Sunday, 12 August 2018

July 14, 2018

190/2411) Birreria Volo:  Cyclope Beta by Brasserie Dunham of Quebec:  **; a 5.7%; IPA brewed with Amarillo and Ekuanot hops;  fresh, floral and citrus nose;  Asian tea, floral flavours; 

Even though I was there in the afternoon, this was billed as an evening with Eloi and Brasserie Dunham.  Eloi Deit is the brewmaster for Dunham.  The owner was also on hand.

191/2412) Birreria Volo:  Cyclope Lambda by Brasserie Dunham of Quebec:  **;  a 4%; IPA brewed with El Dorado hops;  Asian tea nose; flavours of tea and tannins;

To date I have never gone to Birreria Volo for the sake of going there. It has always been for an event.  It is just a bit out of the way for me.

192/2413) Birreria Volo:  Berliner Black Raspberry by Brasserie Dunham of Quebec:  *1/2; a 4.2% Black Raspberry Berliner Weisse;  strong fresh black raspberry nose;  tart, astringent black raspberry flavours;

193/2414) Birreria Volo:  L'Ecchymose by Brasserie Dunham of Quebec:  **1/2; a 10.3% bourbon barrel aged Imperial stout with blueberries, rosemary and cocoa nibs;  brewed in collaboration with Four Hands of Missouri; strong chocolate and berry nose; dry unsweetened chocolate and blueberry with floral, herbal flavours;

From the French this translates as ecchymosis which is what someone with a degree calls a bruise.

194/2415) Birreria Volo:  Stout Imperiale Russe by Dunham Brewery of Quebec:  **1/2; a 9.0% Russian Imperial Stout;  dry, grainy roasty nose with alcohol; roasty with dark coffee and they cannot hide that alcohol; also hints of vanilla; very nice;

As per usual, these were five ounce pours at Birreria Volo.

195/2416) Thirsty and Miserable:  Laurentian Consensus by Dominion City of Ontario:  **; 6.3%; mind, it was spelled Consentus on the tap list:  brewed with Columbus, Galaxy, Citra Cryo and Mosaic Lupulin powder;  murky, swampy even; citrusy hop nose;  dry citrusy flavours;

196/2417) Thirsty and Miserable:  Big Train IPA by Left Field Brewery of Ontario:  **; 6.1%; this was in a tin; brewed with barley, wheat and oats; citrusy nose;  citrusy but no hop bitterness;

Big Train was Walter Johnson's nickname.  He was a hard throwing right hander who pitched for the Washington Senators from 1907 to 1927.  He won 417 games, of which 110 were shutouts and accumulated 3509 strikeouts.  I think the 110 shutouts is still an all time record.

If and when Left Field brews an oyster stout I hope it is named for Walter Johnson's teammate from 1924, one Oyster Joe Martina.

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