Monday, 23 December 2013

Phillips Longboat chocolate porter

a beer made in victoria bc  that comes in at 5.2%abv.

Appearance:  dark with ruby hilights  on the edges.  tan head

Smell:  milk chocolate  coffee malts  no hops at all.

Taste: Milk chocolate  dark malts and again really no hops. leaves a coffee like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium thick body.  light carbonation easy drinking.

Overall:  quite nice  not terribly complex but has a agreable flavor profile.  3.75/5

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Wellington SPA special pale ale.

wellington county brewing  a canadian brewerey this beer comes in at 4.5% abv
and for those who dont know the significance of the boot.  the British call them "wellingtons" 

Appearance. pretty copper orange with a soapy off white head.

Smell:  piney hops over a good malt background.

Taste:  malty up front  then earthy piny hops  then kinda tangy.  finish is kinda "green"

Mouthfeel.  Thin with medium high carb  goes down easily though. 

Overall:  its kinda odd but in a good way.  i could see myself enjoying this in quantity.  3.5/5

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Budweiser crown

Bud crow is an amber lager with 6% abv

Appearance golden with thin head that dissapates quickly.

Smell sweet and like bud

Taste grainy and sweet cant call it malty astringant finish

Mouthfeel high biting carbonation in a thin almoast medium body goes down easy enough.

Overall. Better than bud but thats not hard to do. Drinkable 1.7/5

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Shiboridashi! - davar potterry.

so the secret project some of you might have heard about from me on some other forms of media that i haunt  here they are   a pair of  shiboridashi. made by Sue Davar pottery

darjeeling sungma summer - its about tea.

It is a second flush darjeeling from Its about tea.

4.7g in dayi gaiwan at 95c

1st infusion 30s:  light in color and flavor, very slight briskness sweet floral arrival.

2nd infusion 1m:  looks like this is a one steeper  super brisk all complexity has been washed over by the dryness. 

oveall:  not my favorite black tea never mind a darjeeling.  could likely add nicely to a blend tho.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Innis & Gunn Treacle porter.

The second of the innis and gunn holiday beers  is "treacle porter" "a rich complex porter finished with the adition of treacle"   never had treacle before so lets see what this is like this beer weighs in at 7.4% abv

Appearance:  redish brown clear body  off white head that dies down quickly.

Smell:  it smells sweet aroma is really feint.

Taste: sweet then a bakers chocolate bitterness with a boozy finish.

Mouthfeel:  medium smooth body with a light carbonation nip. 

overall:  a nice balance of bittersweet has a good body and is smooth  3.75/5

Sunday, 1 December 2013

innis & gunn bourbon stout

For the Holiday season  innis and gunn  do a gift set  with 2 of their special offerings.  and the first of that is  the bourbon stout  that weighs in at 7.4% abv

Apearance:  a dark brown with red highlights wen held up to a light with a tan head that dies down to a skim and leaves some lacing.

Smell: dark chocolate really sweat malty body and a hint of vanilla whiskeyness.

Taste:  chocolate ripe fruit and lots of vanilla oak with a boozy finish. kinda bitter.

mouthfeel:  light nippy carbonation kinda thin body. 

overall:  honestly not my favorite from them.  its an experience  just not as nice of one as some of their other offerings. 3/5

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Jasmine silver pearls: its about tea.

I am not usually one for  overly floral teas like jasmines, but these are supposed to be really good so i decided to give them a try.

I used 7 pearls in my dayi gaiwan. @80c

1st inufsion 1m : aroma is very floral  and the taste is floral and delicate. 

2nd infusion 1m: floral-ness is increased but not overbearing.

3rd infusion 2m:  floras are even more pronounced but the tea is starting to battle its way forward.

4th infusion 4m:  same intensity as before tea is starting to wind down.  I dont foresee it getting any more intense or complex. so I'll save you from reading more of the same. 

overall:  its a very well mannered tea with lots of floral presence and delicateness  a good tea for beginners,  the leaves are mostly whole 2 leaves and a bud.  excellent quality.  the actual jasmine has dissipated in the bowl. 

Monday, 14 October 2013

ACDC lager

an acdc branded euro lager at 5%

pour:  pale yellow with almost no head retention

Smell:  crisp and cleen pale malt. 

Taste: citrus hops with a thin malt background.

Mouthfeel: thin with a medium carb

overall:  a lager with a decent hop presence. pretty mild mannered not offensive.
lager mark: 3.5/5  overall mark  2.75/5

Sunday, 13 October 2013

paddock wood brewing london porter

5.2% abv porter made in  Saskatoon Saskatchewan.

pour:  deep mohagany with a tan head that stays for a decent time

Aroma: dark chocolate and malts with a coffee note

Taste: malty  bitter chocolate and coffee with earthy hops on the finish

mouthfeel:  on the thin side but has medium carbonation  goes down easy.

overall: decently good brew  would drink often.  3.4/5

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Iron Maiden Trooper ESB

a 4.7% ESB from robinson brewing that has  iron maiden artwork all over the bottle.

pour: amber with a thin soapy head. that laces.

Aroma: malty caramell with a light earthy pine note

Taste: malty sweet that melts into a light earthy hops and a light bitterness

Mouthfeel:  light drinkable  medium body.  low carbonation

overall:  its a nice beer not terribly interesting but i could see myself sitting in a brittish pub enjoying a few pints of this.   3.7/5

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Teaware and "just us " oolong

After such a long absence I am back with a new teaware find and a new tea which I actually found in town, miracles will never cease.  So here's a couple shots of the cups I bought which are made by a localish artist: Susan Davar,  a resedent of Onanole mb

And now the tea.  Its an oolong that I bought from the new bistro in town.
6.1g in dayi gaiwan 90c
1st: 1m
Dark almost like a black tea so higher oxidation kinda nutty dry finish.
2nd. 30s
Dark fruits and dryness verry dark for an oolong plesent but not complex
3rd. 1m
Less dark more floral. Still dry.
4th 2m.
Flavor has pretty much died down to something like a standard black tea.

Thoughts? A reasonably priced tea but nothing spectacular. Imo its about 10% too oxidised the aroma is nice though.