil, very crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) lime, cinnamon, caramel malt, hopped bitterness,

Finish: soft mint, lingering soft bitter hops, gentle sweet malt finish.

Summary: Because of this beer I just had a revelation that lime peel and barley malt together brings out the “cinnamon” flavour to palate; It’s both interesting and intriguing. A very drinkable and easy-going beer, though not particularly full-bodied.

Vanilla Whiskey Stout – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Vanilla Whiskey Stout – Storm Brewing, 9% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

  • Style: (vanilla, whiskey) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste: Vanilla cola caramel malt whiskey star anise light bitter hopped
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (January, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pass

Visual: Pours dark cola brown with a smallish dissipating head, a small layer of micro bubble retention, a few fast bubbles hear and there.

Nose: vanilla, caramel malts, cola, whisky undertones. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming dark malts

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) cola, caramel malts, light roast bitterness, vanilla, star anise

Finish: whiskey-caramel, residual star anise, malty soft bitter hopped finish.

Summary: 9% Alcohol unbelieveably well-hidden. It drinks quite sweet and flat but delivers the whiskey and vanilla nuances as advertised.

Pomgrenade Pilsener – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Pomgrenade Pilsner – Storm Brewing, 5% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

  • Style: (Pomegranate) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: Barley malt pomegranate bitter hopped crisp lager
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (January, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pass

Visual: Pours clear light copper brown with a pinkish hue, quickly dissipating head, thin ringed retention, several slow steady streams.

Nose: pomegranate, minor apple, a touch of yeast, fruity sugars. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming pomegranate fruitiness

Mid-palate: light fizzy, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) pomegranate, barley malt, bready

Finish: mild tartness, light sour, subtle bitter soft hops w/ bite finish.

Summary: Acceptable and drinkable, but no real pronounced flavours or awesomeness. Everything is mild and tempered.

Imperial Flanders Red Ale – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Imperial Flanders Red Ale – Storm Brewing, 11% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

I’ve had a couple flanders red ales before (Bruery, Duchesse de Bourgogne), but this is my first IMPERIAL rendition of one. Looking forward to the big flavour.

  • Style: Imperial Flanders Red Ale/Flemish Red Ale
  • Taste: extreme sour/acidic oak red wine vinegar prune
  • How much: $16 – 1L, bring your own bottle (January, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only if you like the style

Visual: Pours dark cola brown with ultra fine micro bubbles suspended near the surface, but no head, and virtually no activity.

Nose: Sour-acidic oak, tartness, almost sarsaparilla (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: incoming HUGE tart/sourness

Mid-palate: extreme sourness, very light fizzy, (MAIN) heavy oak, red wine vinegar, prune

Finish: puckery sour, mild throat warmth, woody exhale.

Summary: A very unique style of beer, and done good; ABV is well-hidden and the palate has a lot on its plate. Sour, oaky, tart, wine, acidic, and more sour.

Kiwiberry IPA – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Kiwiberry IPA – Storm Brewing, 7% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Deja Vu? 2nd post in the same day, this time another flavoured IPA. I actually took the very last fill from the keg, lucky me.

  • Style: (Kiwiberry) Flavoured IPA
  • Taste: Fruity kiwiberry almost sour light malt sharp bitter hopped
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (January, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours translucent copper brown with pretty much no head nor activity, lacing, nothing. Growler fill, 3rd day.

Nose: Pressed kiwi juice, superfruity. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: incoming sweet fruity

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, subdued sourness, (MAIN) kiwiberry pulpy fruit, malt

Finish: tangy, sharp biting bitter hops, kiwiberry exhale, bitter hopped finish.

Summary: A very fruity profile with a decent hopped bitter bite. The impact is like a cooler in how fruity it is. Easy to drink and well-executed.

Strawberry-Ginger IPA – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Strawberry-Ginger IPA – Storm Brewing, 7% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

My first visit of 2015 and already so many new brews. This is just one of many of their new offerings.

  • Style: (strawberry, ginger) Flavoured IPA
  • Taste: Fiery ginger root berry-tangerine malt hopped bitter warm throat
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (January, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: unique

Visual: Pours cloudy pale orange, no activity, no lacing, nothing. But it could be because this is the 3rd day of opening/closing it.

Nose: strong ginger root, some citrus malt in the background. Delightful. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: incoming fruity malts, impending ginger

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, smooth viscosity, (MAIN) subtle strawberry-berry, ginger root, tangerine, malt

Finish: ginger bite/medium burn, bitter hoppy, medium warm-throat bitter finish.

Summary: A unique brew, hardly your typical beer. Ginger flavour is well-integrated with the bitter hopped IPA DNA.