Apricot Provincial – Funkwerks Inc (Fort Collins, CO, USA) 

Apricot Provincial (Belian-style sour ale brewed with apricots) – Funkwerks, Inc., 4.2% ABV, 11.2 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)


on the front-right label:

“Pairs well with pretending to go to the gym.”

“Provincial is our sessionable Belgian-style sour ale brewed utilizing a unique 24-hour warm souring technique using lactobacillus in the wort. We fermented with a Belgian wheat yeast strain famous for a flavors and a dry finish, making it the perfect complement to fruit. This delightfully tart fruit beer is refreshing, with a citrusy apricot aroma that transitions into a subtly sweet and tart finish.”


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  • Style: (flavoured – Apricot) Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Sour crisp puckery bright apricot lemon roughish wheat malt dry grainy
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $5.60 CAD (after 20% off) – 11.2 fl.oz., October 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: bright complexity for below 5% ABV

Visual: Bottled on 2017.05.02. Pours cloudy pale straw yellow with a massive dissipating head, bubbly retention, super-fast soda-like streams.

Nose: sour acidic pukey funk, strong apricot and lemony wheat malt overtones. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: big crisp tart bite, puckery-sour-tangy

Mid-palate: fizzy, (lvl-2-sweetness), lemony wheat malt,

Finish: dry grainy wheat, mild palate rough, apricot exhale

Summary: Good flavour and complexity for a sub 5% beer. The body peters out in the late mids.

 

John John Dead Guy Ale – Rogue Ales (Newport, OR, USA) 

John John Dead Guy Ale (Dead Guy Ale Aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels) – Rogue Ales, 8.2% ABV – 40 IBUs, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Newport, Oregon, USA)


  • Style: (whiskey barrel aged) Heller Bock
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $11.50 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., April 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: 50/50
  • What made an impression: easy drinkability

Visual: (cellared for 5.5 years). Pours translucent deep honey brown with much of a head, ring with a large island micro retention, a plethora of clustered fast micro streams.

Nose: honey toffee barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-airy, malty-forward

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), toffee caramel barley malt, background subtle boozy,

Finish: vanilla nuances, toffee’d whiskey’d oak, honey malt exhale

Summary: Smooth drinkability, no rough edges or offensive flavours/textures, but lacks in depth and punchiness. In other words, it’s not very memorable nor impressionable.

 

Fresh Roast Ale – Rogue Ales (Newport, OR, USA) 

Fresh Roast Ale – Rogue Ales, 5.7% ABV – 37 IBUs, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Newport, Oregon, USA)


printed on the back:

“Rogue Fresh Roast is made with Rogue Farms barley fresh roasted at the brewery. The barley is taken directly out of the roaster and rushed 273 feet over to the brew kettle. We don’t think it gets much fresher than that, and we know you’ll taste the difference”

 

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  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Taste: Toasted toffee barley malt cocoa nutty subtle bittersweet
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.10 (after 20% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: 50/50
  • What made an impression: good length of caramel barley malt

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours beer bottle brown with minimal dissipating head, thin ringed retention, spotty island, tight clustered steady micro streams.

Nose: caramelized barley malt, cognac nuances (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), toasted caramel barley malt, semi-dry cocoa, nutty overtones

Finish: subtle bittersweetness, residual malt exhale

Summary: Decent drinkability and balance. Medium bodied, but I wished for more fullness.

Omen Raspberry Stout – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA) 

Omen Belgian-Style Raspberry Stout 2015 (aka 12 Beers of Apocalypse #10 – Omen Belgian Raspberry Stout) – Elysian Brewing (AB-InBev), 7.9% ABV, 1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, Washington, USA)


printed on the front-right:

“Omen’s heavy body flutters at the window, combining the dark richness of stout, the brightness and tang of Washington raspberries and the heady flavors and aromas of a classic Belgian yeast.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – Raspberry) Sweet Stout
  • Taste: Bittersweet raspberry roasted barley malt cocoa
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $16.20 (after 10% off), February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: yes!
  • What made an impression: interesting combo raspberry-cocoa

Visual: (cellared for almost 2 years). Pours dark coffee brown with a dissipating 1cm head, sticky lacing, fine ringed retention with a large island, lots of micro streams near the surface.

Nose: woody barley malt, big raspberry overtones (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, subdued light sour

Mid-palate: almost creamy, clean juicy raspberry, deep roasted barley malt, (lvl-4-sweetness), cocoa

Finish: brown sugar-molasses, mild bittersweet vanilla, mild tartness

Summary: Clean entry and great balance from start to finish. The raspberry flavour comes through 100% and is integrated well with the bittersweet malt. Extremely sippable and interesting, though I wished for a bit more creaminess and body in the mids as well as a touch more vanilla and coffee. ABV well-hidden.

 

Farmer’s Reserve Blueberry – Almanac Beer Co. (San Jose, CA, USA)

Farmer’s Reserve Blueberry (Sour ale aged in wine barrels with blueberries) – Almanac Beer Company, 7% ABV – 12.68 fl.oz., (San Jose, California, USA)


on the front-bottom label:

“Every year, the blueberry harvest heralds the coming of summer. We selected the very best hand-picked berries grown in the hills of Butte County, California, and added them to a sour golden ale aged in wine barrels. The resulting beer is infused with the essence of these hewl-like berries, creating a fruity character reminiscent of mom’s blueberry pie and a reminder of long summer days.”

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Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours clear garnet red without a significant head, thin ringed retention, lots of active tight micro streams.

Nose: blueberry overtones, sour pukey funk. Not too enticing. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: big puckery sour

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), blueberry vinegar, red wine vinegar, blackberry

Finish: lengthy wet woody funk, lingering tart acidity

Summary: Big sourness from start to finish with decent juiciness in the mids, with enough balance to make it continuously sippable. Although not my favourite style, this exhibits an underlying composed sense of quality in craftsmanship.

A Blessing & A Curse Double IPA – Left Hand Brewing Co. (Longmont, CO, USA)

A Blessing & A Curse (Double IPA) – Left Hand Brewing Company, 9.5% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Longmont, Colorado, USA)


on the front-left label:

“This double IPA delivers a synthesis of hops from opposite hemispheres with an aggressive disposition of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit characteristics for a delightfully juxtaposed consequence. Count your blessings, accept the curse.”

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  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)
  • Taste: Bright apricot-mango pine medium hop bitter stealth hard alcohol
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $14.85 (after 5% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., October 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
  • What made an impression: bright apricot fruity, very engaging

Visual: Pours clear golden orange with a 1mm head and retention, half stick lacing, lots of tight clustered streams.

Nose: citrus apricot fruity hops (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, mild thicker-creamy, subdued fruity bitter

Mid-palate: fruity bright apricot, (lvl-4-sweetness), pine, alcoholic medium heavy, soft tangy, tangerine toffee malt

Finish: medium bitter biting lingering resiny hops

Summary: Very bright and tropical fruity for a double IPA, which translates into being very sippable yet also hard hitting at the same time. Excellent body, depth, and mouthfeel. The alcohol is moderately invasive in the mids to finish, but manageably so. Recommended.

 

Oyster Stout – Upright Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)

Oyster Stout (a stout brewed with oysters) – Upright Brewing, 6.25% ABV, 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz. (Portland, Oregon, USA)


info from ratebeer.com:

Collaboration with Jason McAdam. A distinctly full-bodied and creamy stout with a touch of brine on the finish.

The “base” beer is a strong (medium strength by most standards, 16.6 plato) stout. We used chocolate wheat instead of the usual barley version along with a pinch of rolled rye.

In the end we decided to add roughly ten gallons of oyster “liquor” that Jason picked up fresh from the coast off a train. We didn’t want to brew an oyster stout without any oyster meat though so we also picked up eight dozen DeCourcy oysters from B.C. and cooked them during the kettle boil. After eating all the wort-soaked meat we cleaned and saved the shells to add later to the beer, post fermentation, like dryhopping.”


  • Style: (flavoured – oyster) Stout
  • Taste: Rich dark malt sweet molasses dark fruit mocha roast
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep
  • What left an impression: rich, lengthy body

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Hefty bottle. Pours jet black-brown with a small 1mm head, a thin layer of bubbly retention, barely visible scattered micro slow streams.

Nose: dark fruity malts (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: creamy-crisp-thicker, sweet dark malt impression

Mid-palate: milky-creamy mocha, (lvl-5-sweetness), sweet roasted dark malt, oyster-fishy sour undertones, molasses-dark fruit, nutty

Finish: roasted coffee exhale, lingering bittersweet malty roast

Summary: A very bold and rich sweet stout with big dark fruit and roasted coffee notes, with the oysters seeming to add creamy depth a touch of salty-sour backdrop to an excellent base.