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Love the combo of Oyster’s and Stout

Oysters and Stout have always been a good pairing.  Apparently it originated in the 18th century when British taverns would routinely serve Stout with a plate of Oysters.  I am sure you are wondering if they ever added Oysters right into the Stout…..they did around the time of WWII to add nourishment, but it was first reported to be done around 1928 in New Zealand.  Marston’s is not made with any Oysters.

About the Beer – It poured black with a mocha coloured head.  The aroma was of cocoa and some roasted notes.  The taste was sweet yet fresh.  Can you call a Stout refreshing?  There was also notes of chocolate.  Very light mouth feel

Would I Drink it Again?  – It would not be my first choice for a Stout but it is not bad.

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Everyone loves Gnomes right???

I was totally shocked when I walked by this one in the LCBO since I had no idea it was coming.  Stupid me only bought one though!

About the Beer – It poured a cloudy honey colour with a nice head.  The aroma on this beer was not very big.  A bit of spice, fruit and grass.  The flavor was really nice with hits of nutmeg, coriander, pepper, fruit, sweetness, and a tinge of herbal-ness (is that even a word?).  Very smooth tasting beer.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, this was a great Belgian Pale.  Now if only I had purchased a few more!

I headed out to one of the winter Cask Social’s and this is what I found:

This was gone quick at the last Cask Social of 2010.  I only managed to get 1 1/2 pints!

About the Beer – I did not take any notes and it has been so long I completely forget any of the finer aspects of the beer.  All I can remember is that it was lovely and anyone I spoke to at the event thought the same!  For a review of the bottled version check out the link to Toronto Beer Blog.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes,  I recall quite enjoying it!

Crème Brûlée beerDessert anyone?

I love this brewery as they come up with all sorts of great ideas for beer.  Especially ones that are designed after my favorite dessert!

About the Beer – It poured black as midnight with a great mocha coloured head.  The aroma was of custard/vanilla, caramel and a touch of rum.  Yep….smelled like Crème Brûlée.  The flavour was much the same.  Lots of vanilla, caramel, and coffee.  It had a very creamy mouth feel, reminiscent of Ice Cream.  You could also pick out hits of booze in the aftertaste, specifically rum.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, it makes for a great dessert beer.  I  highly recommend sharing this one as it has a huge flavour and would be tough to get through a whole bottle by yourself!

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