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Dead Crow Bourbon Beer

Posted: December 14, 2015 by Kenny in Craft, Imported
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deadcrowYou may have noticed that I have not been updating the list as often as I used to. Well, work is crazy busy and I don’t have the kind of time I used to to write up every beer I drink. OH, I still drink a lot of beer (as of this writing I’m at 1,423).

Now, since my time is limited, I have decided to only spend the time to write up really good beer, great experiences…or the most vile beers I try. This post, my friends, is that of the latter.

In my experience, when something says its Bourbon beer, it has been aged in bourbon barrels, or has had some portion of it infused with the essence of bourbon, direct from the source. So when I grabbed Dead Crow Bourbon beer, I was expecting more of the same.

The bottle was clear so I could see that it had a clear, dark orange colour to it, which is along the same lines as many Innis & Gunn, which are oak aged. I had no reason to believe that this beer was going to be the shit show it turned out to be.

After I poured it out, I took a smell; way too sweet to be bourbon. Let’s take a look at he the ingredients. I crap you not, this is how it went: Beer, Sugar, Bourbon Spirit, Flavoring. Are you for real? The first ingredient in this beer is… From where? What kind of beer?

Ok, benefit of the doubt, there are a lot of new fusion beers out there, like all the a-rita’s from Bud Light (notice there is no link to them……) and the new thing it to make beer cocktails (never) so maybe these guys are just ahead of the game.

No Dice. One sip and I cringed. It was way too sweet. It was like sugar water.

It only took another sip for me to decide this was one of the worst beers I’ve ever tried. Congratulations Dead Crow, you have found yourself in a very special group; Beer Ken did not finish. Make room Ghost Face Killah, Ghosttown Stout, Leifman’s GoudenbandDragon Stout and Spring Bock.

Country of Origin: England
Alcohol Content: 5.5%
Sequence: First
Finished: No
Vessel: Kitchen sink



Innis and Gunn White Oak Wheat Beer

Posted: October 9, 2015 by Kenny in Craft, Imported
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InnisandGunnWhiteOakWheatBeerIf you look back on my experience with Innis and Gunn, you can see that it started off horribly and then slowly moved its way up to Not That Bad. Then, earlier this year, they surprised me with two really good beers(Craft Lager and Toasted Oak IPA)

So, of course, now I seem to grab one whenever I’m at the LCBO. Last week was one of those days. I saw an I&G bottle with a blue label and thought to myself “self”, I thought, “you haven’t had a blue label, right”. So I looked it up and nope, I’ve never had White Oak Wheat Beer. Wait, Wheat Beer? Innis and Gunn? Alright. Stranger things have happened.

I read the back of the bottle and it described the beer as sparkling and a flavour that you would expect from a cup of earl gray tea. Colour me intrigued. It poured out a clear dark yellow and had barely any head. Right away I understood what the label was referring to. The whole kitchen started to smell like my mum was steeping a pot of Earl Gray after a nice beef dinner, complete with yorkshire pudding! (If you haven’t had it, you’re missing out!)

It smelled very floral and very sweet. It tasted, for the most part, like a wheat beer that was infused with tea leaves. It was so out of left field! The closest thing I could liken it to is Mill Street Lemon Tea Beer (which is a 5 star beer).

So, suffice it to say, I enjoyed this one a lot.  I’m looking to grab some more if I can.

Country of Origin: Scotland 
Alcohol Content: 6.4%
Sequence: Third
Finished: Yes
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle


Twisted Tea

Posted: August 10, 2015 by Kenny in Craft, Imported
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twisted-tea-original-1pkIt isn’t very often that I write about a beer that isn’t a beer, but considering that in the last 2 weeks, I have consumed at least a dozen of these, I thought I should add it to the list.

The wife and I were at one of her co-workers parties, which also happened to be a chilli cook off (we scored 3rd). Knowing that I was going to be eating chili, I brought along a few Cobblestone Stouts and a Lemon Tea beer to enjoy with dinner.

Before that happened, the kids were all out in the back playing games and jumping on the trampoline while the parents had some snacks and grabbed beer from an old wheel barrow. In said wheel barrow were a bunch of Boston Lager and Twisted Teas. At first, I enjoyed a cold-on-the-bottom-warm-on-top Boston Lager while the wife tried a Twisted Tea.

While my beer was satisfactory, she couldn’t stop saying how good her hard iced tea was. Curious, I decided to try a sip. Wow! That was pretty yummy. But I bet like with all iced tea/cooler type of drinks, they get really sweet the more you drink of it.

Not so! It’s just awesome. It looks like home-made iced tea, it smells like home-made iced tea and, surprisingly, it tastes like home-made iced tea. Well, maybe not home-made, but I found it tasted like the powdered Nestea my Mom used to make in the summer. There is that initial sweetness followed by a dry, powdery bitter that sits there just long enough to be noticed, then disappears.

Everyone we have shared it with since has liked it just as much. We are not on to out third case this summer. This could be the first time a non-beer makes the Top 10 list.

Country of Origin: United States
Alcohol Content: 5%
Sequence: All Summer Long
Finished: Absolutely
Vessel: Bottle, glass


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