This American IPA from Kensington Brewing Company in Toronto, Ontario is a ruby-tinged amber colour with a large tan head that leaves a thick web of lace before settling as a small collar and mossy film. Baldwin FishEYE-PA has a rich smell packed with aromas of berries, tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, notes of caramel and dark grains and a hint of chocolate.
The taste of Baldwin FishEYE-PA is very well-rounded, grainy and decidedly thick with caramel and berry flavours while putting forth a moderate bitterness. This ale is full-bodied, mildly carbonated and very oily feeling. A dry chocolate character in the finish reminds me of a coffee liqueur and dark toffee while the aftertaste takes on a flavour not unlike lemon oil.
Conductor’s Craft Ale from Junction Craft Brewing in Toronto, Ontario is a light amber colour with golden streaks. Its moderate off-white head leaves cascading lace that is met by a small collar that appears to climb your glass. This English and American-influenced pale ale with a German twist has thick toffee, berry and raisin aromas with warm floral and lemon juice accents.
The taste of Conductor’s Craft Ale is anchored by a distinct chocolate flavour, a strong, prune-like fruit tone and a very grainy base. A hint of light red berries and a nectarous floral note lead to an earthy finish with moderate bitterness and a light, lemony citrus flavour that lingers in the aftertaste. This ale has a full body and low carbonation that lead to a mouthfeel that is equal parts creamy, grainy and oily.
This hefeweizen from Denison’s Brewing Company in Toronto, Ontario pours a hazy, slightly rusty yellow colour with a very frothy white head that leaves thick rings of lace and settles as a long-lasting pencil thick cap. Denison’s Weissbier has a classic blend of aromas including lightly toasted wheat, yeast, cloves and bubblegum with accents of lemon peel and clove.
The taste of Denison’s Weissbier is very easygoing. Wheat, banana, yeast and bubblegum flavours lead to a tart, lemony and slightly earthy finish. Though the ale has a thin body and mild carbonation, yeast sparks on the tongue and the mouthfeel is rather creamy. The aftertaste carries a mild yeast flavour.
This seasonal American imperial stout from Amsterdam Brewing Company Limited in Toronto, Ontario is opaque black with a creamy beige head that sticks around as a thick collar and leaves spotty lacing behind. Tempest Imperial Stout has aromas of roasted grains, coffee, chocolate, wood and dark fruit, as well as a peppery bite.
The taste of Tempest Imperial Stout follows suit, with roasted grains in the forefront and accents of dark chocolate coffee. A pronounced fruit flavour has a tart black cherry tone that transitions to a sharply bitter finish. The stout is grainy, earthy and weighs heavily on the tongue. A mild creaminess and oiliness eases the beer down and its hefty ABV is thoroughly masked by the rich flavours, which blend and linger in the aftertaste.
A signature beer of Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario and housed in the first mass-produced nitrogen charged can from a Canadian craft brewery, Cobblestone Stout is black and completely opaque, with a good inch and a half of creamy beige head (after settling a minute or so) that serves as a cap throughout the life of your glass. This English pub-style stout has a thick and dark roasted malt aroma, with a grassy tone and hints of chocolate, musty wood and coffee.
The taste of Cobblestone Stout has a warm smoky and woody character with a rich roasted malt body. Grain and fruit accents brighten the taste a bit before finishing with a solid dryness. The mouthfeel is thick and grainy, with a pronounced creaminess and little carbonation. Dark chocolate, malt and coffee flavours co-mingle in the aftertaste.