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I can never seem to pass up an IPA at the LCBO!

This was from a holiday gift pack at the LCBO.   The pack contained 3 Sam Smith beers and an official pint glass.

About the Beer – It poured a nice copper colour with a great head.  The aroma was of caramel malt, earth, and some subtle citrus fruits.  The flavour was similar to an English bitter with lots of malt tones.   There were also some muted hops similar to an America Pale Ale.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, this was a very nice and well-balanced beer.


A new offering from Lake of Bays….well not so new now!

When I first picked up this brew and reviewed it, it was brand new.  Now that I am getting around to posting, it has been on the LCBO shelves for a few months.

About the Beer – It poured a dark brown to black colour with a 1/4 inch of head.  The aroma was of roasted malts and coffee mixed with chocolate.  The flavour was similar to the nose.  Roasted coffee and chocolate with a  slight bitterness to it.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes,  it was  a very pleasant Porter!

I love Short’s!  The Brewery.

This beer was another gift from my friend Paul.  He put together a mixed 6 pack that he brought back from the US for my Birthday!  Love these kinds of presents!

About the Beer – It poured a pale gold colour with very little head.  The aroma, if you can believe it reminded me of dill pickle chips at first then came hints of orange, coriander, and pepper.  The flavour had lots of lemon and orange zest followed by some sweetness.  You really get some pepper and lemon in the aftertaste!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, it was a very interesting beer. Not an everyday sort of beer but well worth trying.

India Pirate Ale?

Another bottle from the LCBO Belgian Holiday 6 pack!

About the Beer – It poured a foggy gold colour with a nice white head.  The nose is a bit sour mixed with banana and spices.  The flavour was quite sour with a melon, resin, and alcohol mix.

Would I Drink It Again? – Sure, it is an interesting beer.

Quebec Beer

Is this weather ever going to end?

Another seasonal beer from GLB.

About the Beer – It poured a reddish copper colour with an OK head.  The aroma was of cinnamon, orange, ginger, and caramel.  The flavor was quite spicy up front.  Lot’s of cinnamon, ginger, clove, and orange.  It kind of reminded me of allspice.  The malt profile was much lighter than I was expecting.

Would I Drink it Again? – Probably not, this beer is just not my thing.  Too much spice for me but I can see some really liking it.

One of my all time favorite names for a beer!

Does This Muumuu Make Me Look Hefe? was a beer created by Mike Lackey and GLB for Project X last November.  I first tried this beer around the same time while it was on Cask at Barvolo.  It was such an intriguing beer that I had to run out to GLB and grab some bottles before they were all gone (which was fast).

Lucky for all of you this beer will be featured (along with 18 other GLB beers and collaborations with House Ales, St.John’s Wort and Bartle) on tap at Barvolo  this weekend during – A Night With Mike Lackey & Great Lakes Brewery-March 12 event.  Sadly I will be out of town this weekend so you all better enjoy the beers for me!

About the Beer – It poured a cloudy orange/yellow colour with a good head.  The aroma was a crazy mix of melon, floral hops, the tropics, sweetness, and herbs.  The flavor was just as crazy good.  Yeast, lemon, banana, melon, spice, and a dry herbal/pine bitter finish! Yum!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes,  this is not a beer you could sit down and drink tons of at one time (well maybe YOU could) but it sure makes for a great pint!

There is nothing like UPS leaving free beer under your doormat

Step 1.  Write a blog about beer

Step 2. Get people to read it

Step 3. When promotional people ask for your home address, give it.

Step 4. Wait

When I first started writing this blog I never though anyone would read it let alone send me free beer!

This promotional beer was sent out by Alexander Keith’s as part of their Brewmaster’s Series.  I tend to be cynical about Macro beers and as a craft beer lover I am not a big fan of  the Molson/Labatt’s of the world, but I can’t help thinking that Keith’s branching out from their standard line-up of mass marketed beers will only attract more people to experiment with different styles. If people are willing to experiment this of course will help the craft brewers.  For a much better explanation of what I mean read Chris’ blog as he sums it up pretty well>TorontoBeerBlog

About the Beer – It poured a very copper colour with a fast receding head.  The aroma was of sweet caramel and a touch of smoke mixed with some aroma that you get with all Macro beers????  The flavour was sweet to start, tons of caramel, this was followed by some grain and light smokiness.  It finished with a bit of bitter and booze.  Much lighter than any other Scotch Ales I have had but quite drinkable

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, if I was at a bar that only served Macros and this was available I would drink it for sure.


Beer #2 from the LCBO holiday mixed pack.

I have always loved the packaging of this beer!  No sunlight is going to spoil this baby!

About the Beer – It poured a foggy reddish-brown colour with a great head.  The aroma was of liquorice, plum, heavy malt, Belgian esters, and alcohol.  Strong on the alcohol.  The flavour was of sweet caramel, raisin, peat smoke, and tobacco.  The tobacco really came out as it warmed up.  A much better beer the warmer it got.  There was a bit of sour in the aftertaste as well.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, this is a good beer but a definite slow sipper!

Finally getting around to the review of this beer.

I had the chance to get out to the Food and Wine Expo last November and I am finally getting around to the review of the beer!  For my view of the show check out the first post:

Wine, Food, and Beer?

About the Beer – It poured a nice deep amber/ruby colour with a nice head.  The aroma was spicy with hits of ginger and citrus peel.  The flavour was malty yet light with a big hit of ginger.  Very refreshing!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, I really liked this one.  In fact I just had it again this weekend at a Castro’s Beer Tasting put on by Chris Schryer and it was as good as the last time!

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