Archive for February, 2014

Ontario Beer Company 100 Mile Lager

Posted: February 28, 2014 by Kenny in Craft
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100-Mile-LagerCountry of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content: 5.5%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of can

Jackie was going to Toronto for the weekend and the wife asked her to pop into whatever LCBO was closest and take a look for some new beers for me. Last time we were in Toronto I walked away with lots of new stuff, since most of it was local.

She called me while she was in the store to play a game of “have you had this?” My answer to all but two was “yes”. (It’s getting very hard to find new beers around here anymore.) Those two beers were from the generically named Ontario Beer Company.

There was an ale and a lager, and like your mama told you, take the one you don’t like first. So I grabbed the lager, expecting it to not be to my liking. It poured out golden-yellow and had lots of tiny bubbles. It was very effervescent (double word score!). It smelled like a lager, which one would expect, but it tasted super light and sweet, which one would NOT expect. It was surprisingly very good. Good enough that I would drink it again, if there wasn’t much else on the menu at least.

 

Founders Porter

Posted: February 24, 2014 by Kenny in Craft, Imported
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porterCountry of Origin:  United States
Alcohol Content: 6.5%
Sequence:  Fifth
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

Sorry about the break, but the Olympics were on and I pretty much disappear for those two weeks every 4 years. I did, however, have a few beers, especially Sunday morning 7am when our boys won the gold!

But, this was before all that.  I drank this during my boy’s 8th birthday party. It was after lasagna dinner and people had started to leave. I wasn’t ready to be done with beer just yet, so I grabbed one that would fill the voids in my belly.

Founders has surprised me with the mix of beers that have been available at the LCBO. Centennial was amazing, Pale Ale required a re-taste, Breakfast Stout is definitely on the 2014 top 10 list…well OK, Dirty Bastard was not to my liking, but the rest have been good.

This poured out super black and smelled porter-like. It had a nice roasted malt taste up front that gave way to an interesting hop/sweetness on the booty. Even a few friends who don’t like or have never had a porter like it.

It was a good, solid porter. Just wasn’t “Damn!”

Hornbeer Black Magic Woman

Posted: February 20, 2014 by Kenny in Craft
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bmwCountry of Origin:  Denmark
Alcohol Content:  10%
Sequence:  Fourth
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

So, for dinner on the boy’s 8th birthday, I made a couple of lasagnas for the crap-load of people who showed up (and they were awesome, if I say so myself). We had already had a few beers (only one new) and I gave Mark the honour of grabbing our next. In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have done that. He grabbed the beer that he thought looked the coolest and made him laugh (horn beer, tee-hee). I saw that it was 10% and thought, “how is this going to pair with lasagna?”

The label said that it was brewed with malts that had been smoked with peat moss…you know, like scotch is. Now I know it’s going to be strong!   It poured out massively black and had the tiniest of brown heads. Right away, all you could smell was peat moss. It smelled like (bad) scotch. It really didn’t make me want to drink it after that, but we did.

It tasted like a heavy stout with a lingering peat moss after taste…much like scotch. It was harsh, but good at the same time. It probably was a little too heavy to drink with lasagna, but neither made the other unpalatable.  Near the end of the glass, once you got used to the scotch taste, you could taste a little chocolate, as a good stout should.

Mill Street Weizenbock

Posted: February 19, 2014 by Kenny in Craft
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oie_19171333FM1WZSGeCountry of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  7.5%
Sequence:  Second
Finished: Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

My boy was turning 8, so the weekend consisted of 3 birthday parties, One for my parents who insist on coming over ON their birthday, one for his school friends and one for the family. On family birthday party day, Kailyn brought over her new man….and he brought over beer. That’s already a big check mark in my books.

Apparently, they had a beer tasting with Mill Street at their work and they were able to bring some home, so they grabbed 14 and walked out the door. In the matter of two days, I drank 9 Mill Street beers, including ones from my own collection.  This one, however, was the only one I hadn’t had. It was part of their winter sampler and it was the only new one in the pack, so I didn’t get it. I knew it would find its way to me eventually.

It poured out a dark milky brown colour. That sounds disgusting, but it’s the best I can do.  It smelled like banana bread and booze! It tasted a little bit like banana pudding…and booze. I call the flavour Boozana. I think I can use it for a lot of beers I’ve tried. It was super malty and a little thick, but overall, it was not bad.

This makes 20 Mill Street brews I’ve had now…..impressive, isn’t it?