New Thing #318: Cr??me Br??l??e Stout

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Every so often I come across something in the LCBO that I had no idea existed. Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout by the Southern Tier Brewing Company is just one of those things.

According to Amelie, breaking the crust of a Crème Brûlée is one of life’s greatest pleasures…and I tend to agree. Breaking open one of these stouts might just be up there as well.

This isn’t so much a beer as it is a dessert. It’s easily just as tasty as any confection and equally as filling. And yes, it does taste as advertised. You still get a distinct stoutness to though, and it isn’t so sickly sweet that you feel as though you’ve drank a pint of carmalezied sugar. It certainly might have a very thick scent of caramel, but it’s nicely balanced when it comes down to the drinking bit.

But, really, one of these and you’re good. Split it with a friend and you’re golden.

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New Thing #290: Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout

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How could I possibly resist a giant 750ml bottle of Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout this Christmas season? With its beautiful bottle and wonderfully illustrated label it just screams winter pick me up. And even though I don’t often go for stouts when I sit down for a pint, this one knocks my socks off.

The chocolate definitely hits you harder than the cranberry, but that’s not a bad thing; it is double after all. If I really poke around I think I can taste the cran, but to be completely honest, I’m not sure. But I don’t care. It’s rich and bursting with flavour, but there’s a lightness and a crispness to it as well. 

And best of all, there’s leftovers. Well, at least there is at the moment.

New Thing #242: Erdinger Dunkel

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Given that I’m one generation removed from Germany it’s no surprise that I adore German beers. And Erdinger is my favorite.

How I had no knowledge of the dark variety’s existence is a mystery.

It’s sweet, a little spicy and extremely smooth. And the bottle and label are just beautiful. Now if I could only find it on tap somewhere in Toronto I’d be set.

New Thing #81: Fr??li Strawberry Beer

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As I said in a previous post, I do enjoy a good fruity beer. Thankfully, unlike my previous post I just had one: Früli strawberry beer from Belgium.

There is no mistaking the fruit stylings of this beer when you crack it open. The smell of fresh strawberries really hits you right away. Combined with the rich amber colour, it makes for a very enticing pour.

And boy does it ever taste like strawberries. It can be a bit overpowering, and I wouldn’t recommend sitting down to drink a pint of it, but a nice 250ml bottle on a patio in the summer would just be amazing.

New Thing #24: Orange Peel Ale

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I like me a good flavoured beer. There, I said it.

This one intrigued me both because of it’s seasonal choice to add orange peels to it and the fact that it’s local. 

Turns out there’s a reason I haven’t heard of Great Lakes Brewery before. It’s just not that great of a beer. 

When I think of a seasonal, flavoured beers I think of stronger flavours than I get here. The McAuslan’s Raspberry Wheat, for instance, isn’t overwhelming in its berry taste but it’s definitely strong enough to notice on each sip. This just sort of sits on your tongue while you try to sort things out.

Plus the bottle’s gigantic. 650ml to be exact. At that size I’ll probably like it a lot more when I’m done than when I began.

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New Thing #14: Ola Dubh

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I don’t have anything more to say that’s not in the video above, except for a big thank you to my wife for giving this to me. My only regret is only having one to enjoy.

[Update] Here’s a link to the fine Ola Dubh.

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New Thing #5: Mill Street Lemon Tea Beer

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I’ve long been a fan of Mill Street brews, wheat beers and tea. So how excited was I when I grabbed a quick pint with my old friend Sasha tonight and saw this beer on the menu? Spoiler: pretty excited.

If the name hadn’t already grabbed me, the description did:

Wheat beer infused with orange pekoe and Earl Grey teas with a subtle lemon twist.

Immediately after taking the first sip I longed for summer to be here. This is my perfect summer beer. Very light with a bit of crispness and a slight kick of tea underneath everything else. I can’t believe I’ve never come across it before. 

I sense a lot more trips to Spirits Bar and Grill for refreshments over the coming months.

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