Too Much Coffee Man – Gigantic Brewing Company

O’hare’s Beer Club April 2014 Box

From Gigantic Brewing out of Portland Oregon USA comes their “Too Much Coffee Man” (beer #17) a Belgian-style black saison with coffee.  The beer pours a dark brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of coffee, tobacco smoke and roasted malts.  The flavour is of tobacco, burnt coffee, smoke, roasted malts, wheat and yeast.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.2% with an IBU of 25.  I love this brewery but something about this beer just didn’t work for me.  Maybe it is my distaste for tobacco but I just didn’t like this one.

Commercial Description:  An experiment perfected!  This beguiling blend of imperial black saison and custom roasted cold pressed Coava Coffee will have your olfactory zones erongenized and begging for more.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Braised Shortribs

Click here to check out the April 2014 Box

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The Twelve Beers if Christmas – 3 – Spinnakers Brewing Festive Saison

(Spinnakers Brewing is in Victoria BC added by Mike G)

My twelve beers of Christmas, number 3, Spinnakers Brewing Festive Saison: Black Saison with Ginger.

This beer has a very complex nose that I honestly cannot parse. There are obviously notes of ginger and ther are some sour fruit esters but there are other things going on that I cannot put my finger on.

Sadly the flavour does not live up to the nose. The sourness that is definitive of a saison is very weak and comes off as very metallic, I think because of the ginger. The flavour is muddled at best, weak at worst. The ginger itself gets lost in the metal taste. The carbonation is good, pleasantly effervescent.

Not a favorite, which is sad, I generally like Spinnakers.


Black Saison – Four Winds Brewing Company

Limited Brew

From the new Four Winds Brewing Company in Delta BC comes their very limited “Black Saison” a beer only available at the brewery.  The beer pours a black/brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of toasty malts, pepper, yeast, fruits, oaky and some sourness from lactic acid.  The flavour of this brew was of roasted malts, dark fruits, pepper, yeast, mild oak and a mild sourness.  This beer was a really interesting creation being aged on Hungarian oak with Lactic acid to sour the beer.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25.  This beer was ridiculously good saison and Four Winds Brewing will not relent on their amazing releases.

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