Aftermath Pale Ale – Black Market Brewing Co. (Temecula, CA, USA)

Aftermath Pale Ale – Black Market Brewing Company, 5.8% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Temecula, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

We created ‘Aftermath’ as an extremely drinkable Pale Ale that wasn’t just a reproduction of everyone else’s Pale Ale. Our unique blend of multiple hop varieties adds HUGE hop aroma and flavor, with none of the overwhelming bitterness of an IPA

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  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Taste: Smooth balanced bitter hop-metallic barley malt
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.10 CAD (after 20% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not memorable

Visual: Pours clear dark mahogany brown without a significant head, ringed retention with a large island, very steady micro streams

Nose: fragrant 50/50 citrus hops-sweet barley malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, soft-creamy, bitter hopped malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), citrusy stealth sharp bitter hops, metallic barley malt,

Finish: dry grass hoppy bitter

Summary: A very smooth sippable brew of sharp bitter hops that linger until the finish that is accompanied by a healthy dose of barley malt forming a robust body of drinkable pleasure. Can’t say I’ll remember this, but it was a good go.

Bock Bock – Shmaltz Brewing Co. (Clifton Park, MY, USA)

Bock Bock (Imperial American bock lager aged in bourbon barrels) (Batch #001/1269, 4/24/2015 bottling) – Shmaltz Brewing Company, 9.2% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)


info from ratebeer.com:

Imperial American Bock
Shmaltz Bock Bock has spent months in a blend of bourbon barrels, including Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, and Buffalo Trace.

Barrel-aged Bock Bock gains its toasty, rich malt body and nutty caramel flavor from distinctive European malts, such as Vienna, Munich and Crystal, to make a traditional bock base.”

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  • Style: (barrel aged – Bourbon) Doppelbock
  • Taste: Tangy sour alcoholic heavy raisin barley malt mild bourbon edge
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15.35 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pretty good

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours clear dark mahogany brown without a significant head, ringed retention with a large island, very steady micro streams

Nose: super toffee barley malt forward, notes of bourbon barrel (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, micro-tingly, thicker viscosity, heavy malt impression

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, tangy heavy (lvl-8-sweetness), raisin toffee barley malt, bourbon edge, wet woody zingy-sour

Finish: residual heavy sugars, bourbon-laced malty exhale

Summary: Great body and depth, solid execution. The dark fruitiness balances the bourbon malt nicely. Hits decently hard yet still sippable, although somewhat heavy halfway through the bottle.

Cold Brew IPA – Rogue Ales (Newport, OR, USA)

Cold Brew IPA – Rogue Ales, 7.5% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Newport, Oregon, USA)


on the front right:

“Dedicated to two of our favorite things

Rogue Cold Brew IPA is a hoppy IPA blended with 200 gallons of Stumptown Coffee Roasters‘ famous Cold Brew Coffee in every batch. Brewed to awaken your senses, Cold Brew IPA opens with a huge hit of coffee aroma that is balanced by a not-so-subtle hop punch.

Brewed using 14 ingredients:

2-Row, Rogue Farms Dare & Risk, C-40, White Wheat, Rolled Oats and Kiln Coffee Malts; Rogue Farms Liberty, Rebel, and Freedom Hops, and Simcoe Hops; Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – cold brew coffee) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Bursting hazelnutty cocoa nib cold brew coffee barley malt lingering roast coffee integrated bitter hops
  • 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
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 100%

Visual: Pours clear dark copper brown with a spotty layer of 1mm fine retention, loose clusters of active fast streams.

Nose: nutty cocoa nib, hazelnut soft roasted coffee bean (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, soft smooth-creamy, bursting sweet nutty malt flavour

Mid-palate: intermixed background bitter hops, (lvl-4-sweetness), cocoa nib, hazelnutty short bitter roasted cold brew coffee, sweet barley malt

Finish: lingering roasted coffee, residual hopped sharp bitter

Summary: Wow, wicked flawless integration of bitterness of IPA with the nutty notes of cold brew coffee. Bursting with flavour from the get go, I’m impressed by the fluidy of flavours and the balance of all the components. Awesome attack of that grabs your attention right away.

Pêche Mode 2014 – Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River, OR, USA)

Pêche Mode 2014 Belgian Style Sour Ale brewed with peaches – Double Mountain Brewery, 8.6% ABV – 7 BU, 12.7 fl.oz., (Hood River, Oregon, USA)


on the front-left label:

“This Belgian Style Ale is aged for nine months on local Hood River peaches, our special house yeast, and Brettanomyces. Peach aromas shine through a farmhouse of funk and finishes tart and dry. Bottle conditioned.”

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  • Style: (peach) Sour Ale / Fruit beer
  • Taste: Big sour controlled pukey funk dull peach malt tangy tart acidity
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $18.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 12.7 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good, but not worth the imported price

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Hefty quality bottle. Pours translucent marmalade orange with a smallish long-lasting 2mm head, tight steady-fast clustered streams.

Nose: high acidic sour pukey, fruity alcoholic peach-apricot at the backend (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: huge sour-medium tart impression, soft crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), light vinegar, manageable big sour, medium pukey funk, dull peach notes mixed with tangy fruity malt

Finish: medium tart, lingering tangy soft fruity pukey acidity

Summary: Despite its big sourness and pukey nature, this is surprisingly sippable and the ABV is very well hidden. The peach fruitiness is on the dull side but the engaging acidity keeps this one interesting.

Poterie – The Bruery (Placentia, CA, USA)

Poterie – The Bruery, 16.8% ABV – 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., (Placentia, CA, USA)


info from ratebeer.com:

Poterie is French for “pottery”, the traditional eight-year anniversary gift. Our eighth anniversary ale, Poterie, follows in the footsteps of our anniversary releases before it, which are loosely based on an English-style old ale, fermented with our house yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. This means that a portion of each anniversary ale is saved in oak barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character as the years go by. The result is layered in robust and complex flavors of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly.


  • Style: (solera method, bourbon barrel aged) Old Ale
  • Taste: Intense sippable vanilla butterscotch liquid barley oaked bourbon
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke / Edmonton
  • How much: $50.25 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: YES
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: YES

(from memory, drank on March 2, 2017)

Visual: Hefty bottle. Pours root beer brown with a smallish head, mild activity.

Nose: Intense chocolate, butterscotch-toffee, wickedly aromatic (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: slightly fizzy, thicker viscosity, rich intense impression

Mid-palate: butterscotch, (lvl-8-sweetness), vanilla, toffee, liquid barley malt, bourbon, root beer

Finish: licorice, chocolate, background woodiness, controlled alcoholic heat

Summary: Super body, balanced, sippable, and should be shared among friends and family. This drinks unlike any of the 1100 beers I’ve tried – a wrecking ball of intensity yet still balanced enough not to be harsh. I probably say this only once it a year but this is something I would like to try again.

Lips of Faith Tart Lychee – New Belgium Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

Lips of Faith Tart Lychee – New Belgium Brewing, 7.5% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)


info from ratebeer.com:

56% ale aged in oak, 44% ale brewed with lychee and cinnamon.

To sweet and sour! In celebration of one of the greatest combinations ever, lychee fruit brings tropical sweetness to the party hosted by Felix, our golden wood-aged sour beer. Cinnamon sticks were invited to spice things up and so are you! Get in on the tasty revelry that is Tart Lychee. ”


  • Style: Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Fruity lychee solid sour-tart malt body subtle cinnamon/oak
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke / Edmonton
  • How much: $20 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid

(from memory, drank on March 2, 2017)

Visual: Pours cloudy golden orange with a large foamy head

Nose: tart fruity funked lychee (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), fruity aromatic lychee, mild wheat malt, soft tart

Finish: lingering fruitiness, cinnamon exhale

Summary: Great stuff, solid lychee flavour with a very nice fruity malt body. The cinnamon and oak are subtle but present.

Salted Caramel Stout – Breakside Brewery (Portland, OR, USA)

Salted Caramel Stout – Breakside Brewery, 6.7% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


from ratebeer.com:

A dessert stout brewed with lactose caramel and fleur de sel, inspired by our friends Tyler & Kim Malek at Salt & Straw. Tyler has been working on perfecting a lactose caramel syrup that mimics the flavor in his sea salt and caramel ice cream. After a few test blends, we’re worried that this might be the most addictive dessert beer ever made.


  • Style: (flavoured – salt, caramel) Stout
  • Taste: Medium sweet caramel light roasted barley malt subtle salt-caramel
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $9.42 CAD – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., February 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: for sure

Visual: Pours ultra dark brown with a creamy 2cm frothy head, sticky lacing, a thin layer of fine retention, singular fast as well as clustered steady micro streams.

Nose: initially light plasticky; sweet roasted barley malt (lvl-4)-pungency

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

Mid-palate: liquid light roasted barley malt, (lvl-5-sweetness), background balanced stout sour, cascading creaminess, subtle alcohol detection

Finish: slight dark caramel, traces of salt, chocolate, smooth and clean bittersweet light roast

Summary: Extremely drinkable with subtle caramel and even subtler salt and bittersweetness to augment the main stout body. Wished for some vanilla to put it over the top. Still great.