Millennium Buzz Beer: You Gotta Simplify Man

This hemp-based beer from the Cool Beer Brewing Company Incorporated in Toronto, Ontario has a very nice, rusty, dark amber color. It pours with a thick, frothy white head that leaves moderate lace and settles as a collar. Millennium Buzz Beer has a very sweet, malty aroma with overripe or rotting fruit tones. It’s very grape-like, almost like a wine and develops a spicy, brown sugar sweetness after warming.

Millennium Buzz Beer
For the Price, You Could Do Much Worse

Millennium Buzz Beer has a real boozy overtone to the taste, like grain alcohol or cheap vodka. This is backed by a smoky oak and sweet malted corn flavour. It’s subdued overall and not very appealing. The mouthfeel is thin and watery with almost no body whatsoever. The beer leaves a yeasty, syrupy feeling on the back of the tongue.

Waterloo Dark: Six Firkins to a Hogshead

This European dark lager pours a deep burgundy-cherry wood colour with a large tan head that reduces to a collar after a few minutes. Waterloo Dark from the Brick Brewery in Waterloo, Ontario has an aroma that is quite sweet. Roasted malt and molasses in body, with a distinct nuttiness to it. The aroma falls a bit flat, but the beer does smell fresh.

Waterloo Dark
Waterloo Dark is an Accessible Dark Lager

The taste of Waterloo Dark is rich and sweet, kind of like a chocolate toffee. There is a bit of tang on the tongue, but do real dryness or bitterness to balance it out. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, even for an Ontario dark beer. There’s a fair amount of carbonation in there and I get a sort of toasted resin aftertaste. Its not bad, but again it falls a bit flat.

Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager: What’s in a Name?

Not to be confused with the imported variety commonly found in six-packs of “stubby” bottles, Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager is made at Moosehead Breweries in Saint John, New Brunswick under license from creators Desnoes and Geddes. The Canadian-brewed version of this popular Caribbean lager provides an aroma of fresh grain  and sweet corn, accented with subtle acidic fruit tones.

Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager
Big Name, Little in the Way of Quality

Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager is a golden wheat beer with rather light carbonation and a frothy white head that dissipates quickly. The lager produces a sweet–but not syrupy–corn-like taste that is balanced somewhat by a crisp and dry hoppy finish with little aftertaste.

Carib Lager: Too Sweet for My Tastes

Carib Lager from the Carib Brewery in Trinidad, West Indies is best enjoyed ice cold on a hot day. This somewhat cloudy golden-coloured beer has a grainy and very sweet aroma and produces a very faint foamy white head.

Carib Lager
This Beer is Sweet. Not in a Good Way.

Carib Lager has a markedly sweet taste, likely from the addition of sugar in the brewing process. It is balanced somewhat by a mild bitterness, but this beer ends up leaving a sticky, syrupy aftertaste. The lager tastes considerably lower in quality than its contemporaries and may not appeal at all to fans of domestic lagers.