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A “Big” beer from Garrison Brewing.  Ol’ Fog Burner Barley Wine comes in at 10.4% ABV in a 500ml bottle.  This beer had a lovely tawny red colour with a complex nose.  Notes of dark fruit and caramel.  The flavour is exceptional.  Smooth, thick and caramel-ish (not really a word) with notes of spice.  Now I just need to get my hands on their barrel aged version!

Ol' Fog Burner


Next up was a CJM Brown Royale by Amsterdam Brewery here in Toronto.  7.2% ABV in a 500ml bottle.

I loved this beer.  It was almost black with a great mocha head.  There was lots of roast and nutty sweet cocoa on the nose.  A really malty brew with hits of molasses, espresso, roast, and nuts.  Delicious!

Brown Royale

Another old one from my notes.  Great Lakes Brewery Black Donnely, Black IPA 6.5% On cask at barVolo.  Sorry no photo as I was too busy enjoying this beer.

The beer had a deep brown head with a melon and citrus nose.  The flavour had lots of roast but also nice hits of melon and grapefruit.  There was a lovely and lingering pine aftertaste.  What a great beer!

I honestly don’t remember much about this one as it was so long ago except that it was a maple beer….Maple Wheat?  Anyone care to enlighten me?  Great Lakes Brewery

Berni 5-0

Beautiful deep red colour with a great head and tons of lacing.  There is a lovely plummy and spicy nose.  Tons going on in the flavour.  Some syrupy sweetness and a biting bitter intermingle with the spice.  Another winner from Dieu du Ciel!

Solstice d'hiver

A lovely reddish-brown beer with a nice roast and toasty malt backbone with a tinge of caramel sweetness brewed by Toronto’s own Amsterdam Brewery.

Wee Heavy

This beer has been making the rounds in Toronto for a while and I always really enjoy it.

So this has been a long overdue review since I have had this beer so many times.   It is one of my favourite IPA’s.

About the Beer – It poured a reddish copper colour with a great head.  The nose is full of malt and hops.  Lots of floral and citrus notes, you definitley pickup grapefruit.  Very complex hop aroma.  The flavour was great.  Some sweetness and rich malt at the start then you are hit with some bitterness.  Again floral and citrus on the palate mixed with some orange peel and pine.  So yummy!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, I love this beer.  Wish it was available all the time.

EDIT:  It is now available in the LCBO

Nothing like having a stout in the hot weather.  Most people say no way but I say what does it matter!



No review as it is too hot to write one but I have 3 words of advice: Go get it!


Well…..go get it this fall when hopefully they release it again!

P.S. I drank this in the Winter not today but, I am a proponent of having a stout on a lovely summer evening.  In fact I had one last night!

Another winner from Black Oak!

What can I say about Black Oak.  They put out one solid beer after another.

About the Beer – It poured very dark brown/black with a small head.  There was big chocolate aroma mixed with fresh notes and a bit of sour cherry.  The flavour was definitly chocoate mixed with some roasted malt, toffee, and a slight sour cherry finish.  Smooth going down.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, I have had many of these and will have many more.

One of my favourite local beers!

I always look forward to the Christmas season as Nutcracker Porter hits the scene again!

About the Beer – It poured pitch black with a great mocha head.  The aroma was of roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and some sort of nuttiness. The flavour was fantastic with nicely roasted notes, bitter chocolate, coffee, very light cinnamon, and a hint of mint????  The mouth feel of this beer is spectacular.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes!!! Can’t wait till Christmas comes to get more of this excellent beer.


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