Big Rock Traditional Ale

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It’s Easter Sunday today, and the Canucks are preparing to play Game 6 in Chicago after blowing a 3-0 series lead.

Well, here’s to wishful thinking.  After watching Roberto Luongo have epic BlackHawk melt-downs for, let’s see, the second time of this playoffs, (third this season), in addition to another five or so melt-downs in previous playoffs, I am very skeptical that he will fare well in Game 6 today. I think they should have played Schneider in Game 5, no pressure, and if that didn’t work, let Lou play it out, but now?  With Lou starting, let’s now hope Lou becomes a human wall.

In order to dull my senses before watching Coach V and Lou lead my team to potential slaughter once more, I am having a Big Rock Traditional Ale.

The head was much better than the photo lets on, but it does fade quite quickly into a shallow white slick.   The aroma is mild with just a hint of sweetness.  The taste is full, and makes me want to eat a steak at Hy’s, or at least chomp into a burger.  It has a nice rich filling taste.  There is a mild caramel taste, and a slight aftertaste that is just a little nutty, not particularly pleasant if you are on an empty stomach like I am right now.


Tin Whistle Brewing Black Widow Mild Ale

It’s been a long day today!  In an effort to go paperless in my office we are implementing new software, but for the time being it means doing all the work twice while we learn the new system.   Silly computers eh?  FYI, this is a completely paperless website!!!

After arriving home at 8pm, i was having an Okanagan Spring Hopped Lager when the doorbell rang, and our carpenter Yong came to the door and dropped off some salmon that he caught in the Fraser River and had smoked.  I am enjoying this tall boy with some of this smoked salmon… An while I make dinner.

This ale is black with a medium amount of fizz.  The aroma is mild and bitter: chocolate, vanilla and slightly floral.

The taste is very well balanced.  It is mild enough to sink it with confidence, but has enough flavor to make beer lovers happy.

This is very similar to some of the other dark beers I have tried recently, and it will be interesting to taste them all one day to compare.

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Phillips Skookum Cascadian Brown Ale

From Victoria BC, Phillips brewing calls this the unofficial fuel of the cascadian revolution, big bold hop characteristics with a smooth rich maltiness.

This beer is another guilty pleasure. First of all it is big at 650 mls and 6.5%.

The head was good and the colour dark. The aroma is mildly bitter, and fresh.

The taste is smooth, but rich and caramelly, with just a slight bitterness. There is no problem finishing this bottle.

There is a slight aftertaste, which is very clean considering how flavorful the beer is.

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