Beer Subscription Boxes Part 1: OTR Bartending Services

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This is the first part of a series dedicated to exploring the newly popular option of Craft Beer Subscriptions – boxes delivered to your door, usually monthly, filled with craft beer.  The idea behind these are usually twofold: exclusivity (usually beer that one cannot find in the LCBO or TBS), efficiency (breweries from around Ontario or even Canada that one cannot access reasonably), as well as limited-time offerings catered to each month or user.

Reddit is a funny place.

If you have never been to the  r/TorontoCraftBeer sub-reddit, it’s a place where a very small number of Toronto beer nerds hang out and ardently discuss articles, breweries, and events in Ontario.  This was where Adam Kurello and Chris Tarsitano pitched their idea as an expansion to their existing service, On The Rocks Bartending Services; a craft beer-of-the-month club.

In some discussion with OTR, their offerings were originally not exclusive or efficient, and placed the link to the subscription site online for feedback from Toronto’s most savvy beer people, where it was promptly given (probably too much) constructive feedback.  Heading back to the drawing board, OTR sent me a their May Craft Beer of the Month club box for delicious evaluation, and I thought it’d be a great time to kick off a new multi-part series to educate beer drinkers and decipher which of the many beer subscription services in Ontario make their beer tastes and wallets happiest.

The Box

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OTR’s site about the club, while still under construction, is all about letting you know what you’ll get.  I found this system to be the opposite of some other subscription services, where the box remains a mystery until you get it at your door.  While there are benefits to both, I think there’s something positive to be said for the amount of planning ahead it takes to line up this type of brewery-tripping to get beer you can’t get at your LCBO.

OTR says that in each monthly box, you’ll receive two bottles or tall cans from 4 breweries (totaling 8), one each in the four compass directions of Ontario – In the case of the box I got, Stonehammer from Guelph, Brock Street from Whitby, Brimstone from Ridgeway, and Highlander from just north of Huntsville.  You also receive 6 bottles or cans of their Craft Beer of the Month, which is selected by the team at OTR, for your enjoyment, which in this case, was Barnstormer’s Billy Bishop Brown (which, at the time, was not yet in Beer Store locations, I am told).

As one can see from the image, I was not disappointed in the selection – the beers received were unique and not regularly available to me, a great selection of styles, and held up to the promise of the amount of beer I would be getting for what I would pay if i subscribed.  On to the stats:

Cost/Commitment: $49 a month, tax and hand delivery included.  3, 6, 9 or 12 month memberships.  No cancellation fees.

Predicted Value: about $40 for this particular box

Exclusivity: Save for the Barnstormer beer of the month, I would not normally make my way to these breweries from where I am located.  This will evidently vary geographically (for example, Brock St. in Whitby is a 10 minute drive away for me, and I’m sure there will be a point where a person receives cans from the brewery next door, but that’s just the way these things work), but for the cost and predicted value, you are paying so little of a premium that it’s not worth the complaint.  And, of course, these beers are not widely distributed, so you’re likely going to be trying a great majority of new stuff, which is the point, no?

Efficiency:  In a world where there’s tons of terrible craft beer that is often priced at the same as the excellent stuff, boxes like OTR’s give you the chance to try new things from places you may have never been or ever seen.  I find OTR’s box to be of excellent value for a dollar as far as exploration goes; the fun of peeking into your freshly-delivered beer box once a month is something that I really get a kick out of.

Interested in subscribing?  The folks at OTR have let us know that you can get 5% off by using “BottomlessPint” as a promo code here: Sign Up

Stay on the lookout for the next parts of our ongoing Beer Subscription Box series!

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Black Cab Stout (Fuller’s Brewery)

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Origin: Chiswick, London, England

Beer Style: Stout

Alc./Vol.: 4.5%

IBU: 40

Malts: Ale Malt, Imperial Malt, Crystal Malt, Chocolate Malt, Golden Malted Oats

Hops: English Fuggles, Goldings

Suggested Glassware: Snifter, Nordic

Suggested Serving Temperature: 5-8° celsius

Availability: Year Round

Where to buy: Only on draft in select Bars and Restaurants

This review is for another beer from Fuller’s Brewery in London, England. Black Cab Stout is named in honour of the iconic London Taxi. This stout was meant to bring you back to the days when porters and stouts were the drink of choice of London beer drinkers. Brewed with the knowledge of London’s oldest family brewer, this stout was on a journey to make that the case again.

