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Bise Noire – Trois Dames, 7.2% ABV, 33cl., (Sainte-Croix, Switzerland)

ratebeer’s definition of Foreign Stout:

“Foreign Stout began with the beer that would become Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. This was a stronger, extra-hopped version of the basic Guinness Extra Stout, brewed to survive long journeys overseas. The classic FES still exists in a few different forms, but many of the original destination countries (Jamaica, Sri Lanka, etc.) now have their own, locally-produced versions. Foreign stout occupies a position between basic stout and imperial stout. It is sweeter than a basic stout, but not as robust as an imperial. It is less fruity and less hoppy as well. Foreign stouts are sometimes made with local grains and adjuncts – sugar is not uncommon. Alcohol ranges from 6-8%.”

  • Style: Foreign Stout
  • Taste: Light roasted bitter malt citrus sour/acidic
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 33cl., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours dark brown with a slight purple hue, small & lasting very creamy head, a bit of lacing, a decent layer of retention, lots and lots of active streams.

Nose: light roasted brown sugar malts, hints of chocolate and coffee. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming acidity

Mid-palate: unexpected sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) cola, light roasted bitter malts, lemon-grapefruit citrus acidic-sourness

Finish: soft bitter hops mixed with lingering malty bittersweet sourness.

Summary: Decent flavour but I just can’t fall in love with such a sour stout.

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Lime Kolsch (Kölsch) (ale brewed with lime zest, kaffir lime leaves, & lemongrass) – Burnside Brewing, 5.4% ABV, 18 IBUs – 1pt. 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)

on the front left-side label:

“Lime Kölsch is a German style beer made with Pilsener malt and Tettnanger hops. With our Burnside twist, we add the zest of 200 limes and then infuse with the essence of kaffir lime leaf and lemongrass. The result is a crisp, dry, and pleasurable summer ale with hints of exotic flavours from the East.”

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  • Style: (lime zest, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass + Kölsch) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Tangy light-sour lime leaf + zest lemongrass barley malt
  • Where I got it : W.16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 1pt. 6 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours translucent pale orange with a small head, a thin layer of micro CO2 retention, clusters of very active streams, no lacing.

Nose: mellow kaffir lime leaves, lime zest, overall bright citrus. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming sourness

Mid-palate: very tangy, light-med sourness, fizzy-tingly, (MAIN) kaffir lime leaves, lime zest, barley malt, *hints* of lemongrass.

Finish: lingering acidity, bitter lime peel, subtle bitter hopped barley malt finish.

Summary: Discernable bright flavours just as advertised with a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Nevertheless, kudos to Burnside for creating a uniquely tasting yet very drinkable brew. It drinks like a better tasting Corona & Lime.

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Mabon 2008 Spiced Honey Wine – Meadow Vista Honey Wines, 12.2% ABV – 750ml., (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

on the left side of the front label:

“A warm and spicy metheglin style, Mabon balances just the right amount of coriander, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg with pure BC honey. Pairing well with walnut and goat cheese salad, herb encrusted lamb and your favourite leather chair beside an evening fire.”

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  • Style: (coriander/cardamom/cinnamon/nutmeg) Spiced Mead
  • Taste: Sour-fruity apple-honey spiced acidic alcoholic
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot in Dilworth, Kelowna
  • How much: $30 – 750ml., summer of 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to mead aficionados: didn’t love it & didn’t hate it

Visual: Pours white wine yellow without any bubbles.

Nose: sweet honey wine mixed with distinct cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg, very clean. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: big acidity

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, alcoholic bitterness, (MAIN) red apple, light honey, white grape, green cardamom/cinnamon/nutmeg

Finish: tangy-sour acidity, alcoholic throat warmth, coriander, medium tart apple-fruity off-dry finish.

Summary: Although a little “thin”-feeling on the palate, this mead is well-balanced in flavour, alcohol, and complexity. Too much acidity/sourness for me to love.

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  • My Rating: [C-],  I gave it a (2.5 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Barrel Aged 1000 IBU, 9.6% ABV – 375ml., (Copenhagen, Denmark)

underneath the wrapped paper label:

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  • Style: (whiskey) Barrel-aged Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Flat alcoholic sweet oaked whiskey brown sugar cacao malt coffee bittersweet
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store (?)
  • How much: ??? – 375ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, it’s retired anyways

Visual: Pours molasses brown with lots of suspended sediment, zero head, just a few countable larges bubbles around the perimeter; Not all that appetizing for a beer.

Nose: smoked woody malty sweet brown sugar. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: FLAT, incoming super sweetness

Mid-palate: alcohol, (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) roasted coffee, malt, brown sugar, cacao nibs, oak, whiskey

Finish: orange peel, lingering coffee bitterness + hops, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Lots of flavour once you get past the fact that it is non-carbonated. The first few sips are discouragingly uneventful since one would expect a crisp bite when drinking a beers. About a third way through the buzz and (therefore) the character start to emerge. Many others are reporting a head so perhaps this was an expired bottle..? (BB 8/3/2013). Still it was corked. Tasting THIS bottle, it’s overly sweet and my least favourite so far of all Mikkeller’s plentiful offerings.

