Scottish Ale – Black Kettle Brewing Company

From Black kettle Brewing Company out of North Vancouver comes their “Scottish Ale”.  The beer pours a deep brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, sweetness and earth.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, earth, sweetness, some toasted malts but overall a mild flavour.  The alcohol content comes in at  5.2% with an IBU of 20.  This is a pretty good representation of a style I find a bit to sweet most of the time.

black kettle scottish ale


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.