The Black Cab Stout was true to it’s name, pouring a very dark, rich black. As the beer poured in my snifter glass, I instantly noticed a beautiful cascading, that settled in a medium bodied tan head. I did not notice any visible settlement, and could not tell the clarity of the beer due to the true black colour. The aroma was fantastic. Right off the bat, I could smell the roasted characters of the beer. That wasn’t the only notes I could smell. I noticed the bitter dark chocolate, which really mellowed out the roasted characters of the beer. The aromas were very well balanced and honestly had me excited to take my first sip.

The first sip definitely was just how the beer smelled, roasty.  Just like Fuller’s describes the beer, “When you’re making a stout as rich and complex as Black Cab, you don’t skimp on the malts. Our brewers use five different types, some of which are heavily roasted to give the beer its distinctive dark appearance.” But with all that malt, the dark chocolate could really be noticed. It was a perfect balance in my opinion. The two very different characteristics really played well off each other. Those weren’t the only two things that stood out to me. I noticed a light coffee note to the beer in the mouthful. It really coated my tongue and went perfect with the dark chocolate and roasted malts. In the tail end of the beer, I had a slight bitterness sit on the roof of my mouth. All those notes blended very well together, and played into each other with a very smooth transition.

This is definitely a stout that I could see myself drinking during the winter months of the year. Currently, it is only on draught in a select few bars and restaurants, but if you see this beer on tap, give it a try because you wont be disappointed. It is a light stout at 4.5% but very full bodied and full of flavour. I would also like to thank Premier Brands Ltd. for providing me with this bottle to sample.

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Cheers!

Limited Edition Imperial Stout (Fuller’s Brewery)

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Origin: Chiswick, London, England

Beer Style: Imperial Stout

Alc./Vol.: 10.7%

IBU: 150

Malts: N/A

Hops: Sovereign, Centennial

Suggested Glassware: Snifter

Suggested Serving Temperature: 5-8° celsius

Availability: Year Round

Where to buy: Select LCBO locations

This review is for a very special beer from Fuller’s Brewery in London, England. I was lucky enough to be given a bottle of their Limited Edition Imperial Stout.  As Fuller’s described “This limited edition brew is a unique collaboration between brewery and beer writer. Melissa Cole brought her vast experience to the tasting table and helped us deliver a stout worth writing home about.” This Imperial Stout sits at a whopping 10.7% and as the box says, can be cellared for 9 years. This beer was bottle conditioned in a 500ml bottle, placed in a well designed yet classic box.

This Imperial Stout was very unique. The beer poured a rich black, with a thick tan head which faded rather quickly as the beer sat. Being that the stout was bottle conditioned, there was a little bit of settlement in the glass. Like a lot of stouts I drink, I allowed the beer to warm to slightly below room temperature, which I find really helped the beer to open up and experience the full flavours and aromas. This beer has a wide range of of aromaticDSC02827 notes to it. I first noticed a sharp alcohol smell to the beer, which didn’t last long. After that first smell, the true character of the beer really started to show. I experienced a hint of roasted dark chocolate, with light notes of dried fruit. The aromas didn’t stop there, at the end of noted a slight floral smell, but was very subtle.

From the smell and appearance of the beer, you would expect a very strong and over powering beer, but this was the complete opposite. This Imperial Stout actually had a very nice balance of bitter and sweet, with a hint of floral notes.   At my first sip,  I instantly noticed bitter dark chocolate, which had a very creamy character to it. Now, I don’t know if it was just me, but I did notice a slight smoke or tobacco taste. That could have been from the roasted notes of the beer, but I definitely could taste some smokiness to the beer. The finish of the beer was very nice. The beer had a nice floral finish to it, that took away all the bitterness of the dark chocolate. According to Fuller’s, they use dried rose buds which gave a hint of Turkish delight. Personally, I didn’t notice the Turkish delight but like I said, I did notice the floral notes.

