Thursday, 17 December 2015

October 23, 2015

248/1522) C'est What:  Hibernaut by Stonehammer of Ontario:  **;  8.6%, 55 ibu; very dark brown;  mild tasting considering the ibu;  slightly rooty with a touch of bitterness;  mellow, mildly bitter finish;  an odd one I would like to get to know better;

249/1523) C'est What:  Queen's Ranger DIPA by Forked River Brewing of Ontario:  **1/2;  9.1%, 100 ibu;  beautifully clear with a strong, piney nose;  dry astringent, bitter hoppiness;  bitterness overshadows hints of citrus but it still gets a high rating from me;

250/1524) C'est What:  Common Loon by Bobcaygeon Brewing Company of Ontario:  *;  4.4%, 43 ibu;  very pale with a malty nose and malty flavours;  rather "common";

I also had a half glass of  St. Ambroise Pumpkin Ale which is is even spicier than the bottled version.

It was supposed to end here but there was no Handel concert at St. Paul's on Bloor Street East - naughty Wholenote magazine.  I was one of several people waiting outside when the janitor came to the door and said he was not aware of what we were asking about.  And it sounded like such an appealing concert but it was perhaps an elaborate practical joke.  I will try not to learn a lesson here because things got a whole lot better in a hurry.  Read on.

251/1525) Caffe Volo:  Bring Out Your Dead by Bellwoods Brewery of Ontario:  ***;  a 12.2% Imperial stout aged in cognac barrels;   wonderful oaky nose with hints of red wine and cognac;  thick, heavy mouthfeel;  medicinal notes, strong claret notes, oaky red wine notes;  wonderful, wonderful, wonderful;

The dance floor is pretty small so to speak so I went out to the patio to spend some time alone with this one and would you believe they offered to turn on heat lamps on patio for me.  I was born in Montreal in the winter so a chill in the air is my ideal temperature.

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