Archive for June, 2013

Trafalgar Irish Ale

Posted: June 29, 2013 by Kenny in Craft
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACountry of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  5%
Sequence:  Eighth
Finished:  Yes…but just barely
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

SOOOOOO wasn’t looking forward to this beer, really didn’t want to drink it as number 8! I swear this must have taken us about an hour to finish.

First off…it smells like $h!t. Litterally. Between the Mark and I, we have 5.8 kids so we know what that smells like. That made it really hard to a) drink it with a straight face and 2) drink it at all!

Once we started drinking it, it starts off not too bad, tastes creamy and Irishy I guess. But then there is this wicked aftertaste. You know remember in college when you drank too much, then yaked, than stayed up later drinking more because you just made room? That taste, that acidic taste that was left in your mouth and made everything taste like puke…..that’s what this beer tastes like.

Nasty ash tray flavour on the beer booty. DO NOT DRINK THIS BEER!

Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA

Posted: June 29, 2013 by Kenny in Craft
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oie_transparentCountry of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content: 7.1%
Sequence:  Fifth
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

Ok, it had to happen at some point. The beer that has been in my fridge the longest, the originator of the term spooge beer, Amsterdam Boneshaker. The bottle has a skeleton riding a bicycle on it, because that’s not creepy. It has 7.1% ABV, because that’s not strong. It is unfiltered, because that doesn’t make it look like Stifler’s drink from American Pie….let that set in for a minute…I’ll wait.

So, isn’t it funny that the wife brings home another bottle the other day. You see, she’s smart. She checks the blog while she’s at the LCBO, and she didn’t see this on there, so she bought it. Good thing Mark was coming over, he had to help me with this.

Poured it, it is the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. The sediment looked like it was just suspended there in a gel like substance. It didn’t move at all, even when I sloshed my glass around.

When we finally sucked it up and bring it close, it smelled great. Like a fresh, pine smelly IPA should. The first taste was DAMN! Why was I so scared of this beer? This is really good.  It kinda has a apricot flavour to it on the beer booty.

NOTE TO READERS: Do NOT let this be get warm. It will take you twice as long to drink and the 7.1% will taste more like rubbing alcohol. You have been warned.

Marston’s Pedigree

Posted: June 28, 2013 by Kenny in Imported
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oie_transparent (1)Country of Origin:  England
Alcohol Content:  4.5%
Sequence:  Sixth
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

The first thing I noticed when I poured this beer out was the crazy amount of bubbles that were rising from my glass. Clearly, it wasn’t cleaned properly, that’s my fault. However, the beer not being good in the first place, that’s their fault!

It says right on the bottle that it is “Exceptional Premium”, and its called Pedigree, so they hold this beer to some crazy high standards. Unfortunately, it smells like pee.

Other than the pee smelliness of it, it’s your typical English ale; It looks English, it tastes English.

Pee…..smells like pee

Junction Conductor Craft Ale

Posted: June 28, 2013 by Kenny in Craft
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junctionCountry of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  5.2%
Sequence:  Third
Finished: Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of can

It was just a random Saturday, and Mark and Julie decided our house was better to play at than theirs, so they bribed me with beer and I let them in.  Of the 10 Julie picked up, there were 2 I hadn’t had before. (I’m sorry friends, you’re going to have to check out the blog as you’re shopping…..)

This guy, I had never even SEEN before…that’s exciting.  The can says it’s made with 5 malts and 5 hops. Generally, I would say that’s 4 too many malts, and the first few sips backed that up. It was quite malty to start off. But then….something amazing happened… we were putting the kids to bed at this point and we were away from our beers for a few minutes. Not even thinking, when we came back, we started drinking again. Both of us were confused. Did we finish the Conductor beer and are on to something else? What are we drinking now?

As it warmed up, the hops broke through and took over as the dominate flavour. I didn’t see any recommended temp on the can, but I will tell  you all…let it warm up a little. That was awesome!