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by BartOwl
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Bandit Brewery
Replies: 11
Views: 3040

Re: Bandit Brewery

Went to Bandit last night. I ordered a DIPA and an east coast IPA. I'd describe both as if someone had taken a well-made example of the style and added water to it. They weren't bad, but they weren't amazing either. I am guessing there is some improvement since previous posters visited, but there is...
by BartOwl
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16305
Views: 1781788

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Surely that beer is a little past prime now? Wet hop beers age especially poorly and the hop harvest was a while ago. FWIW, I had both beers on draught, so it seems CA is still selling it. Don't know, if they have kegs sitting around in a warehouse or something... Also, there are a lot of harvest a...
by BartOwl
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16305
Views: 1781788

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Tonight, I had a Collective Arts Wet Hop pale ale. I found it lacking in hop flavour compared to other wet hop beers. Recently, I tried the harvest ale from 3 brewers, and I would rate it among the best harvest ales in the province. This is surprising given their core line up.
by BartOwl
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16305
Views: 1781788

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Right now: Fuller's Imperial Stout - I like this one a lot.
Recently: Bellwoods regular Skeleton Key -nice balance in something with a lot of flavour
MacLean's Cherry Porter - another winner from this brewery
by BartOwl
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16305
Views: 1781788

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Head to head wet hop showdown. Bellwoods Bine Hunter 5.0% abv For sale on Oct 20 Amsterdam Autumn Hop 5.6% abv Canned Sept 21 I had these both recently too, and I agree that the Bine Hunter had more hop flavour. The Bellwoods info on Bine Hunter states that they use Fraser Valley hops. I don't know...
by BartOwl
Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16305
Views: 1781788

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Head to head wet hop showdown. Bellwoods Bine Hunter 500ml bottle $7.50 (IIRC) 5.0% abv For sale on Oct 20 Amsterdam Autumn Hop 473 ml can $3.25 5.6% abv Canned Sept 21 Where is Nickel Brook this year? Drinking the Bellwoods first I thought it was just nice. Solid hop pungency on the nose. Dank and...
by BartOwl
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16305
Views: 1781788

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Right now, I am having a tasty Amsterdam Autumn Harvest Ale.
Recently, I had Bellwoods and Other Half MylarShark. Very impressive. With more hop flavour then the stellar Runes beer, they should make this one a regular.
by BartOwl
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16305
Views: 1781788

Re: What're you drinking right now?

At the Orkney Island Brewey, I was able to sample some real ales including a outstanding bitter, and a very good Dark Island ale. It has been something like 20 years since the Lcbo carried Orkney's brews, but I remember enjoying them then. Right now I am thoroughly enjoying a tasty Drk Isld Rsrv. Th...
by BartOwl
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16305
Views: 1781788

Re: What're you drinking right now?

At 200 ibup it had plenty of hop flavoured. :o And how was the malted? Or just a plate shredder? The malt profile was what I would describe as a standard IPA with little malt complexity. To be honest, I preferred the Top Out IPA, and I would not describe Jackhammer as palate wrecker. It falls a bit...
by BartOwl
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16305
Views: 1781788

Re: What're you drinking right now?

^^^Try and lay your hands on some "Tempest" beers. Their hoppy stuff is fantastic if you can get it fresh. Last time I was gome(2016) they had some decent distribution in some of the local-ish shops(marks and Spencer's,asda,some local garden centres). Based on this recommendation I picked...
by BartOwl
Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16305
Views: 1781788

Re: What're you drinking right now?

At the Salt Horse in Edinburgh Beavertown smog rocket - this is an English smoked porter. It has a smokiness between assertive and subtle with a balanced maltiness. Nice. Mount Saint Bernatd Tynt Meadow - this is an English old ale from a new trappist brewery that has only been available for three w...
by BartOwl
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16305
Views: 1781788

Re: What're you drinking right now?

At Bierrera Volo:
Barncat 36" Chain IIPA - yum!
Crooked Stave Petite Sour Rose - excellent
Almanac Sunshine & Opportunity - could be more complex
Crooked Stave Silly Cybies - sour! This is a sipper, but a very good one. Now my taste buds are done for the day.
by BartOwl
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16305
Views: 1781788

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Northern Maverick Destroyer IIPA - notes of orange peel, white pepper, and a dash of pine. Perhaps it is a little too sweet for the style (almost like a barley wine). Still a very good example of the style.
by BartOwl
Mon May 21, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Local Beer Guides
Topic: Montreal
Replies: 32
Views: 7976

Re: Montreal

Yes the draught selection is good and so is the bar scene here in Montreal. As for hotel, I am staying at hotel chrome. It is downtown, but it is one of the cheaper ones. Although long weekend prices are much higher than usual. You can also find places in hotels.com.
by BartOwl
Sun May 20, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Local Beer Guides
Topic: Montreal
Replies: 32
Views: 7976

Re: Montreal

I am in Montreal right now. Thanks everyone for the tips. With only two days here and a sore foot, I wasn't able to try everything suggested. I was a ble to make it to DDC. There I sampled some nice brews, including my first Kveik beer. It was refreshing and subtle, but I am glad to have tried it. N...

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