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I am a fan of Black & Tan just not like this.

I don’t mind the occasional Black & Tan, especially when it is a Guinness and Harp combo.  What is Black & Tan you ask?  It is a mix of a pale ale or lager with a dark beer such as Stout or Porter.  For more info see the wiki: Black & Tan

Headstrong is the first that I have come across that comes premixed in a can, although I have heard of other brands doing it.

About the Beer – It pours a copper/brown colour with lots of carbonation.  You can see the bubbles trapped on the glass.  It has a nice thick head.  The aroma was fairly weak.  You could smell a bit of sweetness, grain, and a tiny bit of caramel.  The taste has some roasted malt flavour but not much else.  There is a slightly bitter finish and a bit of coffee aftertaste.  Very weak flavour overall.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, I prefer a Black & Tan blended at the bar on draft.  It is an easy drinking beer though.

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A pale lager for a hot day.

  • Brew – Imperial 4.6% ABV, 350mlImperial
  • BrewerFlorida Bebidas
  • StyleLager
  • Country – Costa Rica
  • Purchased – In Costa Rica and brought back in David’s Luggage

This beer was brought to me by my friend David directly from Costa Rica.  I saved it till a nice hot evening to drink it.  Thanks David!

Interesting fact about this beer.  The design was done by a Costa Rican artist Carlos Salazar Herrera, the beer is nicknamed after his design.  They call the beer “águila” which translates to eagle in english.

About the Beer – It pours a pale gold colour with a bubbly white head that does not last long.  The aroma was very typical of pale lager from a warm climate.  Light grain, grass and a bit of sweetness.  The taste was quite light.  There is a small bit of malt sweetness as well as some grain flavour.  The finish is of light grassy hops, but has a very clean dry aftertaste.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, seems like it would be fitting in a hot climate.

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Champion Ale for the loser!

So normally the victor gets the spoils but after getting beat up on the golf course by my Dad all weekend, I came home to a nice cold Fuller’s ESB Champion Ale.  So even if I was the loser on the golf course I still came out on top!

Fuller’s ESB is called Champion Ale since it has been rated Britain’s best ESB as well as Worlds Best!

About the  Beer – It pours a nice burnt sugar colour as my Mom put it.  I have to agree.  It also had a nice thick head.  The aroma was of sweet malt and a slight bit of floral hops.  The taste was nice and smooth but not as bitter as I would have expected.  Maybe I am just getting too used to these extremely hoppy North American Ales.  The beer does finish with some earthy hops though.

Would I Drink It Again? – Yes, nice British style ESB.

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Can you go wrong with this beer?

  • Brew – Smithwicks Irish Ale 5% ABV, 440mlSmithwicks
  • BrewerGuiness Ltd
  • StyleIrish Red Ale
  • Country – Ireland
  • Purchased – My guess is the LCBO, but I picked this one from my Dad’s fridge!

My buddy Ted asked me when I was going to review Smithwicks.  How about right now!

The first thing I thought of when I saw this beer in the fridge was that you can’t go wrong.  It is just a damn good beer.

About the Beer – It pours a nice dark copper colour with a big thick head that leaves lots of lacing.  The aroma was of grain, sweet malt and a tiny bit of floral hops.  The taste was very smooth.  Lots of malt up front followed by some earthy hops and a slight bit of coriander.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, like I mentioned earlier you can’t go wrong with this beer!

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So as you may have noticed I have not posted in a couple days.

I went out of town this weekend and that is why I have not been able to post.  But I did continue to try a new beer each day!  This one is another new release by Mill St. Brewery.  I did not have my camera on me so no picture of this beer.

About the beer – It pours a hazy red colour.  OK head.  The aroma was of rye bread, some fruit, and sweet malt.  The taste was sweet as well, you could also pick up the rye and spice.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, not a big fan of this style beer.

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Do you like Belgian style Tripel’s?

Mill St. Brewery have come up with something a little different this summer.  A Belgian style Tripel that is available in bottles at the LCBO.  Previously only available occasionally on tap.

About the Beer – It pours a clear golden colour which is unusual for this style.  I am used to seeing the yeast floating around in the glass.  There was also no head which is unusual for this style as well.  The aroma was more stereotypical.  Light banana, coriander, and fruit.  The beer had some nice fruit tones and the banana could be clearly tasted.  There was also a nice spice kick to it.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, after the pour I did not hold out much hope, but the flavour surprised me.

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I know it is supposed to be raspberry beer but I taste black currant!

I am a fan of fruit beer as long as it tastes like beer still.  This Sam Smith’s is a good example.  Just enough fruit, but it still tastes like beer.  A bonus is that it is an organic ale.  If you have been reading my blog regularly you know I like the idea of organics and beer.

About the Beer – It pours a nice ruby colour with a thick pink head that leaves tons of lacing.  The aroma is of candied fruit.  I hate to say it but it reminds me of black currant and not raspberry.  The taste is much the same as the nose.  Black Currant!  What?  Are my taste buds off?  Nope, I had my wife try it and she said the same thing.  There is also enough malt to keep you tasting beer.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, it was a nice beer for a summer night.  I could only drink one at a time but I would buy it again.

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Do you like smoked beer?

What is Rauchbier you ask?  It is a smoked beer. Rauch meaning “smoke” in German.  It is a very old style of beer.  Dating back as far as the first century BC.   Malt is dried over an open flame which infuses the smoke into the grains, this in turn is transferred into the beer.

About the Beer – It pours a very dark ruby colour with a nice thick head.  The aroma reminded me of good quality smoked bacon.   The flavour was also very bacon-ish as well as a bit of sweetness.  Those were the only flavours I could taste as I found the smoke very overpowering.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, it is just too smokey for my taste buds. It does get a great review on beeradvocate if you are into the smoke thing.

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Summer time beer?

I had a small taste of the Lemon Tea Ale at Ces’t What’s Spring Festival of Craft Brewing.  I really liked it which surprised me.  I had to pick up a bottle to make sure it was not the affects of the other beers I had tasted that evening!  You know what? I still like it!  It makes for a great summer time ale.

About the Beer – It pours a light copper colour with a quickly disappearing head.  Very bubbly.  The aroma was definitely of lemon citrus and tea.  There was a bit of a spice smell to it as well.  Reminded me of Earl Grey tea.  The taste was very tangy with a lemon pop but it still had some malt in the backbone of the beer.  Definitely beer tasting and not cooler tasting.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, but I think I would only have one in a row.  Not a session beer for me.

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What do you think?

I think McAuslan make some of the best beers in Canada.  One of my favourites is the Pale Ale.  When I lived in Montreal it was on tap everywhere, from sports bars to nice restaurants.  A beer lovers dream!

About the Beer – It pours a rich copper colour with a nice head that leaves tons of lacing.  The aroma has a slight bit of grain, some floral hits, as well a bit of fruit.  The taste is fantastic.  It has a good hit of malt followed by a tiny bit of fruit, citrus, and earthy hops.  This is a really solid beer.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, like I stated earlier this is one of the best beers in Canada, maybe the world.  That is if you like pale ale!

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