From Little Kn?wn Brewing Co a collaborative project between 49th Parellel Group a beer distributor in Western Canada and Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery out of Ontario comes their “Je Ne Sais Quoi” a Session IPA. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of mild fruit aroma backed up with some floral hops and maybe some pine but not much else. The flavour is of mild resin, pine, bitterness and some fruity citrus notes in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%. As India Session Ale’s go this is a pretty good brew although one of the issues with the style is it has little to no body.
From Phillips Brewing out of Victoria BC’s comes the “Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB” a quad-laboration with Garrison Brewing Co. (NS), Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC), Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (ON). The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of mild roast, biscuit, citrus, fruity and earth. The flavour is of bitterness, citrus sweetness, fruit, earth, caramel and some alcohol in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7.6% with an IBU of 50. I am a fan of all of the breweries that are part of this brew and I think this could have been a bit more exciting but it is a quality beer and I am enjoying every sip.
Commercial Description: Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB, and it’s a collaborative effort from four Canadian brewers to celebrate the spread of the craft beer movement from coast to coast–and all of the provinces in between. Garrison Brewing Co. (NS), Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC), Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (ON) and Phillips Brewing Co. (BC) all participated in the ‘quad-laboration’, coming together to craft a recipe designed to reflect Canada itself. It is an Extra Special Bitter, a style with roots that trace back to England, but as an amped up imperial version it has a strong spirit that is purely Canadian. Available for a limited time from private, craft-focused liquor stores.
From Barrie Ontario’s Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery comes their “The Chocolate Manifesto Triple Chocolate Milk Stout” the newest specialty brew. This chocolate milk I mean beer pours a black opaque colour with a milk chocolate coloured head. The aroma consists of milk chocolate, cream, roasty malts and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, cream, milk chocolate, fudge, espresso, dark chocolate and some bitterness to finish. This is more chocolate milk than chocolate stout and I loved every drop of it! The alcohol content comes in at 10% but does not show up much in the flavour. Pick up a bottle as soon as you can if you can find it as it is amazing! Especially as this beer does not ship out West!
Commercial Description: Triple Chocolate Milk Stout is a luscious treat for beer geeks ready for a euphoric detour from the mundane. We brewed the manifesto to become the reference for people who think the sweet milk stout a beautiful thing. For those seeking decadence and transcendence. For all those odd ducks who like weird beers. We pilgrimaged to ChocoSol in Toronto revering the ancient beauty of their artisan chocolate. ChocoSol are kindred spirits – sweeter and more evolved than us, but kindred nonetheless. ChocoSol challenges normal, pulls it apart, and brews it into something new. Passion is such an important ingredient in craft beer, we should include it on the label. Don’t mindlessly praise craft beer. Challenge brewers to innovate.
3 kinds of chocolate
1 – Forest garden, shade – grown Cacao Nibs
2 – Roasted whole cacao powder
3 – Chocolate malt
Water, barley, oats, lactose, cacao nibs, cacao powder, hops, yeast.
Once again it is time for my O’hare’s Beer club box to be reveled. This months box was release just a bit early on Saturday August 3rd just in time for the Long Weekend in BC .
Drum Roll Please!
Beer Included is as follows:
American Brewing – Flying Monkey
Brasserie De La Senne – Zinne Bir
Moa – Blanc Evolution
Driftwood Brewing – Naughty Hildegard
Gigantic Brewing – Dark Meddle
Brasserie Du Bocq – Blanche De Namur
Central City Brewing/Flying Monkeys – Red on Red Collaboration Ale
8 Wired Brewing – Rewired Brown Ale
Occidental Brewing – Kolsch
Hillard’s – Saison
Reviews will come as I enjoy the Beer. Once again O’hare’s has outdone themselves! Thanks O’hare’s!!!
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From Barrie Ontario’s Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery comes their “BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout” a collaboration with the Canadian band Barenaked Ladies. This is beer 1 in the Treble Clef Series by Flying Monkeys. This stout pours an opaque black colour with a chocolate brown head. The aroma consists heavily of chocolate and roasted malts. The flavour is full of milk chocolate with roasted malts, sweetness, cream, mild bitterness and some mild alcohol. The alcohol content of the beer comes in at 10%. This is an amazing chocolate stout and well worth the collaboration with Barenaked Ladies.
Commercial Description: If I had 2 million Ecuadorian Cocoa Nibs… I would brew you an Imperial Chocolate Stout. Brewing with BNL demanded a rare treat – organic Ecuadorian Cocoa Nibs – to create a rich, friendly Imperial Chocolate Stout as sweet and quirky as the band’s music. We lovingly agreed aged this beer on a bed of luscious raw cocoa nibs creating a black velvety brew so fudge-y it makes you want to lick the inside of your glass. Opaque as chocolate cake, this roasty brew pours topped with a whipped mocha froth. The creamy dark cocoa flavors gently warm with a steady 10% ABV. No bitterness to this stout, just a chocolate boldness the, like a happy memory or a perfect song, keeps on giving. And like great music, this bottle is meant to be shared with special friends and family.