Tuesday, 17 November 2015

September 18, 2015

I shall begin with my standard Toronto Beer Week, C'est What Fall Beer Fest disclosure:  what follows are exclusively three ounce samples, many of which were shared with my wife so it is not nearly as bad as it looks.  Indeed, I am just a little bit disappointed over how well behaved I was but, as I have said, I was being escorted this day.

217/1491) C'est What:  Guilty Conscience by Innocente Brewing Company of Ontario:  **;  on cask;  9%, 110 ibu;  strong piney nose;  very bitter after taste;  strong pine flavours;

218/1492) C'est What:  Atlas Chugged by Junction Craft Brewing of Ontario:  *1/2;  cask;  4.4%, 30 ibu;  sweet herbal, floral nose;  strong malt backbone, a bit watery and mildly floral; wins my award as the best named beer of the night but I was the tiniest bit disappointed - it could be that I have higher expectations when I see the name Junction Craft;

219/1493) C'est What:  Armed and Citra by Rainhard Brewing Co. of Ontario:  **1/2; 5.4%, 40 ibu;  powerful citrusy nose;  citrus, grapefruit notes;

220/1494) C'est What:  Refuge Double IPA by Rainhard Brewing Co. of Ontario:  **;  8% 90 ibu;  piney nose;  mild but fresh pine flavours;

221/1495) C'est What:  Root Beer Porter by Innocente Brewing Company of Ontario:  **;  5.1%, 25 ibu;  a guy sitting at the bar said, "You're in for a strange experience.";  smells like mediciney, herbal root beer;  rooty herbal flavours;

222/1496) C'est What:  Kapow by Rainhard Brewing Co. of Ontario:  **1/2;  6.5%, 60 ibu;  opaque;  strong grapefruit nose;  tropical citrus flavours and after taste;

223/1497) C'est What:  Fresh Off The Wire by Wellington County Brewery of Ontario:  **;  on cask;  6.3%, 65 ibu%;  sweet malty nose;  notes of dark sugar and sweet berries;  not what I was expecting;

224/1498) C'est What:  Chocolate IPA by Black Oak of Ontario:  **;  6.5%, 60 ibu;  sharp citrusy nose with a touch of sweetness;  like a hoppy Tootsie Roll (which I am sure is a copyrighted term);

225/1499) C'est What:  Harvest Ale with Blackberries by Muskoka Cottage Brewery of Ontario:  **;  on cask;  7%, 60 ibu;  fresh berry nose;  hoppy with a blackberry finish;  blackberries add a richness to the original;

226/1500) C'est What:  Raspberry Berliner Weisse by Nickel Brook Brewing of Ontario:  **1/2;  3.8%,  9 ibu;  malty raspberry wheat nose;  particularly strong, fresh, sharp raspberry flavours;  cidery, with the strongest raspberry flavours this side of Amsterdam's Framboise;

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