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Re: What're you drinking right now?

Postby BartOwl » Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:31 pm

Collective Arts Toronto small batch brew: Luminous Sound an NE IPA collab with Town brewery. Nice hop flavour. They also have three other IPAs brewed in Toronto, two of which I picked up. I have not tried those two yet.
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Re: What're you drinking right now?

Postby cratez » Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:24 pm

Holiday drinking:
Bellwoods Brettal Head - Foeder Aged Pale Ale
Bellwoods White Picket Fence - Nectarine
Rainhard Classic - Munich Style Lager
Rainhard Satanic Panic Imperial Stout
Rainhard Pure. West. WC IPA
Rainhard Hop Cone Syndrome - West Coast Double IPA

Also took a stab at the Northern Buck concoction I mentioned before. Ended up using Fever-Tree Ginger Ale instead of the recommended ginger beer as the best available ginger beer I could find was too sugary for my tastes (18 grams per serving vs. 7 grams for the ginger ale). Also used fresh lime juice in place of the store bought stuff. It turned out pretty well, and will probably become a go-to for me when I'm in the mood for a whisky cocktail.

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Brouwerij The Musketeers Troubadour Imperial Stout
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Re: What're you drinking right now?

Postby seangm » Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:51 pm

What am I drinking right now? Orval, of course. It's so nice to have this back, what a wonderful beer. Bottled Sept. 25, 2020 so it's relatively fresh; or at least fresher than I've ever drank it. Right now the hops are very present at the fore with herbal, grassy, and citrusy notes up front. Of course that wonderful but restrained funk comes through along with fruit, spice and bready malt notes. I grabbed 12 so I'm looking forward to seeing how this one evolves over the months and years.
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Re: What're you drinking right now?

Postby beerstodiscover » Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:51 pm

beerstodiscover wrote:Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12yr old Whisky Aged — Very well balanced stout with nicely integrated wood and whisky character. Relatively dry and easy drinking.

Having the 18yr now. Very similar to the 12 (as expected). It would have been worthwhile to do a side-by-side. Great balance, subtle caramel/chocolate/barrel/fruit notes, and a nice astringency that subsides as your palate acclimatizes. At 8% ABV, it seems bit pricey at $8.40/330 ml. A limited and unique product, nice to try, and I'm happy to support imports from Harviestoun. And now I could use a refill...
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Re: What're you drinking right now?

Postby beerstodiscover » Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:27 pm

Orval — Since its return I've opened by my 7.5, 6, and 4.5 year old bottles. I found them all rather consistent and tasting quite similar to the fresh stuff we have now — which is to say delicious. The oldest bottle was a slow gusher and went flat in the glass rather quickly. All were cellared in a basement and opened at about 10°C. A true side-by-side session would have been ideal, but I wasn't up for it.

The new batch is definitely more hoppy with more of the cirtrus/lime character I like in Orval.
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Re: What're you drinking right now?

Postby cratez » Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:03 am

Highlights from a recent splurge on Volo beer boxes:
Sonnen Hill Zigler Pils
Burdock Cherry B - Saison w/ Cherries
Sonnen Hill Mosaic - Hoppy Pale Ale
Willibald Southern Pine
Godspeed Sklepnik - Old Pilsen Style Lager
Stillwell Dry - Dry Hopped Baby Saison
Rouge River Two Finger Snap - Double IPA w/ Citra
Tooth And Nail Vim & Vigor Pilsner
Sonnen Hill Extra Hell
Oxbow Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale
Barncat Cats In Space Double IPA
Stillwell Stilly Pils Pilsner-Style Lager
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Ommegad! Clearout priced bottles

Postby Belgian » Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:07 pm

cratez wrote:Ommegang Game of Thrones: For the Throne
Ommegang Game of Thrones: My Watch Has Ended

I've kind of ignored this series as many of Ommegang's beers, while good seem a bit same-y. Watch Has Ended definitely had a very typical 'house' character, a bit mineral and umami like veal stock.

For The Throne is blowing me away right a this moment. I wish I had snagged one of the Imperial Stout and tried the others! Good stuff you Ommegangbangers.

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Re: Ommegad! Clearout priced bottles

Postby cratez » Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:20 am

Belgian wrote:
cratez wrote:Ommegang Game of Thrones: For the Throne
Ommegang Game of Thrones: My Watch Has Ended

I've kind of ignored this series as many of Ommegang's beers, while good seem a bit same-y. Watch Has Ended definitely had a very typical 'house' character, a bit mineral and umami like veal stock.

For The Throne is blowing me away right a this moment. I wish I had snagged one of the Imperial Stout and tried the others! Good stuff you Ommegangbangers.

I reached a similar conclusion, though didn't pick up any veal stock in the Watch. Your palate is more refined than mine. I thought it was fun to try once, but probably wouldn't revisit.

For the Throne, by contrast, was a real winner. These were my tasting notes. Cheers!
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Re: Ommegad! Clearout priced bottles

Postby Belgian » Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:08 pm

cratez wrote:I reached a similar conclusion, though didn't pick up any veal stock in the Watch...

For the Throne, by contrast, was a real winner. These were my tasting notes. Cheers!

I've noticed that umami meat-stock note in a few of their other beers (maybe Mars, Abbey, 3 Phils?) It's not bad, maybe it's a common yeast strain. I described Ommegang as 'polite Belgians' ie. they do a lot of things correctly but it's often so understated that sometimes nothing much stands out. This shoots for the same 2 markets that Unibroue covers - 80% are quite agreeable to the masses / every day, the other few (like the amazing Chocolate Indulgence) are more of a geek fest / special occasion.

Nice notes on Throne, and it's a really fair deal on clearout right now.
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Re: What're you drinking right now?

Postby beerstodiscover » Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:37 pm

Aventinus Eisbock (2018) - All this frigidity had me reaching for one of these that I picked up on clearance a while back. Very much enjoying it. Gladly so because I found the current LCBO batch (small bottles) very unpalatable, harshly boozy. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood or the cellaring mellowed this 2018 out. But I'd never had problem with the fresh stuff before.

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