New beer time! Big thanks to Jill and David for this wonderful haul!
We'll start things off with Propeller:
Beer: Propeller London Style Porter
Type: English porter
A tall, 650ml bottle, poured into a nonic ale glass. I'm a huge fan of the bigger bottles, not just because there's more beer inside (hooray!), but also because it allows you to pour the beer several times into the glass, giving you a greater range of temperatures to compare from. As long as the alcohol content isn't too high, having more beer means more time to savour the flavour, as it were. Also, there's more beer inside!
Deep, chestnut brown, with a hint of red around the edges. When first taken from the fridge, it didn't leave much head, but later pourings produced more retention and lots of patchy lacing. Another example of a brew that needs a bit of warming up to optimize deliciousness.
The raspberries in Garrison's effort are on the light end of the scale, not the tart juicy variety I was hoping for, but certainly flavorful enough. After a moment, they give way to a lemon, yeasty finish. Medium-bodied and slick, with decent carbonation.
Not bad at all, a tasty raspberry ale that does what it sets out to do. Would be a fine addition to a summer patio lineup. Although there's nothing special here to set it apart from the Ontario equivalents of KLB Raspberry Wheat or Grand River's Raspberry Pils, it's still worth a go. (Grade: B-)
A good little mini-haul! I'm particularly impressed with the good things Propeller is doing; nice to see to see Canadian breweries nailing the classic recipes. Keep your eyes open: every so often Propeller Bitter will make appearances in the LCBO - it's a fine brew if you like English-style ales, and well worth a pick up. Rumor also has it that Garrison might finally be unleashed in Ontario sometime this winter - I will be making nightly sacrifices to Baal to ensure this comes to pass.
Next time you're out East, remember that there is more to the Halifax beer scene than the Alexander Keith's tour, amusing and cheesy though it may be. If you get a chance, give Garrison and Propeller a try for some classic British-style brews!