Archive for February, 2015

Barn Door Summer Storm Lager

Posted: February 5, 2015 by Kenny in Craft
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summer-storm-beer_1xI’m not 100% sure why I’m drinking a summer beer in the dead of winter, but whatever. It’s beer!

This is the first Barn Storm I’ve had, so I have no expectations.  It poured out dark orange and smelled flat and malty. Then I read the label and saw that it is a Kellerbier. OK, flat and malty is what it’s supposed to be.

It tasted flat and malty too, but not creamy like Creemore’s Kellerbier. It actually tasted like a Polish lager, which I really enjoy for some reason.

It’s pretty good. I’d like to see what else they have in store.

Country of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  4.8%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle



Mikkeller K:rlek Pale Ale

Posted: February 4, 2015 by Kenny in Craft
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krlekMore long distance drinking with Jackie. This time, we both wanted to continue the hoppy beers, so we decided to go with Mikkeller K:rlek Pale Ale.

After Cream Ale, and the unexpected hops in there, I was expecting great things from a beer that was supposed to be hoppy.

It poured out a cloudy IPA orange and smelled very hoppy. That’s where it ended. It tasted flat and bland. The hops that were used were kinda boring. Whatever they used in Cream Ale should have been used here too, just more of them.

Country of Origin:  Denmark
Alcohol Content: 5.5%
Sequence:  Third
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle


Mikkeller Cream Ale

Posted: February 3, 2015 by Kenny in Craft
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mikkeller-creamIt’s about time!!!

I bought all the Mikkellers when they made their debut at the LCBO back in November, but at that time, I had a huge back log of beer that I had to FIFO, so I never got to them. Every time that I was ready for them, Mark would come over and then we’d drink some of the bigger ones. It drove me crazy!

The night that I drank this, the wife was at work and the kids were in bed. I was watching Team Canada in the World Juniors and texting with Jackie. It came up that she was drinking a Mikkeller Texas Ranger and had 4 more Mikkellers to go. We got the great idea that we could still “drink” together even if we were in different cities. I had all the beer she had, so we chose the Cream Ale to start with and we did some long distance drinking.

It poured out a dark, cloudy orange and smelled very hoppy. It didn’t smell like any cream ale that I had had before, but remember, these are the same guys who made a 17% black lager, so all bets are off!

It tasted very smooth with just a slight bit of hops in the booty. Not the kind that you get with an IPA, where it’s hoppy and sweet up front, and grapefruity and spicy on the way down. Just a squeeze of hops.

Near the end, it started to get a little bitter, but again, not IPA or APA bitter.

It was pretty amazing, actually. Looking forward to the rest.

Country of Origin:  Denmark
Alcohol Content:  5%
Sequence:  Second
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle


St Bernardus Wit

Posted: February 3, 2015 by Kenny in Imported
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st-bernardus-witI was so excited for this beer. Abt 12 has been a regular around these parts ever since we started hanging out with the Armstrongs; it’s a favourite of David’s.

When I heard that not only was the LCBO bringing in Abt 8 and 10, but also their white, I was very interested to see how a brewery who is known for trappist style, thick, heavy beers does with a gentle, subdued white beer.

It poured out a cloudy white and smelled like orange and traditional wit bier. It tasted not like your traditional wit bier. It was very boozy for a 5.5% beer and it had a quite sweet booty.

Damn. Too much sweet, not enough wit.

Not a fan.

Country of Origin:  Belgium
Alcohol Content:  5.5%
Sequence: Fourth
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle