Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Midnight Sun Espresso Stout

Midnight Sun Espresso Stout (6.1%): a strong stout from Canada. So this stout's from .... Yukon, Canada! It's flavored with ground coffee.

  • Pours a dark brown liquid (hey it's a stout!).
  • Smells like artificial coffee... cream included!
  • Taste is bitter, smokey and fairly metallic overall.
  • Aftertaste is sweet, somewhat white-wine like! 
  • Gave me a slight headache. But yea I got a mega buzz out of this.
  • At least the label ROCKS! You gotta love the bird with the coffee bean in his mouth.


Verdict: it's an interesting concept (stout + coffee has been done before though) BUT err... this isn't a very good beer to say the least.


Grade:D



Thursday, September 22, 2011

Éphémère Cassis / Black Currant

Éphémère Cassis / Black Currant (5.5%): a fruit beer from Canada. This is my second black currant flavored ale after Lindemans Cassis.

  • Pours a beautiful pink-orange liquid. Truly awesome.
  • Agreeable fruity aroma. I "feel" black currants, grapes and grapefruits.
  • Taste is bitter, quite citrus-like.
  • Aftertaste is more sugary (think sweet oranges). I also detect a slight wheat aftertaste.
  • Smooth buzz.
  • Nice bottle/label.


Verdict: an excellent fruit beer. Highly recommended.


Grade:A



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Carling Black Label

Carling Black Label (5%): an adjunct lager from Canada. Carling is well-known brand within the English-speaking world. The brewery traces its roots to London, Ontario and is now part of the Molson Coors empire. Black label is without a doubt the brand's flagship product.

  • Pours a pale blond liquid.
  • Aroma is somewhat nutty.
  • Thin flavor with slights hints of peach.
  • You definitely feel the adjuncts in the aftertaste (corn and rice mostly).
  • Buzz is okay.
  • The elegant label/bottle is a piece of art.


Verdict: an inoffensive lager. Is it worth it? probably not ... but it won't kill you.


Grade:C






















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Friday, September 16, 2011

Alexander Keith's Premium White

Alexander Keith's Premium White (5%): a white beer from Canada. This is a white ale flavored with orange essence and spices.

  • Pours a light golden, slightly troubled liquid.
  • Aroma is lemonish.
  • Has a strong unrefined lemon flavor.
  • Aftertaste is sweet, almost rice-like.
  • Buzz is okay.
  • White label is boring.


Verdict: this was passable. It feels more like a Corona or Bud Light Lime than your typical witbier.


Grade:C+



Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Boréale Noire

Boréale Noire (5.5%): a stout from Quebec, Canada. Needless to say I've been pretty disappointed with the Boréale brand so far. The "Blonde" gave me a headache; the "Blanche" (white) was errr .... quite chemical. But like I said before I'm a very forgiving beer finder and decided to try the brand's stout.

  • Pours a deep brown liquid; nice beige foam.
  • Very nice dark chocolate aroma with hints of grapes.
  • Delicious dark chocolate taste. 
  • Aftertaste is somewhat seltzer-like. There is also a secondary caramel aftertaste.
  • Smooth buzz, I felt good.
  • The darker standard bottle looks quite elegant.


Verdict: this was a pleasant surprise. Highly recommended stout.


Grade: A



Sunday, September 4, 2011

Les 3 Brasseurs Beermat

Got this neat Les 3 Brasseurs beermat at one of their locations on St Catherine Street in Montreal.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rickard's Dark Beermat

Got these cool French-language Rickard's Dark beermats at a suburban Montreal restaurant.