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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

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Well I hit the goal I set out on a year ago last night.  That was to drink 365 different beers over one year.

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As some of you may know if you read my blog, I went to Buffalo and stocked up on some beer a few weeks back.  Brock from Burger Bar and I decided to hook up and try a few when he was back from his vacation.  It turns out the day we chose was the final day of my beer adventure.  Beer 365 of 365!

I did not review any beers for this post because I wanted to revel in the moment and enjoy the fine brews that were to be had.

I met up with Brock, his buddy Gill (hope I spelt his name right) Chris from TorontoBeerBlog and his buddy Andrew as well as little Bentley at Burger Bar where we dove right into the tastings.  We started with the Ithaca Alphalpha DIPA which was outstanding.  Most agreed that this was the top beer of the night and I would go so far as to say one of the top beers I have tried all year!

AlphalphaWe then moved into Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series Dunkel which was very smooth and also quite tasty.  This was Andrew’s favourite.  Next up was Dogfish Head Squall IPA, another winner.  Chris, Andrew and Bentley were gone when I moved into the Garrison Black IPA which I also really enjoyed.  Batting 1000 on the beer selection so far.  We finished the night out with a gift left by Chris of Nørrebro Little Korkny Ale Barley Wine.  Super smooth and super yummy.  The night was an “Epic” beer night as Chris would say.

The great thing about enjoying the beers at the Burger Bar is the food.  The onion rings and beef spring roles are outstanding, and how would you describe the burgers. One word.  Yum!

What a way to end my 365 beers adventure.  I have not decided what to do next except catch up on around the 100 posts that I am behind on.

I just had to repost this one since I had it last night and it is still an awesome beer!

I arrived in Ottawa to a great surprise, my mother in-law Jacquie brought me some Garrison beers back from Halifax.  Yippee, thanks Jacquie!!!!!  I have been hoping to trying the Imperial IPA (IIPA) for a while now.  It has won the Canadian beer of the year award 2 times (2007, 2008).  Apparently this beer will be making it’s way into the LCBO this year….but who knows!  If it does, do yourself a favour and go get some!  This beer has worked its way into my top 10 favourite beers!

About the Beer – It pours a nice foggy reddish copper colour with a good head.  The aroma was of citrus, grass, and a bit of caramel.  The taste was superb.  Grapefruit and tangerine citrus mixed with some sort of spice.  There is also a nice malt backbone to this beer.  The finish is bitter.  It lasts on the palate forever.

Would I Drink it Again? – In a heartbeat.  I wish it was more readily available in Ontario!

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Not a fan.

Garrison makes one of my favorite beers, their Imperial IPA.  Tall Ship Amber Ale on the other hand is not one of my favorites!  I understand the logic behind creating a more sell able beer since you can’t keep the business running on specialty beers alone, but I always get disappointed when they can create one of the best beers I have ever had and also create something so generic and boring to appeal to the masses.

About the Beer – It poured an amber colour with a nice head that was gone in a flash.  The aroma was of grain, grass, honey, nuts, and a bit of floral.  The taste was sweet to start, mostly grainy with some grassy hops in the finish.  No complexity at all.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, very uninspiring beer.

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Would you have thought that Jalapeño and beer could mix?

When my Mother In-Law Jacquie surprised me with this beer, I had never  heard of beer mixed with chili peppers.  It even has its own beer style.  Chili Beer.  Generally Chili Beer is brewed with oil or juice of the chili peppers, some even have the peppers or flakes right in the bottle.  They range in style from lager to ale and even some stouts!

About the Beer – It poured a light toffee colour with tons of head and slight lacing in the glass.  The aroma was of sweetness and Jalapeño peppers.  The taste had a little sweetness to start but then the heat took over.  There was a strong Jalapeño flavour and spice kick.  Very unusual.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, I liked the spice kick but I think it would be too spicy for some.  There was a definite burning on my lips and throat.  It would be great for cooking or with a cheese plate though!

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