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Adrian’s Tastings of the Week {February 11}


Brew Dog Rip Tide -Twisted Merciless Stout

Sweet alcohol and cocoa on the nose. Starts sweet and transforms to a dark chocolate coffee taste. Surge of dark chocolate into the back of your throat and nose from this 8% brew.

Rating: 4.25/5

This is not for all but one to not be passed by for loud beer lovers.

Brew Dog Rip Tide
Phillips Hoperation Tripel Cross

Phillips Brewing Co. Hoperation Tripel Cross IPA

A gorgeous balanced blend of citrus hop and Belgian yeasty spice on the nose. Next you are faced with a malty Belgian spiced taste mixed with copious amounts of aromatic hops. Finish is floral yet bitter that lingers on the top of your tongue.

Rating: 4.5/5

This is a hoppy beer that I don’t find crazy bitter. It does however showcase the hop in an almost raw form. The taste, smell and silky feel of a fresh picked hop is where this brew takes me. Love hops? This is a treat for you!

Howe Sound Brewing – Woolly Bugger Barley Wine

Dried plums and medicinal notes rule the nose. Sweet and malty to start then blends into a tongue tingling bitter sweet cough syrupy finish. At 75 IBU the bitter is very well balanced with the sweet sweet malts that make this 11% monster a win. Like a nice glass of wine.

Rating: 4/5

Howe Sound Brewing Woolly Bugger Barley Wine
Phillips Brewing Company The Hammer

Phillips Brewing Co. – The Hammer Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Alcohol and cocoa sweet nose. Bright, sweet dried fruits linger into a slightly smokey bitter sweet finish.

Rating: 3.75/5

Phillips Brewing Co. – The Hammer Imperial Stout

Coffee and cocoa with a little alcohol on the nose. Creamy, chocolaty smooth dried fruits especially prunes during the stay in your mouth. Finish is a creamy cocoa sweetness.

Rating: 4.25/5

I really enjoyed both of these brews, but my lack of appreciation for the barrel taste affected my rating. I am going to just keep trying barrel aged. I’ll either come around, or learn to really appreciate it. Thanks Phillips another win!

Howe Sound Brewing – Pothole Filler Imperial Stout

Slight malty sweet pruney nose. Smooth, dark roasted malt taste. Almost a coffee mixed with bitter chocolate and prunes. Finish is sweet, bitter and alcoholy. Almost no taste at first then a smack of loud flavours that finishes bitter. I feel like this brew is lacking balance.

Rating: 2.75/5

Howe Sound Pot Hole Filler Imperial Stout
Brasserie d'Achouffe - La Chouffe Ardenne Strong Beer

Brasserie d’Achouffe – La Chouffe Ardenne Strong Beer

Yeasty! Slightly floral sweet nose. Surprisingly refreshing for 8%. Light subtle malt balances almost perfectly with Belgian yeasty and spiciness. Finish is a nice slightly bitter yeasty spicey taste. Goes down easy. This is a new favourite for me.

Rating: 4.5/5

Lighthouse – Belgian Black

Sweet dried fruits on the nose. Smooth almost smokey with cherries and slight spice taste. So much going on though, I am not doing it justice. Nice fruity yeasty finish.

Rating: 4.25/5

Lighthouse Belgian Black


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