I was extremely impressed with this stout. At this time of year, stouts are definitely one of my go to beer styles and this would be one I would be drinking on a cold winter’s night. This beer was very warming and for a 10.7% stout was very easy drinking. Mind you, I could only drink one of these a night, but it would be worth it.  I personally think that this beer would be better with a little age on it, but if you can get your hands on a bottle grab one and give it a try. I plan to cellar a couple of these for a few years and review them again once they have some age on them.

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Cheers!

Happy Pilsner (Beau’s Brewery)

Origin: Vankleek, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Bohemian Pilsner

Alc./Vol.: 5.3%

IBU: 30

Malts: Pilsner, Carafoam, Acidulated (All Organic)

Hops: Organic Hersbrucker

Suggested Glassware: Pilsner Glass

Suggested Serving Temperature: 5-8° celsius

Availability: Seasonal (Oktoberfest)

Where to buy: Beau’s brewery or select LCBO locations

This review is of Happy Pilsner, which is my second beer from the Beau’s Oktoberfest pack. Like the name says, Happy Pilsner is a pilsner, no brainer right? Beaus’s first brewed this traditional lager for their 2010 Oktoberfest party, so 4 years later they were very happy for this beer to return.  My love for pilsners had me excited to try this beer and compare it to some of my other favourites.

Happy Pilsner (I’m just going to call the beer “happy” so I’m not saying pilsner so much) came in the Beau’s traditional 600ml bottle with beautiful label art. The beer poured a hazy pale blonde colour with a thick, pure white head. Once the beer was in my glass, I instantly noticed very floral/herbal notes. It was almost like I was smelling a freshly steeped camomile tea. “Happy” had a bouquet of aromas coming from it. Not only did I smell the floral/herbal notes, I also noticed notes of lemon and grassy aromas which finished off with sweet honey. In all, it was a great smelling beer that had a great freshness to it.

My first sip did not disappoint…. you could say I was pretty happy. Right away I tasted the herbal notes that I noticed in the smell. It honestly tasted like I was drinking a cold camomile tea. That quietly changed into a slightly more bitter, yet citrus palette. The beer was not overly bitter and was not an over powering citrus flavour, but yet it was well balanced with the herbal notes and the bittering effects. I noticed that the mouthful of the beer did leave a dry, almost champagne effect on my cheeks. “Happy” has great lacing down the glass, and retained a thin, white head, right down to the last drop.

My overall impression of this beer was very happy. As I said before, being a pilsner fan, I was very excited to try this beer and I was not disappointed at all. I would definitely recommend this not only to people that like pilsners, but to anyone because the beer was very enjoyable and easy drinking. So, if you can still get your hands on the Oktoberfest Mix Pack at your local LCBO or you’re lucky enough to get to the brewery, do it! You won’t be disappointed.

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Cheers!

Old North (Lake of Bays Brewing)

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Origin: Baysville (Muskoka), Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Porter

Alc./Vol.: 8%

Suggested Glassware: English Pint/Shaker

Suggested Serving Temperature: Leave it in the snow outside your house for half an hour before consuming

Availability: Seasonal (Late Fall/Winter)

Where to buy:  Lake of Bays brewery or select LCBO locations

Evenin’, all. Mike here; I’m @beermostly on Twitter and Instagram – Matt has been kind enough to extend his hand to a fellow beer lover and begin what I’m sure will be a fantastic partnership here at The Bottomless Pint with guest reviews. Let’s dive in.

Ah, stout and porter season. Warm your soul with beers to intimidate your significantly less-snobby friends!

Old North Mocha Porter holds a special place in my heart. At its launch, I got very excited at the idea that coffee, one of my favourite drinks, could be woven into my other favourite drink… beer. It also holds this special place because on Christmas morning 2012, I realized I hadn’t refrigerated my beer selection for that day. In a panic, I stuck the tall bottle in a snowbank on my back deck for about half an hour, and during gift opening time (among many a chocolate covered almond and stolen pieces of peameal bacon from Mom’s frying pan) I cracked the bottle and poured (what would that day be) my morning coffee.

Sentiments aside, this is a beautiful beer to look at. The 750mL bottle is perfect for sharing. Into a wide mouth glass pours a light brown head on an opaque dark chocolate brown body whose carbonation is mid-range, with a lingering foam and a floating, delicate lace on the glass and the top of the beer all the way down. The 2014 version is 8% – one higher than last year’s.

