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Garrison Imperial IPA

Posted: December 31, 2013 by Kenny in Imported
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imp ipaCountry of Origin:  Scotland
Alcohol Content:  7%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

The wife picked this up during her last trip to the LCBO before Christmas. We wouldn’t be caught dead anywhere near that place later than when she went. It’s a mad house of people who all of a sudden realized that they were having people over at some point in the next week and they may like some sort of spirit while they socialize. Morons.

Anywho, I caught wind of Garrison beers coming to the LCBO from a website called the Bar Towel. They have a section in their forums run by LCBO and Beer Store employees that lets us enthusiasts know of new beers coming to the shelves. I asked the wife to pick up whatever she could find from them and she grabbed an IPA. Good Girl.

It poured out copper and cloudy, already a good sign.  When I smelled it, that lovely aroma of cascade hops wafted up and kissed me. Oh how exciting this is going to be! An IPA made with cascade hops!

When it was cold, it was a great tasting hoppy IPA. It had that bitter up front followed by a nice pine finish. It wasn’t too heavy and it wasn’t too sweet. Then it warmed up. It started to take on a more foot like smell. Not good smelling feet, if there is such a thing. It started to taste like feet too……not that I would know. I mean, friends tell me these things.

So, to sum up: if you like IPA, drink quick. If you like feet, drink slow.

Tree Brewing Captivator Doppelbock

Posted: December 31, 2013 by Kenny in Craft
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captivatorCountry of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  8%
Sequence:  Second
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Stein by way of bottle

Since the new push by the LCBO to bring in new BC beers, I’ve seen Tree Brewing all over the place. Usually, it’s just Hop Head (regular and black), but since it’s the winter, porters, stouts and doppelbocks rule the shelves. Thus, enter Tree Doppelbock.

This was the second beer I had this night. My Red Racer IPA had just blown up all over my spaghetti so I was sad. I had been waiting for Mark to come over to drink this one, since it was a big, boozy beer, but after my little accident, I said the hell with it and tackled this one myself.

It poured out very black into my German stein (probably not the recommended glass for doppelbocks, but better than a Red Solo Cup). It smelled like bread, or at least grains or wheat or something like that. There was a lot of sediment left on the bottom of the bottle, so I figured this was going to be a decent beer. Yeah, I’ve decided that sediment equals decent beer.

The taste at first, when it was cold, was sweet and malty. But as I drank and as it warmed up, it got bitterer and malty-er. Nothing special.

As far as doppelbocks go, it was pretty good. As far as beers go, I can’t see myself recommending this to anyone I know.

Xbeeriment Black Force One

Posted: December 30, 2013 by Kenny in Imported
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bfoCountry of Origin:  Denmark
Alcohol Content:  10.4%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

By the time I drank this beer, I had over 45 beers that I had to write up and post on The Beer List, so I decided to take a break. Whoa! Not from beer, are you crazy? From new beer. A full 5 days had passed between Take the Black Stout. This one had been sitting in my fridge for a while…staring at me every time I got a beer. Almost saying “Hey, look at me, I’m different, I have a fun name, I’m 10.4 friggin percent!” So I did it. I finally decided that it was time to try it after a rough week where 5 out of 6 of us were sick (hint: I was fine).

Coming out of the bottle, the beer looked grey. Not like as in elephant grey, but like faded denim black, washed-too-many-times black. In the glass it was black as black can be with a tiny brown head. When it was cold, it was stouty and boozy. Very boozy! After what seemed like forever, it got warmer and turned a lot sweeter….and a lot boozier.

It was not that bad, but holy crap, was it strong. STILL, not sure why they need to make them so strong. This was one of the highest ABV beers I’ve ever had (St Bernardus Abt 12 is 10.5%, Flying Monkey  Imperial Maple Wheat is 11%)

 

bottle-2-tbsCountry of Origin:  United States
Alcohol Content:  7%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

Last year, I heard that there was a brewery in the States that was commissioned by HBO to make a series of beers based on Game of Thrones (only the best show on TV right now). At the time I thought, how the hell will they pull that off? And even more, where can I get some?!

Turns out, the first beer, Iron Throne, was never, EVER in Canada, so I just kinda forgot about it. Then this past fall, when the second one came out, Take the Black Stout, I read about it and pined for a bottle for a week, then forgot about that too. Then I heard some rumours that it was available at the LCBO. You can imagine how excited I was. Only problem… couldn’t find it anywhere I went. So when Jackie was coming back from Toronto one weekend, she “decided” to stop in for dinner and a beer before going home. Turns out, she and the wife were in cahoots about getting this beer. Sneaky….but awesome.

We were all ready to pour it out when I thought it would be a good idea to read the label. Should not have done that. “Beer brewed with star anise and licorice root”. Dear lord, two things I hate! This is going to suck, and I was so excited for it too. We decided to drink it anyways, because beer! It was very dark and had a chocolate brown head. It smelled like hops and kinda like a saison, with that wheat like aroma, kinda like Noir de Chambly.

We hesitantly tried it and we were both shocked. Shocked I say, that it was actually good. It had a smoked stoutiness to it, plus a wheat beer backing and only the slightest hint of licorice. It was so good, I didn’t want Jackie to have anymore.

I tried finding another bottle, but the closest LCBO that has it is 85km away. Not worth that trip.

If anyone knows how/where to get Iron Throne…let me know, I’d love to try it.