This Czech pilsener from Double Trouble Brewing Company in Guelph, Ontario is a bright golden colour with a surprisingly frothy white head that is retained as a thin cap and leaves thick rings of lace on your glass. Prison Break Breakout Pilsner has soapy and floral noble hop aromas, a nectarine-like fruity sweetness and notes of light grains, honey, grape, spice and alcohol.
Prison Break Breakout Pilsner has a somewhat sweet, yet crisp taste packed with floral and grassy hop flavours, accented by a juicy berry tone on top of a delicate but study malt base. The finish of this light-bodied and mildly carbonated pilsener is very dry, with a full, grain-flavoured aftertaste that brings with it a mild oily sensation.
This Russian imperial stout from Wellington County Brewery Incorporated in Guelph, Ontario pours an oil-like, opaque black with a large and frothy, light beige coloured head that burns off quickly, leaving little lace and a thin cap behind. Wellington Imperial Russian Stout has aromas of chocolate syrup, roasted grains, red berries, prunes and coffee.
The taste of Wellington Imperial Russian Stout is deep and rich with roasted grain flavour, accents of dark berries, chocolate and coffee and has a sharp bitterness that lingers throughout the finish. This ale is very full-bodied, grainy and earthy with a subtle tingle on the tongue. The aftertaste is quite dry with notes of prune and pepper.
A rarely-brewed style of American Porter that originated in Pennsylvania in the early 1900s, Kichesippi Logger from Kichesippi Beer Company in Ottawa, Ontario pours a nut brown and ruby colour with a frothy beige head that persists as a thin collar and leaves some heavy lace behind. Kichesippi Logger has a woody and nutty smell, with a solid whiff of lager yeast, dark fruit and cocoa accents and a light toastiness about it.
The taste of Kichesippi Logger really shows its lagered roots with a crisp bite. Ripe fruit, chocolate and wood flavours are present and a fairly strong bitterness is found in the finish. The mouthfeel is typically thin and yeast creates a tangy sensation on the tongue. The aftertaste is mildly syrupy with lingering fruit and chocolate notes.
This English-style brown ale from the Hockley Valley Brewing Company in Orangeville, Ontario pours a dark cherry and brown cola-looking colour with a moderate, frothy tan-coloured head that gets retained as a collar. Hockley Dark smells like bitter dark chocolate, dark toffee and ripened dark fruit like cherries or blackberries. Wood notes as well as a root beer-esque syrup tone come through after warming.
Hockley Dark tastes again like bitter dark chocolate at first. Buttery toffee comes through on the tongue before a solid crispness finishes. The beer is fairly mild overall, it’s rather light on the tongue and leaves a smoky, woody aftertaste. It’s smooth enough, but not something I’d want more than one or two of.
Truly full of character, Hobgoblin from the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, England is a deep, ruby-coloured brew that creates a frothy beige head when poured. It produces a warm, hoppy and fruity aroma with spicy tones and a hint of toffee.
Hobgoblin has a very rich, thick and malty taste, though it still retains a rather light mouthfeel. Chocolate and toffee flavours give way to a nicely bitter finish, with a bright tang in the middle. Despite its complexity, I found Hobgoblin is easy to drink, even the first time I tried it.