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by Belgian
Sun May 17, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO Winter Seasonal Craft Beer Release 19/20
Replies: 41
Views: 7295

Re: Cigar City Marshal Zhukov Russian Imperial Stout

Nice beer. Not worth the $$ imo. +1 (not worth $20, even for 650Ml) I was wondering at the high price, but I like it. Heavily built. The flavors are dense and carry on for a loooong time... it's a good hybrid of UK traditional and USA style RIS, with some nice leathery tones setting off the ample r...
by Belgian
Sun May 17, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO Winter Seasonal Craft Beer Release 19/20
Replies: 41
Views: 7295

Re: Cigar City Marshal Zhukov Russian Imperial Stout

Marshal Zhukov is available online again. I jumped on it after missing out earlier. I'd assume that the lone bottle that Belgian found at Summerhill was a return, but this was sold out a month or so ago and now in stock again so maybe a new shipment did arrive? There were a few cases that seemed to...
by Belgian
Sat May 16, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO Winter Seasonal Craft Beer Release 19/20
Replies: 41
Views: 7295

Cigar City Marshal Zhukov Russian Imperial Stout

No official list yet.. but I hear we are getting Cigar City Marshal Zhukov bombers HelloLCBO told me this year's Winter list hasn't been finalized yet but that was 2+ weeks ago. you might want to rename this thread 19/20 so people don't get confused with last years Winter list. In the local store a...
by Belgian
Sat May 16, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Modern trends
Replies: 52
Views: 2142

Re: Modern trends

Jelly King in particular is a great beer, but I've never had one where I thought the fruit addition improved it. Every variant I've tried has been too sweet to my tastes, compared to the base beer. I sort of differ, especially if the fruit is somewhat tart eg. apricot and peach. Pale tropical fruit...
by Belgian
Fri May 15, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4858
Views: 1140419

Imperial Brown Ale - Rusty

De Moersleutel Rusty Brown Ale This is stellar. In spite of the intense flavours and gently warm alcohol, I find this deceptively drinkable. Deep rich toffee-caramel, dark dried fruits, and some dry hop and roast balance. Hints of Demerara sugar and even umami leathery note. The flavours are looong ...
by Belgian
Fri May 15, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Modern trends
Replies: 52
Views: 2142

Re: Modern trends

Pastry stouts are disgusting, and I don’t know anyone who drinks them I think they’re interesting to people like me because we’ve been drinking lagers and Pilsner for decades now, and are chasing loud flavours and noses That's an interesting description. A lot of the"New World" wines are ...
by Belgian
Fri May 15, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Modern trends
Replies: 52
Views: 2142

Modern trends & the spectrum

I don't disagree that with 'modern' beer styles the more reductive and boring end of the spectrum infantilizes people's taste for beer. Soften, 'yummier', fruitier, more cocktail-like or candy-like brews. This has always been true of cider, but there's also an extreme range for it. The best Revel an...
by Belgian
Fri May 15, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 46
Views: 4297

Coronavirus creates cracks in the system

This is an organization first / customers last mindset. Their main concern is protecting staff, not society. I agree with your first point but protecting staff is not a concern for their safety as much as a concern not to piss off the union. The union is doing their job, and this situation is a per...
by Belgian
Tue May 12, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1065
Views: 219065

Ch. Fontaine Sauternes 2016

Château Fontaine 2016 Sauternes. A decent basic example of the famous sweet white wine of Bordeaux, a Semillon blend made with botrytis-infected grapes that creates unusual flavour impressions. This one has the honey, apricot and lychee fruit, some florals and wax, not bad and probably ready to dri...
by Belgian
Tue May 12, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 46
Views: 4297

Re: Coronavirus

...the long lineups being witnessed at some liquor stores. OK, note their response - the LCBO has set a limit on people in the store (good) and also shortened store hours (to an unnecessary extent) AND also closed up shop two days a week (kind of arbitrary and poor planning.) Plus they close extra ...
by Belgian
Sun May 10, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 46
Views: 4297

Re: Coronaevirus

If buying power doesn’t factor in to some of the LCBO pricing, then how are beers like Rochefort 8 and 10, Sam Adams Utopias, etc. such bargains compared to so many other places? I was always under the impression that the complaint is that it factors in so inconsistently rather than that it plays n...
by Belgian
Sat May 09, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1065
Views: 219065

Re: A corker of a Bordeaux superieure

Château Plaisance Les Palues 2015 Bordeaux Superieure. Wow nice. This Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend delivers a nice focused package of elegant fruit, a beguiling steely but enjoyable acidity and all the tannins nicely tucked into place. Some nice dark violet florals and hint of gra...
by Belgian
Sat May 09, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 46
Views: 4297

Ontario's (sometimes) liquor retail ghetto

This was a finding in an Auditor General report a few years ago. Though LCBO claims they have changed, I'm not convinced. Their pricing policy has more to do with discouraging over consumption (which is promoted through high prices), than taking advantage of their buying volume. I don't think the L...
by Belgian
Sat May 09, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1065
Views: 219065

Occultum 2016 Revisited

Domaine De Bila-Haut OCCULTUM LAPIDEM 2012 Syrah-Grenache-Carignan Blend. Midi France - the smoky-tarry and herbal/mulberry notes are interesting, a lot of berry depth and structure to this Northern Rhone-style red blend from the Midi. Big long flavors of black fruit set off with just enough fine t...
by Belgian
Fri May 08, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 46
Views: 4297

All apologies (not!)

Out of curiosity, which American brewing scenes besides Buffalo have you explored extensively in person to the extent that you can speak knowledgeably about them? Are we talking about San Diego, Portland, Minneapolis, Asheville, and Vermont? Personally, I think it's hard to generalize a complex and...

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