Tree Brewing Company Limited Edition Raspberry Porter

Tree brewing has given us some very good beers, including last year’s LagerBlogger award winning Cutthroat Pale Ale.

My absolute hatred for flavoured beers is being tested again with this nice limited edition porter.

There is a feeling you get when you open a big beer. It feels somehow more special knowing you get twice as much beer in your bottle.

This porter looks rich and dark, and has a smooth and moderately intense taste of chocolate and raspberry.

If you have ever snuck a chocolate from your wife’s box of chocolates… You know the kind with the fruity stuff in it… It’s a little like that. Only it’s beer.

The taste is mild enough in intensity (4/5) to not be overwhelming, which would appeal to more people, and the beer actually tastes really good.

[xrr rating=3.75/5]

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.

[xrr rating=4.75/5]

Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter

Phillips beers seldom disappoint. I received complements for my selection of this tall bottle from the cashier at the Port Moody Liquor Store. Although she pronounced the name wrong, she was very correct in her recommendation of this London style porter. As is quoted in the side of the bottle, “this porter is charged with a distinct chocolatey finish.”

My avoision (yes, avoision) of flavoured beers in the past is well documented, but this chocolatey porter tastes smooth, fresh and natural. The head is healthy with a caramel tint, and a moderately intense vanilla-bean aroma, and the finish is chocolatey, like those expensive Lindt chocolate bars you find at the grocery check-out. The taste of slightly bitter dark chocolate envelopes your mouth enough that you almost expect to be chewing.

When I opened this bottle, I intended to share it with my wife. Instead, I sit in front of my mac hoping to polish it off on my own.


[xrr rating=4.7/5]