December Beer Blog

  • Day Nineteen

    Miller Genuine Draft
    Miller Brewing Co | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    America Adjunct Lager | 4.7% ABV

    Pours a clear pale gold with a very small wisp of white head.
    Smells a tad sweet with the scent of cereal grains. Nothing else here.
    MGD's taste is just nothingness. Sweet maltiness, a little bit of spice, and that's it. It all comes without making any sort of splash and leaves exactly the same.
    Really prickly carbonation feel. Otherwise a light body and slick feel.

    Honestly, I like this better than the Coors I had yesterday and I don't know why. I don't think it's any better of a beer but it suits my taste better which is a weird thing to say for such a tasteless beer. There's basically no point to this. It's fizzy, sweet, and hurts my stomach so I won't be drinking it again.


    PS: I promise some better beers are coming up!

  • Day Twenty

    Lions Winter Ale
    Granville Island Brewery | Vancouver, BC
    Winter Ale | 5.5% ABV

    This is a beer I look forward to every year! I've already had quite a few of these this year, but regardless, I'm excited to drink it with a critical lens!

    Pours a dark brown. Nice reds around the edge where the light hits. About two fingers of head off the pour, which completely fades within a minute leaving lots of nice nice lacing. Quite a pretty beer.
    Not the strongest aroma, but what's there is nice. Chocolate in the front backed up with vanilla and spice. Smells festive. Smells like a treat!
    Taking my first taste of Lions and there is quite a bit going on here. The chocolate is obvious and powerful. The vanilla is definitely there but not too strong as I often find it to be in these sorts of beers. There are nice clove and nutmeg notes from the hops and an earthiness which counters the sweet toffee malt flavours. It has all of this hiding behind the chocolate if you look for it, but really just feels like a simple, approachable, and delicious chocolate beer. The finish is very quick with a controlled sweetness remaining.
    There's a surprising amount of carbonation that tickles my tongue as a drink this, but I don't really mind. The body is medium, and besides those prickles it goes down slick. I expect a stout to be

    I have to admit that I'm biased but I love this beer. It is one of my favourites. It manages a solid amount of complexity while remaining very well balanced and universally (in my opinion) enjoyable. It's probably a bit too sweet and a little over carbonated, but most other chocolate flavoured beers I've tried are far too sweet, so I have a hard time complaining. I wouldn't drink a six-pack of this in a night but I'd certainly go back for a second without fearing an upset stomach. I recommend this to everyone regardless of your opinion on stouts. It's simply stellar!


  • Day Twenty-One

    Péché Mortel
    Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! | Montréal, Quebec
    Imperial Coffee Stout | 9.5% ABV

    So full disclosure: this is my beer. I also just finished finals today so this is a very special treat and I'm just generally feeling pretty great. I absolutely adore Péché Mortel and fully intend to gush about it for the duration of this post. With that out of the way, let's go!

    Péché Mortel pours black. The blackest of blacks. Atop it lays a finger-width of caramel coloured head. I have never seen such a dark head on any other beer, nor a darker black. This beer continues to enchant me no matter how many I've had.
    The moment the bottle was opened strong espresso filled the room. As I bring the glass to my nose earthy coffee ground aromas - so thick I feel like I could almost drink them - tickle my nose with their intensity. Sweet caramel malt smells manage to sneak their way through, keeping the aroma balanced. You don't even need to drink this beer, but hell if I could ever resist!
    Where do I even begin with the taste? It's intense! On the tongue is boozy sweetness; caramel, vanilla, and liquor. Meanwhile earthy espresso goodness couple with cloves and light citrus notes coat every other surface of my mouth. The more I think about it the more overwhelming the cacophony of flavours becomes, but it's this dissonance of flavours that makes this beer so captivating! So delicious. The finish is long, intense, and bitter. I can see this turning some of my friends off, but it just draws me in for more.
    This is a pretty full bodied beer, but for the ABV and intensity it isn't as heavy as I'd regularly expect. Regardless, Péché Mortel is creamy and mouth coating, and warms from the throat through the entire body. Just beautiful.

    This beer is incredible. I know I seem biased, but I swear it actually is! It's so tasty, so well crafted, and so intense. I wouldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting but you will most definitely get a tonne of enjoyment out of that one!


  • Day Twenty-Two

    Traditional Ale
    Big Rock Brewery | Calgary, Alberta
    English Brown Ale | 5% ABV

    This is an old standby. Here in the prairies we simply call it Trad. After a couple of really nice treats these last couple days I'm quite happy to have a simple night in with an old favourite!

    Pours a clear reddish brown with just a sliver of head. Small amounts of lacing. Perfectly standard.
    A pretty light smelling beer. There are some bready malt aromas followed by toffee. Slight earthiness. Quite pleasant, if underwhelming.
    Trad is pretty sweet, and of a moderate intensity. Toffee and nuttiness make up the majority of the flavour. This is backed by some nice spicy hop flavour and hints of citrus. It's very tasty, but I feel there could be a little more spice to balance things out.
    It has a medium-light body, enough carbonation to excite, but not distract my tongue, and feels quite slick going down. A little bit of warming in the back of my mouth. Very nice.

    Trad is pretty great. It's my standard for a reason. It's nutty, relatively low carbonation, and light enough that I can drink quite a few at a time. I don't think it's a spectacular beer, but it suites my tastes beautiful. I'll admit it is a little boring, but I think everyone needs a nice boring beer to keep them grounded (and to keep a little bit of money in my wallet). New Castle may get a little more love from me from now on, but Trad will be a part of my life for the foreseeable future!