At first sniff, you get a scent not unlike the one you get when you empty your used grounds from your coffee machine – a wet, roasty smell that, for the inexperienced nose, would intimidate. Drinking a first sip, you are greeted with a velvety, deep malt and chocolate flavour that can only be described as “more-ish” – very, very pleasant and incredibly medium bodied beer with bubbles that make you lick your lips.

Through the glass, the coffee flavours shone through. Sourced from Diesel House Coffee Roasters, the flavours extend a warming bitterness that makes drinking this at 9AM on Christmas Day absolutely acceptable. With minimal alcohol taste (but lots of punch after an entire bottle), the beer finishes with an espresso flavour and warm, tasty, rich body that becomes better as you drink it. An absolute treat!

10629696_10152292408845904_6492939900423753687_nMike Burton is an advertising student, lover of Toronto, and a Cicerone Certified Beer Server. He asked us to tell you that. In the grand scheme of things, this means nothing, but feel free to follow his entertaining Twitter and Instagram feeds @beermostly.

Dial “Z” for Zwickel (Beau’s Brewery)

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Origin: Vankleek, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Zwickelbier

Alc./Vol.: 5.7%

IBU: 27

Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Acidulated, Carafoam, Caraaroma (All Organic)

Hops: Strisselspalt, Triskel (All Organic)

Suggested Glassware: Mug or Stein

Suggested Serving Temperature: 7-10° celsius

Availability: Seasonal (Oktoberfest)

Where to buy: Beau’s brewery or select LCBO locations

This review features a beer from the Beau’s Oktoberfest mix pack. It will be one of four reviews I will be posting, as I drink my way through the pack.  Dial “Z” for Zwickel is a zwickelbier style beer which is,  as the Beau’s website states, “Closely related to kellerbier, zwickelbier literally means beer sampled directly from the maturation vessel in the beer cellar. This German-origin beer takes on the character of the base style: in the case of Dial ‘Z’, an amber lager.”

Dial “Z” poured a a dark copper colour with a hazy clarity to it. The beer had no visible settlement at the bottom of the glass or during the pour. Once poured into the glass, I instantly noticed the freshness of this beer. Right off the bat, I could smell lemon grass notes with a sweet smell of bread/yeast. I also noticed light hints of caramel aromas. The beer poured with a very think head in my stein, which faded out to a thin off white colour. The head left little lacing on the glass as I drank the beer.IMG_6981

At first taste, I experienced fresh lemon grass and citrus notes. There was not a lot of bitterness to Dial “Z”, but had more  sweet bread and yeast notes. The beer was a medium body, with a light creaminess to it. The beers carbonation really brought out the freshness of the beer, and helped bring out all the flavours. Dial had a dry finish to it but the dryness did not take away from how fresh this beer really was.

My overall impression of this beer was amazing. It was something I really enjoyed and never experienced before. The freshness of the beer really blew me away. It was easy drinking and definitely a beer I wish I could get my hands on year round. So, if you can find the Oktoberfest Mix Pack at your local LCBO or your lucky enough to get to the brewery, be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself.

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Cheers!

Calabaza (Northumberland Hills Brewery

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Origin: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alc./Vol.: 5.0%

IBU: NA

Malts: NA

Hops: NA

Suggested Glassware: Tulip, Goblet, or Snifter

Suggested Serving Temperature: 3-5° Celsius

Availability: Seasonal (Fall)

Where to buy: Northumberland Hills Brewery, Cobourg Ontario

This review features my last pumpkin beer of the season from Northumberland Hills Brewery, which is located at 1024 Division St in Cobourg, Ontario. This is my first beer review from NHB, but it sure won’t be my last. If you are in the Cobourg area and haven’t been to the brewery yet be sure to go by or check out my brewery tour post at http://wp.me/p4Nse2-5r. Like I stated before, Calabaza is a pumpkin ale just like the name states, but like all the pumpkin ales out there this one is slightly different in taste and balance.

Calabaza poured a pale orange colour with a slightly murky look to it. The beer had no visible settlement at the bottom of the glass or during the pour. Once poured into the glass, I instantly noticed a sweet pumpkin smell that filled my nose. As the beer sat, I started to smell hints of nutmeg and clove with a slight hint of toffee. The beer displayed little to no head when settled, that also resulted in no lacing on my glass.
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At first taste, I experienced sweet pumpkin. It was not overly sweet, but had the characteristics of fresh pumpkin. The pumpkin notes had a slighlty earthy flavour to it, which helped to balance out the sweetness. As I enjoyed the beer it slowly started to transition from sweet to notes of spice. I picked up hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Calabaza is a light to medium bodied beer, that contains tiny micro bubbles which covered my tongue. There was a slight creaminess to the beer, but it was more dry than creamy. The beer finished with a mouth drying  taste of clove and citrus, which left my taste buds wanting another sip.

My overall impression of this beer was excellent. It was a very balanced and easy drinking beer. I do wish there was more creaminess to the beer and that it had a little bit more spice to it. Calabaza hit all the right notes to a pumpkin beer and was the perfect beer to drink with a sweet dessert or as an after dinner beer.

I give this beer an overall score of 40/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on Twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and let me know what you think.

Cheers!

Jumpin Jack (Tree Brewing Co.)

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Origin: Kelowna, B.C, Canada

Beer Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alc./Vol.: 6.5%

IBU: 65

Malts: Pale, Chocolate, Crystal, Light Munich, Dark Munich

Hops: Perle, Golding, Tettnang

Suggested Glassware: Pokal

Suggested Serving Temperature: 3-5° Celsius

Availability: Seasonal (Fall)

Where to buy: LCBO and Tree Brewing Co.

This weeks beer review features a beer from Tree Brewing Co. in Kelowna, B.C. This is my second beer from this BC brewery. This time I will be reviewing Jumpin Jack, which is a India Pumpkin Ale. Jumpin Jack is a seasonal limited edition beer. Like the brewery states on their website,  “a brew that brings together the classic flavours of a full bodied India Pale Ale and our Pumpkin Ale resulted in our newest IPA – Jumpin Jack ‘India Pumpkin Ale’.” This was a very unique combination of two, in my opinion, very different styles of beer.

The beer came in a 650ml bottle that I bought from my local LCBO, but like I stated above, is also available at the brewery. When I poured the beer into my branded glass, I noticed a dark copper colour with shades of ruby red. The beer was not very translucent, which to me had a cloudy appearance to it. The head of the beer was thick and full, which slowly settled to a thin head that left great lacing all the way down the glass.

Since Jumpin Jack is a combination of an IPA and Pumpkin ale, the aroma was very unique. At first, I could smell the pumpkin characteristic of the beer. I could instantly smell nutmeg and spice. The pumpkin notes were light on my nose and not very strong. The more powering aromas came from the IPA part of the beer. I could easily notice notes of citrus and lemon, which gave the beer an almost bitter smell to it.DSC02813

At first taste, you notice the full body flavours of this beer. The pumpkin notes stand out first. It is a real pumpkin taste, which is not overly sweet. The spice balance is perfect. It has hints of nutmeg and allspice with faint notes of cinnamon. The pumpkin slowly faded into the bitter portion of the beer.  I could taste bitter citrus and lemon. There was a light hint of grapefruit which gave it a very dry finish. The bitter was a great contrast to the lightly sweet pumpkin that the beer started out with. This was a very full bodied beer that was lightly carbonated. 

My overall impression of this beer is that it is a good balance of  different styles of beer. Jumpin Jack hit many areas of my taste palate, which made it very enjoyable. To me, this stood out from a lot of the pumpkin beers I have had this year due to the balance of sweet and bitter tastes. This is definitely a beer that I would recommend to any IPA and Pumpkin ale fan.

I give this beer an overall score of 39/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself.  Shoot me a message or follow me on twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and tell me what you think.

Cheers!

Peculiar Pumpkin (William Street Beer Co.)

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Origin: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alc./Vol.: 7.0%

IBU: 19.5

Malts: Pale Malt, Munich Caramel and Biscuit

Hops: Cascade, Czech Golding

Suggested Glassware: Tulip, Goblet, or Snifter

Suggested Serving Temperature: 10° Celsius

Availability: William Street Beer Co., Cobourg Ontario

This review features a beer from William Street Beer Co. , which is located at 412 William St in Cobourg, Ontario. On my recent trip to the brewery, I was lucky enough to go on a day in which they were releasing their pumpkin beer Peculiar Pumpkin. The beer is a strong, English style spiced ale, which Sean the brewmaster describes as a traditional pumpkin pie in a glass. The bottle displays well designed art, similar to all the other beer the brewery produces. Peculiar Pumpkin came in a 650ml bomber style bottle, which I poured into my William Street branded glass.

When poured in a glass, the rich dark copper colour of the beer appeared. The beer had a beautiful cloudy appearance to it which at first look gave the beer an appearance of warmth. Peculiar Pumpkin had a bold, rich pumpkin note to it. As the beer warmed up, I noticed the spices the beer offered. As I lifted the beer to my nose, I could smell notes of nutmeg and clover, with a hint of allspice. The beer did not have a powerful aroma to it, but it was the right mixture of sweet and spiced.DSC02806

At first taste, I experienced rich pumpkin that had a sweet texture and flavour to it. The pumpkin was not overly sweet, like many pumpkin beers out there, but was a rich creamy taste with a hint of caramel. As the beer settled, it slowly faded from sweet, to a nutmeg and spiced finish. It was a great transition from the sweet to the spiced finish, which was very balanced. The mouthful of this English style pumpkin ale was pleasant. I experienced a medium body, creamy beer that was lightly carbonated. Though the beer is a 7.0%, and marked as a strong ale, it was very easy drinking. As the beer warmed up, I noticed more and more spice which just added to the overall taste of the beer.

My overall impression of this beer was amazing! Sean wanted to achieved the traditional pumpkin pie in a glass, and I have to say he hit his target. The beer was a great entry into the pumpkin ale market. It was very balanced and enjoyable. For me, the beer would be a perfect with desert, and of course a slice of pumpkin pie. I definitely recommend this beer, and I suggest drinking it at a slightly below room temperature to truly enjoy the beer.

I give this beer an overall score of 44/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on Twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and let me know what you think.

Cheers!

Witchy Woman (Old Flame Brewing Co.)

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Orgin: Port Perry, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alc./Vol.: 5.3%

IBU: 20

Malts: Pilsner, Crystal

Hops: Magnum for Bittering

Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass, Shaker, Tumbler

Suggested Serving Temperature: 10° Celsius

Availability: Old Flame Brewery, Port Perry

This review features a beer from one of my favourite breweries, Old Flame Brewing Co. in Port Perry, Ontario Canada. Old Flame is located at 135 Perry Street. If you have never been to the brewery it is definitely a must visit, if you cant make it out to the brewery check out my preview on the brewery before they opened in the brewery tours section of the site. Witchy Woman is Old Flames entry into the pumpkin beer market, and for their first entry it is definitely a must if you enjoy pumpkin beers.

Like all of Old Flames beers, Witchy Woman came in their 750 ml mini jug. It is a great bottle for sharing during parties or a night with friends. I chose to use my Old Flame glass for the review, which is a Pokal style glass. It helped the beer open up and I was able to enjoy all the aromas the beer has to offer.

When poured in a glass, Witchy Woman was a great copper to dark orange colour. The beer was very clear with no settlement in the glass. The head of this beer was light white head. It retained this whole way down the glass. which made for great lacing on the glass. The aroma of the beer was sweet fresh pumpkin, with soft notes of caramel and spice. I also noticed light bitter notes at the end of the sweet and spice smells. DSC02798

At first taste, you will really taste the fresh pumpkins that were used in the beer. The fresh pumpkin is the real notes that stand out the most when enjoying the beer, but it wasn’t the only characteristics I noticed. Once the sweet pumpkin started to fade, I tasted a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg with a very light touch of caramel/toffee. Witchy Woman finishes with dry bitter hops that leaves you wanting another sip. This beer was a nice light to medium body, that while drinking has a very smooth and creamy palette, but not overpowering.

My overall impression of this beer was good. Though I prefer a bolder pumpkin beer, Witchy Woman was brewed for its market customers. It was a very easy drinking, and easily a sessionable beer. It had the right balance of sweet and spice, that left me wanting more in every sip.

I give this beer an overall score of 39/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on Twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and let me know what you think.

Cheers!