Archive for October, 2013

Beau’s All Natural Two Weeks Notice

Posted: October 31, 2013 by Kenny in Craft
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two weeksCountry of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  6%
Sequence:  Third
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

Here it is. The last of the Beau’s Oktoberfest pack. I am still yet to find a Beau’s that blows me away. Oktobock and Night Marzen, those are the only two I like. Two Weeks Notice is a German porter, so there’s only so much they can do with it, right?

It poured out super black and smelled smokey. It tasted smokey and malty, like a traditional porter. It was a little harsh in the first few sips, but as it warmed, it got better. This was the first of the porter beers we had during an impromptu porter night (we had 4 in all).

It’s not horrible, but it wasn’t anything special either. I know the guys at Beau’s make some crazy beers, and I don’t mind trying them, but I need to find one that actually tastes good from start to finish. Lug Tread might be it…..I’ll let you know.

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Sheperd Neame Spooks Ale

Posted: October 31, 2013 by Kenny in Imported
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spooksCountry of Origin:  England
Alcohol Content:  4,7%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

Back when I first tried Spitfire and realized it was from the same brewery as Bishop’s finger, I went looking around the Shepherd Neame website to see what else they make. That’s when I saw Spooks ale. I had to laugh, our cats name is Spooks. It’s the official brew of All Hallows Eve (apparently) and is said to ward off evil spirits! It’s the best beer to have (post) on Halloween.

So I set out to find this beer somewhere other than England. There was a place in Portland that had it, and one in Florida, but that seems a little far to for a $2.75 beer. Then, I saw a “drinking buddy” in Ottawa that posted about it on Untappd, so I asked him where he got it. The LCBO was the answer. So I looked it up and found one location that had it here and I ran out to grab it. Mission completion.

It poured out a dark amber colour and smelled sweet and malty.  It had a very malty taste to it at first, but then the sweetness kicks in.  After about 5 minutes, it got really, really smooth and smokey. It was great! I could feel the evil spirits being vanquished as I drank!

I’m starting to think that maybe I was a little harsh on these guys before. That’s two in a row that I like. Maybe one day, I’ll try the Finger again…….one day.

Amacord La Tabachera

Posted: October 30, 2013 by Kenny in Imported
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tabacheraCountry of Origin:  Italy
Alcohol Content:  9%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

I picked up this beer from the LCBO because a) it was from Italy and 2) the woman on the label has huge….tracks of land!

I finally got around to drinking it one night when the wife and I were struggling to decide what to have for dinner after a tough night of kids’ activities. It was 9:45, and we decided on subs. I got there as they were putting everything away. For the first time in my life, I was THAT guy.

The label says it’s a unique amber beer. Sounds good. Malty amber beer and cold cut comb….wha? 9 friggin percent? Damn!

It poured out a cloudy amber colour and smelled like a good malty amber. It tasted like alcohol. Serious, that was all I could taste for the first 3 or 4 sips, pure alcohol. Finally, it started to taste like a beer, and it was pretty good. There is no need for that beer to be that strong! It would have been much better even if it were only 7%.

 

Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus

Posted: October 30, 2013 by Kenny in Imported
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AventunusCountry of Origin:  Germany
Alcohol Content:  8.2%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

There seems to be a new beer buyer at the LCBO this year, and I think he might be German. This is another Schneider-Weisse that I’ve never seen before. Prior to this fall, I’d only ever seen the hefe. Now, this is the third new one that I’ve tried! Either way, I’m impressed with the old Schneider and Sohn’s brewery.

This poured out a dark brown like I’ve never seen before. It bubbled and frothed and looked very much like Boddingtons does in the glass.  It had a great dunkel-like smell to it, wheaty and malty at the same time.  The first taste was very sharp and smokey. The more of this I drank, the better it got. It’s not like it had a chance to get warm though, I drank it pretty quick. Near the bottom it was starting to taste more like a strong hefe or a weak saison.

I recently had a beer that was made with the same strain of yeast that Schneider-Weisse uses…but more on that later this week.