Archive for October, 2014

Parallel 49 Black Hops

Posted: October 31, 2014 by Kenny in Craft
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IMG_20141010_212728_editRick went shopping a few weeks ago and texted me a pic of this beer and asked if I’ve had it. My answer was no, followed by a “I’ve never even seen that before.” I asked the wife to look at my local LCBO and they had none! I thought all hope was lost.

Lost until I went to Rick’s and he had saved it for me. Awe….

Black Hops is, from the name implies, a black cascadian hop beer. This year has been full of disappointing black hop beers. I was hoping that Parallel 49 could make a good one, one that rivaled Flying Monkey Netherworld.

Black Hops poured out a dark black (there is such a thing) and smelled like cascade hops and some sweet sugars. It tasted like….it should be added to the list of disappointments.  There was no hopiness to it, there was no spice, it was just dark ale.

It was decent in that respect, but not what the label had promised. Have I become such a beer snob that I’m THAT  picky when it comes to styles now?

Country of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  6.5%
Sequence:  Second
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

 

Strathroy Unnamed Wheat Beer

Posted: October 30, 2014 by Kenny in Craft
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1812We were invited over to Rick and Nancy’s one Friday so we pawned off the kids and went over. They were getting their driveway done that week, so there were trucks all up and down their street. I had no where to park my pretty new van (only a father of 4 would say those words and mean it).

Once we finally found a spot that we were comfortable with, we headed inside. We chatted for a bit, got the food portion of the night set up on the table, and then started drinking.  Rick invited me out to his beer fridge to grab our next one. He had a nice selection in there, but he only had single bottles. I felt bad asking to drink any of those, but he insisted. We ended up grabbing a yet unnamed Strathroy beer. He told me it was a wheat beer, which I am fond of, so I was OK with that.

Now, it’s unnamed because apparently they are having a contest to name it. When Rick told me that, I was all “Whaaaaa?”  They have one beer and it isn’t widely distributed, they are so not big enough to hold such a contest. They didn’t even have labels for it, they just stuck their 1812 label on it crooked. But whatever, it’s their business….

It poured out hazy yellow and had no smell at all to it. There was no orange, no coriander, no spice at all. It tasted sweet like a wheat beer but there was a fresh hop taste in the booty. It was a resin like taste that, again, tasted like the brewery smells.

It wasn’t that great; kinda boring and bland.

Country of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  ???
Sequence:  Second
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

 

Renaissance Elemental Porter

Posted: October 29, 2014 by Kenny in Craft, Imported
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elemental porterThe wife bought this for me on a Friday, and the next day at the in-laws after-party, Mark walked in with another. I guess we’re drinking these tonight too!

I poured one into a glass no problem. The second one didn’t all fit, they overstuffed the bottle! Either way, it was very black and had no head on it, suggesting that it is a flat, dry porter.

It smelled smokey and sweet, like pretty much every non-flavoured porter does. Dan (a new guy) said it smelled like smoked Pepsi…..he’s new at this.  It tasted smooth and a little smokey, but then, as it warmed up, you get some hints of chocolate. After that, it was great!

Keeping in mind that this was the 9th beer of the night, I feel like I should drink it again to get a better idea of what it’s all about. I will make that sacrifice for you, the reader.

You’re welcome.

Country of Origin:  New Zealand
Alcohol Content:  6%
Sequence:  Ninth
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

 

Unibroue Maudite

Posted: October 28, 2014 by Kenny in Craft
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mauditeNow that I have moved the Unibroue beers from the back of the fridge to the front, they are moving fast! It did take me 8 months to get to them, but as I have found in the past, it’s worth the wait.

Mark had already had it so I split it with Jackie. This is one of those beers that you see at the LCBO all the time, but you never want to buy it purely based on the name and the label imagery.  It wasn’t until I started this list that I decided that anything goes. If they make it, if I can buy it, I’ll drink it. (as you can see from some of these odd beers)

When I poured it out, I noticed that it was not your typical Unibroue. It wasn’t cloudy and sweet smelling, it was purple-brown and smelled like plum. Crap. I don’t like beers that taste
like plum (I’m 0 for 2 so far). It tasted like really strong prune juice. It was better than Liefmans, but it still wasn’t what I would call “good”

This is a rare No Like for a Unibroue beer.

Country of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  8%
Sequence:  Fourth
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle