St. Peter’s English Ale

Brewery: St. Peter’s Brewery Type: Organic English Ale ABV: 4.5% Appearance / Aroma: Bright and citrusy aroma. The malt notes are actually even a bit sour and bright as well. Fairly pale in color with moderate cloudiness. The head didn’t develop a whole lot and receded down to a thin layer on top that’s sticking around for a bit….

Monty’s Aged Ryed Ale

Brewery: Old Tomorrow Brewing Type: Rye ABV: 6.2% IBU: 16 Appearance / Aroma: Earthy, oaky aroma with notes of fruit. The color is orange/burnt orange, similar maybe to a home brewed cider (not the cleaned up Strongbow types). Head is a bit bubbly and foamy and recedes moderately without much lacing. Taste / Feel: This beer has a strong caramel presence with…

Mad Quacker

Brewery: Lake Wilcox Brewing Type: Amber Lager ABV:  5.0% IBU: 24 Appearance / Aroma: Really nice copper color with a foamy hazelnut head. The head is not quite as big as I would have expected for such an aggressive poor and died off quite quickly with little to no lacing. Initial nose is sweet and malty with a few…

Westvleteren 12

Brewery: Westvleteren Brewery Type: Quadruple (Trappist) ABV: 10.2% About: Westvleteren 12 is brewed by a monastery in Belgium called the Saint-Sixtus Abbey and is widely regarded as the best beer in the world. It is sold in limited quantities and, like a fine wine, gets better with age – in fact, it is not recommended to open the bottles…

5 Fingers

Brewery: Nita Beer Company (Ottawa) Type: Brown Ale ABV: 5.5% IBU: 40 Thoughts:  It pours a gorgeous bright brown and settles into a deep chestnut.  Very good looking.  It has some nice head retention.   Little smell- a very un-intimidating aroma. The original mouthfeel is lively with some bubbles which are gone in one swish.  It ends up coming…

Bell Ringer

Brewery: Gananoque Brewing Company Type: India Pale Ale ABV: 6.5% IBU: 60 Thoughts:  Another bad beer from Gananoque.  Super disappointing because it poured sensationally pretty.  It had this bright orange sizzling action going on- it was pure electricity out of the can.  There’s no continuity between that and the aroma or taste though.  The mouthfeel is slimy and hostile- the…

WINTERWEISS

Brewery: Muskoka Brewing Company Type: Dunkelweizen From Beer Advocate:  ‘These southern Germany wheat beers are brewed as darker versions (Dunkel means “dark”) with deliciously complex malts and a low balancing bitterness. Most are brown and murky (from the yeast). The usual clove and fruity (banana) characters will be present, some may even taste like banana bread.’ Dark…

Naughty Otter

Brewery: Gananoque Brewing Company Type: Lager ABV: 5.2% IBU: 24 Thoughts:  To be honest it pours as one of the ugliest beers I have ever seen; it doesn’t have golden or bright attributes like most lagers.  It’s murky; foul looking.  It does have a nice foamy head, but again it’s a cloudy and impure looking affair.  It…

Carol Anne

Brewery: Whiprsnapr Brewing Company (Nepean, Ontario) Type: Irish Blonde Ale ABV: 4.7% IBU: 34 Thoughts:  Very carbonated, thin white head, orange glow.  Nice looking- looks like a wheat beer.  It’s interesting!  Very little sweetness, very little bitterness, I can’t discern anything it is doing if I’m honest.  It’s a dry hop and gentle malt mix for sure because…

Cooper’s Hawk

Brewery: Gananoque Brewing Company Type: American Pale Ale ABV: 4.2% (Light) Thoughts: Very little foam- nice cloudy copper shine.  Low to medium bubble action.  There’s a really nice immediate silky mouthfeel but there’s very little which develops after it.  It leaves me wanting more because what I do get is very good.  Very good.  I would buy it again….

Thursty Pike

Brewery: Gananoque Brewing Company Type: Czech Style Pilsner ABV: 4% (Light) Appearance / Aroma: Poured with a fluffy European Pilsner head, which is my favorite kind, the density of a meringue – I can hear the carbonation eating away at it after pouring – there is a lot of carbonation but a lot of head so…

Shinnicked Stout

Brewery: Muskoka Brewery Type: Stout ABV: 5.2% IBU: 19 Appearance / Aroma: Citrus and tangy aroma with a dense, foamy head that persists. Its color is quite dark with very little light refraction. Taste / Feel: Upon first sip, what comes to mind is a smooth and comforting chocolate milk with a great velvety texture that warms slightly…