Archive for November, 2013

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Posted: November 28, 2013 by Kenny in Imported
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celebratorCountry of Origin:  Germany
Alcohol Content: 6.7%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

The ONLY reason why I picked up this beer is because it had a cool little sheep/unicorn kinda thing hanging on the neck that I thought the girls would love to play with. I was right, and they did, for an hour. I have no idea where it is now.

I had this on a random “I think I want a beer” night. No one was over, I wasn’t eating anything special (or nachos or pizza) just wanted a beer. It poured out black with a great big beige head. It smelled like stink. I asked the wife what she thought it smelled like and she nailed it: cat food. Dry cat food at least.

It tasted like licorice and malts. Maybe a little raisin but I can’t be sure, it’s been so long since I’ve had any that weren’t in bran cereal (two scoops!).  We had just got a big bag of Popcorners (try them, they are yummy) and I thought that the salt and butter might make it taste better……didn’t.

It was a tough slug, but at least it was only a 330 ml.


blind faithCountry of Origin:  United States
Alcohol Content:  6.2%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Bottle

Here starts the fun mixer packs that we picked up in Port Huron a few weekends back. As always, we stop by Wal-Mart to pick up some things for the kiddies and maybe a few things for us, since their prices are SO much better than ours, most of the time. But you know another great reason to go to Wal-Mart in the States? They sell beer. Only place better is Costco, but we were 30 minutes away from one and it wasn’t that important.

While we were there, we found a Great Lakes (Cleveland) pack that, according to the box, expired the next day. Don’t think I’ll have time to finish that.  Beside it was a Summer Selection from Magic Hat. Being November when we went, it clearly had been there for a while, but the expiration date was February, so it was still good. At least the box said it was, let’s see what the stuff in the bottles is like.

This was the first beer of the night so I grabbed what should be a good starter, an IPA. We didn’t pour it out, we just cracked and drank. It started off bitter and hoppy, which was nice, but it also had a slight grapefruity taste too which I have found a lot lately with IPAs and APAs.  It was a great beer to start off a night of drinking. It probably would have been better if drank in the summer, but I’m not keeping it around until then.

Oh, word of warning…drink it quickly. If you let it warm up, by the time you get to the bottom, it turns into 100% bitter nastiness….


Renaissance Great Punkin

Posted: November 27, 2013 by Kenny in Craft, Imported
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punkinCountry of Origin: New Zealand
Alcohol Content: 7.2%
Sequence:  Third
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

Pumpkin beer from New Zealand? Do they even have pumpkins there? I’ve had a bunch of beers from Renaissance this year, I’m assuming they are new to the LCBOs radar or something, but I like most of their stuff. This one comes from the Enlightenment Series, whatever that means. I thought that this was going to be my last pumpkin beer of the season, but when we were in the States, we found a Rogue pumpkin… I’ll drink that in December.

It poured out dark amber with a huge orange head. It was so big and frothy that I thought that maybe it had turned. A quick check of the date on the bottle assured me it hadn’t.  I actually had to pour some of the head off so that I could finish filling the glass.

The bottle said that it was made with roasted pumpkins, so I knew it was going to be sweeter than the rest. It certainly smelled that way. It tasted like pumpkin and spices, more so than some of the others that just tasted like spice.  As I sat and drank while watching the Smurfs 2 (which was actually kinda funny) it got warm and better. I really liked it, almost the best of the season…..if it weren’t for Sasion du Pump, damn, that was a great beer.

Hogtown Ale

Posted: November 27, 2013 by Kenny in Craft
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hogtown aleCountry of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  5%
Sequence:  Second
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of can

When I was in Toronto a few weeks ago for a show, we took the time to stop by the biggest LCBO they had. It was actually attached to the distribution centre, so they kinda had everything available. This place even had a tasting bar. Too bad for me they weren’t open on a Sunday at 11am.

The next weekend was crazy. The wife had an appointment at noon, one kid had a birthday party to go to and we drove a friend of hers too, I went to Forked River to pick up their new beer and it was the last chance that we had to clean up all the leaves in the back yard. I didn’t start until 2 or so, and the sun went down before I could finish. There are still three piles and a tarp out there under 3 feet of snow right now.

Anywho, after a really hard day, I wanted a nice, easy beer to go along with dinner, so I grabbed this guy, a Kölsch style ale.  It poured out clear yellow and smelled like a brewery. You know that smell of boiling malts and mash and stagnant beer spilled on the floor. Yeah.

It tasted like , ironically, the flagship beer for the brewery I was at earlier that day, Forked River Capitol Blonde. The only difference is Forked River did it better. Hogtown was a good beer, but it wasn’t great. I just got it because it’s really only available in Toronto.