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  • My Rating: [B-],  I gave it a (3.2 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Roguenbier Rye Ale – Rogue Ales, 6.6% ABV – 25 IBU – 650ml., (Newport, Oregon, USA)

on the back label:

“Dedicated to Farmers, Fermenters & Brewers. GYO is a Rogue Ales term for Grow Your Own. We made this ale with our own rye, hops and barley.

Farming takes determination. Our entire first planting of Rogue farms Dream Rye was eaten by a wave of slugs in 24 hours. We were determined to grow and brew with our own rye, so we replanted. Dare, Risk, Dream.

Brewed using 9 ingredients: Rogue Dream™ Rye; Rogue Black, Rogue Smoked, Rogue Caramel 40 and Rogue Barley Farm Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Rogue Hopyard Independent Hops; Free Range Coastal Water and Weizen Yeast.”

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  • Style: (also barley) Rye Ale
  • Taste: Caramel bready malty rye soft hopped ale
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $9 – 650ml., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure, not amazing but solid

Visual: Pours nutty root beer brown with smallish foamy head, a very thin layer of micro retention, some decent lacing, some varied speed streams.

Nose: light brown sugar malts, smells like a brune (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: very biting crisp, yeasty sourness

Mid-palate: background hopped sourness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar malts, caramel, bready, yeasty

Finish: hint of quick spiciness,, smooth-crisp mouthfeel malty off-dry soft hopped bitter finish.

Summary: Very drinkable especially while still cold. Overall good body, mouthfeel, and flavour. Forgettable but not regrettable.

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  • My Rating: [D],  I gave it a (2.1 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Cherry Bomber Hefeweizen Ale – Big Rock Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 650ml., (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

on the back label:

“There’s only one way to adequately describe what you get when you combine the most malted prairie barley, golden wheat and Cascade hops. The Bomb. When you add cherries into the mix, well, it becomes the Cherry Bomb. And when you put it into this big of a bottle, you get the Cherry Bomber. 22 deliberately different ounces of full-bodied Hefeweizen ale, with complex aromas and flavors including wheat and vanilla, plus, of course, cherry overtones. And, being a craft brew, you know its beguiling reddish hue and pinkish head are as natural as the slight carbonation you’ll feel tickling your tastebuds. ”

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  • Style: (Cherry) Flavoured Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Watery-thin yeast wheat light ‘cherry-like’ pukey fizzy ale
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 – 650ml., August 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: Steer CLEAR

Visual: Why do I keep buying Big Rock brews? Well I guess just because they so accessible and they do often create unique beers. Anyways, this pours clear copper orange-red with a large partially lasting bubbly head, a decent layer of retention, tons of lively activity, not much lacing.

Nose: thin-pukey fruit, not that offensive, acidic & yeasty, wet cardboard. Not particularly inviting. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: watery-thin mouthfeel, tingly-bubbly

Mid-palate: light sour, fizzy, (MAIN) yeasty, thin wheat malts, light cherry syrup, plastic,

Finish: numb tongue, burpy, thin-bodied, dissipating pukey, fizzy wheat malt finish.

Summary: The cherry flavour wants to come out but it just doesn’t have the fortitude to so do. Overall everything is weak and watery – just a crisp, chuggable brew that leaves no impact to the tastebuds nor imagination. Skip it, it’s just a pukey-hopeless cherry version of their Grasshopper wheat ale.

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  • My Rating: [A],  I gave it a (4.3 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Mout & Mocca – Brouwerij De Molen, 11.6% ABV – 330ml., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

Ingredients: water, pale, brown, cara, roasted barley malts, premiant (bitter hop), coffee, wild mocca, yeast (top fermenting). Unpasteurized.

  • Style: (coffee) Flavoured Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Deep roasted bittersweet coffee choco malt super smooth high ABV
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 330ml., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes!!! Finally a beer I’m willing to have seconds
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: absolutely 100%

Visual: A whopping 11.6% ABV!!! Should be good… Pours dark beer bottle brown, a smallish head, a thin ultra-micro bubbly layer of retention, some lacing, a few hard-to-see tiny CO2 streams.

Nose: Fragrant deep-roasted coffee, some caramel malts, lots of chocolate, trace amounts of sourness. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: slick-crisp mouthfeel

Mid-palate: immediate bold flavours of -> (MAIN) deep roasted coffee, chocolate, demerara sugar, mild alcohol detection, late -> (lvl-5) malty sweetness

Finish: light counterbalancing sourness, gentle long-soft bitter hops, background non-invasive alcohol heat, smooth bittersweet roasted coffee finish.

Summary: Initial sip = knew this was a great brew, absolutely stunningly smooth. ABV is supremely well-hidden by the full-bodied mocha-malt mix. It’s like drinking a nicely bittersweetened roasted coffee beverage. Kudos to the De Molen team for such a fab brew. Lots of roasted coffee on the inhale-exhale. Alcohol detection increases as it warms.

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