Hogan’s Goat: Billy the Kid

This spiced bock from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario is a clear ruby tinted orange colour and pours with a spongy off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a stringy collar and a few spots of lace in its wake. Hogan’s Goat is ripe with earthy, herbal and outdoorsy aromas like juniper, mint and pine oil standing out against a sweet malt backdrop with a hint of wood.

Hogan's Goat
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Herbal flavours of peppermint, orange peel and juniper berry also permeate the taste of Hogan’s Goat. The addition of rye malt contributes to a decidedly dry experience, with toasted grain, red berry juice and a sharp hickory-like note rounding things out in the finish. This lager has a medium body and light carbonation, as well as a pronounced oiliness that lingers in the aftertaste with a blend of herbal tones that bring dry gin to mind.

Dunkel Buck: You Should See the Toast

Dunkel Buck from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario pours a hazy nut brown colour with a rusty orange tone around the edges. A very frothy, tan-coloured head takes a while to burn off, leaving minimal lacing behind and a nice, thick collar and film.

This dark, strong and unfiltered German ale has strong fruit tones in its smell. Banana and bubble gum notes are joined by a plum or cherry-like smell and a hint of cloves. A honey-like sweetness and alcohol come though after warming.

Dunkel Buck
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The taste of Dunkel Buck follow suit with a slightly sweet, fatty banana flavour taking the lead. The beer is backed by a toasted wheat taste and a cocoa or roasted baker’s chocolate tone that fills out the body and lends a nice bitterness to the finish. The mouthfeel is quite creamy thanks to the long-lasting collar and sediment, while managing to not come off as too thick.

There is a low carbonation but a mild prickly sensation occurs on the tongue. The aftertaste is dry and tart, with a peppery note and the warming effects of the alcohol coming through on the back of the tongue and throat.

Trafalgar Maple Bock: Tapping the Ontario Spring

This flavoured strong beer from Trafalgar Ales and Meads in Oakville, Ontario pours a cola brown and ruby colour with very little head or lacing, but leaves a long-lasting, hair thin ring. Trafalgar Maple Bock smells of sweet chocolate malt, table syrup and has a subtly spicy hop note after warming.

Trafalgar Maple Bock
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Trafalgar Maple Bock does indeed taste like maple syrup, with a hearty wood smokiness and a deep , chocolaty malt backing. The mouthfeel is thin for a bock, but very smooth-drinking. The beer masks its strength well and has a dark fruit character in the finish.