121/1939) Home: Doc Perdue's Bobcat West Coast Red Ale by Cowbell Brewing Co. of Ontario: **1/2; 5.5%, 30 ibu; pours red; basically it's a hoppy Scotch ale; piney citrus nose; citrus and tropical notes; piney finish; the red ale elements add a new and interesting dimension to the West Coast IPA style;
The story, from the tin, goes that Doctor Perdue was Blyth's veterinarian in the late 1880s. He collected exotic animals and was known to enjoy a drink. One night on being cut off he went home and returned with a bobcat on a leash threatening to let it loose if he wasn't served another drink.
122/1940) Home: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout by North Coast Brewing Co. of California, U.S.A.: **1/2; 9%; nose is alcohol, bitter chocolate, coffee; flavours of dark, bitter coffee, alcohol, raisins, hint of anise and just a touch caramel towards finish; a marvellous RIS;
On the label, it reads, "Never say die".