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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!


Shameless plug!

Just a reminder that the Cask Social is tomorrow at the BurgerBar from 3pm to 6pm.

Here is the beer line-up!

  • Augusta IPA
  • Beau’s Bogfather
  • Cheshire Valley Robust Porter

Burger bar is in Kensington Market at 319 Augusta Ave.

Get out and have some “Real Ale”.  I will see you there!

For more info check out the Cask Social Website: LINK


Did you make it to the C’est What? festival of craft breweries?

Brew – Pioneer Dandelion Stout (cask)5.5% ABV, 3ozPioneer Dandelion Stout

BrewerBlack Creek Brewery


Country – Ontario, Canada

PurchasedC’est What?

I had the pleasure of getting out to the C’est What? 6th annual festival of craft breweries last night with my buddies Paul and Simon.  We also met up with Chris from the Toronto Beer Blog and his friend Andrew.  I tried a lot of good beers and a couple bad ones.  It was a great time.  If you get a chance to go to the fall festival, do it!

About the Beer – Poured a dark chestnut colour.  The nose had some vegetable smell but not much else.  The flavour was of roasted malt with a distinct vegetation taste. Very watery.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, It was not very good but I will give it a another try.

Brew – Hopping Mad Pale Ale 6%Granite Brewery Hopping Mad Pale Ale

BrewerGranite Brewery

Country – Ontario, Canada

Purchased – Granite Brewery and Restaurant

I had the pleasure of attending the 5th Cask Social at the Granite Brewery.  This is a gathering for those that love cask conditioned ales.  Cask ale is when the beer is conditioned in the cask and served from the cask.  It is said to be the freshest beer you can buy.  Granite was offering 3 cask ales.  Hopping Mad, Best Bitter Special and the IPA.

I have not been to Granite for quite some time and it was good to get back and sample some beer.  I have always loved their beers (suits my palate).  As you can see I sampled the Hopping Mad but I also took home a growler of Best Bitter.  Look for a review of the Best Bitter later.

About the Beer – The Hopping Mad had a nice copper colour and floral aroma.  The taste was all floral but I had a hard time placing exactly what I was tasting (maybe earthy with some citrus).  Very complex.  The finish was bitter but not overly bitter.

Would I Drink it Again? – In a heartbeat.  It was smooth yet complex but thoroughly thirst quenching.  What a great brew!!

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