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I did not learn from the first 4 lessons so why not try it again?

To be fair I actually purchased this one at the same time as the Oatmeal Stout, so the only punishment was that I actually tried it instead of setting it aside after 4 other very poor experiences with Trafalgar.  Maybe it was morbid curiosity but there it was sitting in the fridge and I thought what the hell.  Why not!

About the Beer – It poured a pale gold colour with a ridiculously large head.  The aroma was oily floral and soap.  The flavour was better than expected but there were still hints of soap mixed with hops.  It was extremely carbonated which gave it a fresh kind of feel.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, and I am officially retired from trying any other Trafalgar products.  Fool me once, twice, three, four, and five times…..big shame on me!


Fooled you didn’t I?

The original Budweiser beer!  The story is a bit convoluted so I will let Wiki tell you all about it.  Follow the link!

I have no picture or review today since I just wanted a beer without all the hassle!  All I can tell you is that it is a classic Czech Pilsner and goes down quite nice.  Very refreshing.

Jumping forward again on request!

While out at Volo I was lucky enough to be given a bottle of the Lazarus Breakfast Stout from Jordan.  I did not have the opportunity to get out to Project X when it was being launched so it was a great surprise that Jordan saved one for me.  Thanks dude!

We were having some Quesadillas for dinner which I make an Ancho Chili red sauce to accompany them.  Since Lazarus was also made with some Ancho Chilies I thought it would make for a good pairing.  And it did!  I also promised Jordan to give my honest feedback so here goes!

About the Beer – It poured a lovely black colour with a great mocha coloured head.  The aroma was of coffee bean, roasted nuts, and chocolate.  My wife said it reminded her of the cottage??  The flavour was great, lots of coffee right up front with a nutty-cocoa flavour throughout and an espresso hit at the end.  You could barely pick out the Ancho Chili used but maybe that was because there was Ancho Chilies in my meal?  The texture was one of the first thing I noticed about the beer though.  Very smooth and creamy, just what I look for in a Stout.  I think I really like Breakfast Stout!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes,  I thought it was a very tasty beer.  If it was produced again I would definitely buy some.  Would make a great Seasonal brew.  My only suggestion would be to kick up the Ancho Chili just a tad more!

Some times you just have to do things out of order.

Back in October I was contacted by Jordan a fellow beer blogger about brewing some beer with other local blog-ites during the Southern Ontario Brewers Learn 2 Brew day.  Since it is a Christmas Ale and I did enjoy the fruits of our labor last night I thought it only fair to jump ahead in my timeline to critique this brew today.  If you do the math you now know I am 57 posts behind what I am drinking today!!

All I can say about the beer was that it was damn good and better than I could have ever expected.  A true one of a kind beer since we changed the recipe on the fly and probably broke some cardinal brewing rules by not taking notes!  Ooops.

You can check out Brew day at the following links:

About the Beer – It poured really dark brown with a great mocha coloured head.  The aroma was of cinnamon and sweetness.  The flavour had a bold cinnamon hit right up front but mellows into some nice caramel/molasses notes.  I picked up some pine and bitterness right at the end.  Nowhere near as bitter as I was expecting after putting all those hops in!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, what a smooth and interesting beer.  I can’t take any real credit for it though since the recipe was Jordan’s (with some tweaks by Andrew) and most if not all of the brewing technique was done by Andrew.  Chris and I were more of the go crush some barley, wash out that pot, get rid of those grains kinda guys!  Although Chris sure knew how to explain the whole experience to any passer’s by.  I am officially dubbing Chris the “Marketing Guy” for the day!

We never really named the beer so I guess it will always go by Christmas Ale but apparently the beer is popular with the ladies!

Thanks again to Jordan for inviting me, Amsterdam for putting up with a bunch of brewers and the SOB’s for all the info.  I now feel prepared to try my next Home-Brew.

You would think I would learn my lesson….

Apparently I don’t take my own advice: 3 STRIKES! YOUR OUT! – BEER #84, but I had heard that this was one of the better beers that Trafalgar brewed.  All I can say is that at least it was not off this time!

For a good write-up on Trafalgar see this POST from Jordan.

About the Beer – It poured a dark brown colour.  Not as dark as I was expecting for an Oatmeal Stout.  The head was good.  The aroma was of sweet oatmeal, mustiness, light caramel, and a bit of smoke.  The flavour was quite bland.  Very light for a Stout and hardly any smoke.  But is was not sour!

Would I Drink it Again? – Nope.

Besides Jack-o-Lanterns I can’t think of a better use for pumpkins!  Well maybe pie…

Just when you though I was done with the pumpkin beers I pull out another one.  In fact I even have more pumpkin beer to review.

About the Beer – It poured a nice auburn colour with a decent head that recedes to a ring with lacing.  The aroma was of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and a bit of floral and sweet notes mixed in.  The flavour was very yummy.  Not too heavy on the pumpkin or the spices but still enough to give it some zip.  It would make for a great session Pumpkin Ale.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, I really enjoyed this one.

Yes I am still getting through the Halloween releases at the LCBO!

Since I rarely post on weekends my backlog of beers reviewed is quite large.  As you can see I am still getting through the Halloween releases from the LCBO.

On a side note.  Can a city do worse for promoting its own beer?  I was in Revelstoke this year skiing and did not see Mt.Begbie’s beers anywhere???

About the Beer – It poured a nice deep copper colour with a great head that stuck around for a while.  The aroma was of pine, citrus, and melon.  The flavour was a lovely pine mixed with some candied fruit, grapefruit, lemon peel, and nice malt backbone.  Not a super bitter finish.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, I really enjoyed this one.


Last beer from my Cameron’s mixer pack.

If you have been reading my blog carefully you will know I am not a huge Lager fan.  Too many of them are bland or not very crisp.  One thing this blog has forced me to do is try way more Lagers then I ever would have.  I am glad to have found another one that I find quite enjoyable!

About the Beer – It pours a lovely golden colour with a very white head.  The aroma was very tame but you could pick out some sweetness mixed with grass and bread.  The flavour was very smooth.  Nicely malted and very crisp.  Not even remotely close to the big brand adjunct lagers!  I can see why it has won a bronze medal at the Beer World Cup.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, one of the more enjoyable Lagers I have had.

I had no expectations, which is a good thing!

I went to a neighbours party and he had a case of this beer.  I had not had it in years so he sent one home with me.  I am glad he did.  I was truly surprised at how much I liked it.

About the Beer – It poured a foggy yellow colour with a great head.  The aroma was of spice, bubblegum, and citrus.  The flavour followed the nose.  Lots of bubblegum, banana, and citrus.  Surprisingly not as much spice as in the nose.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, this was a great beer.  Not huge but well crafted with great taste!

My 3rd different pumpkin beer of the year.

This was the Pumpkin beer I was most looking forward to this fall.  First it is not just a Pumpkin ale it is an Imperial Pumpkin Ale.  You know I like the big beers.  Secondly it is from Southern Tier.  I have yet to try a beer I didn’t like from them!

Here are some other review of STBC beers:




About the Beer – It pours a nice burnt orange colour with a great head.  The aroma was of…you guessed it!  Pumpkin Pie.  Notes of allspice, caramel, and nutmeg.  The flavour was of caramel, pumpkin puree, spice and a tiny bit of bitter with a nice warm finish.  Delicious!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, in fact I already have!

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