Beau’s Wild Oats Series No. 9 – Winterbrewed

This is another beer that had a super cute label. The monster reminded me of the snow monster from “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” but cuter.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Amber/Red Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Winterbrewed is an amber ale is infused with Mexican micro-lot organic fair trade coffee from Bridgehead. Fruity nuances of lime and peach show up alongside a bold roasted coffee presence, which is interwoven with caramel inflections from the malt. History & Style – Winterbrewed Coffee-Amber is a collaborative creation with our friends at Ottawa’s Bridgehead Roastery, celebrating all that brewing great beer and great coffee have in common. Beau’s Winterbrewed was a Bronze-medal winner at the 2013 Canadian Brewing Awards. Tasting Notes – Complimentary coffee and hop aromas reveal fruity nuances of lime and peach alongside a bold roasted coffee presence. Intense earthy, woody coffee flavours are interwoven with roasted caramel inflections from the malts. A balanced hop presence provides pleasant dryness in the finish. Food Pairings – Southwest spice & espresso rubbed short ribs; lime, cumin & chipotle braised chicken; or pancakes with double-smoked bacon”

Random: This comes in at 25 IBUs.

The beer poured with a four and a half finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with hops up front and quickly transitioned into caramel, toffee, nutmeg and cinnamon and some coffee as well. The taste was more of the same. It had a significant sweetness from the toffee and caramel, but quickly went into Winter spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There may even be a bit of clove, as well. The coffee was light, but came through next. The body was on the heavy side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with spice. I paid $9.99 for the bomber, which came to $.45 per ounce. I liked this beer, I just found the sweetness of the caramel at odds with the bitterness of the coffee.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/4.0

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Beau’s Wild Oats Series No. 53 – Golden Vox

This, like yesterday’s beer, was purchased because the label was adorable.

ABV: 6%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Golden Vox is a rye pale lagered ale that was conceived and brewed collaboratively between Beau’s and Canadian hip hop artist k-os. The recipe is a blend of rye and barley malts, with just a kiss of whiskey, courtesy of a light aging on rye-soaked oak spirals. History & Style – Rye pale lagered ale is something of a hybrid creation, blending the noticeable citrusy hop character of an American Pale Ale with the spicy elements of rye malt, and adding in the signature crisp finish of a lagered ale. An aging on rye-whiskey-soaked oak adds subtle complexity to this balanced, approachable pale-golden beer. Tasting Notes -Smooth malty notes are kept in balance by the citrus & slight pine hop character. Peppery undertones derived from the rye malt harmonize with gentle warmth and subtle toastiness from light aging on rye-whiskey-soaked oak.”

Random: This comes in at 46 IBUs.

The beer poured with a loose, fluffy, white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was bright orange and had a lot of visible carbonation. The nose was filled with rye and citrus. There was a touch of vanilla as well. The taste started with the same rye that came through in the nose. It quickly transitioned into orange and lemon hops and then had some white peppercorns as well. I had a hard time finding any whisky, but slight vanilla came through. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The finish was quick with rye and white pepper. I picked this bottle up for $9.99, which came to $.45 per ounce. I liked this beer, I just wish that it had more whiskey.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Beau’s Wild Oats Series No. 1 – Matt’s Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout

This bottle was picked out by Val because the label was adorable. Let’s see how the contents inside were.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Matt’s Sleepy Time is an imperial stout that has been fermented with Belgian Ale yeast, and aged on oak staves. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla are complemented with a blend of German and New Zealand hops, and a true Belgian character in the finish. History & Style – The Imperial Stout style is brewed to weigh-in high on alcohol, with the roasted character typical of a stout. The Beau’s brew team adds a stylistic twist by fermenting Matt’s Sleepy Time with Belgian ale yeast, imparting a noticeable fruitiness and mild banana flavour, as well as hinting at a spicy, peppery character not typical of a stout. Matt’s Sleepy Time became the first-ever Beau’s Wild Oats release in 2010. Tasting Notes – Black in colour, with a medium-full body. Tastes of mocha and dried raisins or figs with mild spicy, peppery notes, and a lingering, warming alcohol finish. Hints of vanilla come courtesy of the rest on oak staves.”

Random: This beer comes in at 38 IBUs.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger, light tan head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was black in color with no visible carbonation. The nose started with dark chocolate, black coffee and some plums. The taste started with the same dark chocolate and black coffee. There were also notes of some Belgian yeast and spice. Some raisins and plums came through as well. The body was on the thick side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with chocolate. I picked the bottle up for $9.99, which came to $.45 per ounce. I thought this beer was alright, I just wanted to see a bit more complexity from it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Beau’s Haters Gonna Hate

I’ve never heard of this brewery, so I was curious to see how it was. Let’s crack it open.

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ABV: 8%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Haters Gonna Hate is an extra-strong interpretation of our flagship beer Lug Tread, which is a Kölsch-style lagered ale. Tropical aromas and a mildly ‘catty’ character are contributed with the addition of some Nelson-Sauvin hops. Haters Gonna Hate is a tribute to the very first batch of Lug Tread, which ended up getting accidentally imperialized – that is, brewed to higher strength and intensity – due to some faulty beer-making equipment. The results were super tasty and ended up winning ‘Best of the Fest’ at the Golden Tap Awards. Ten years later, we’ve recreated this happy accident with Haters Gonna Hate. Haters Gonna Hate is unfiltered, strong, and has a golden orange hue. The aroma suggests funky tropical fruits such as mango or papaya, and is also enhanced with some mildly musky Nelson Sauvin hops. A clean malt presence allows for full display of the hop-driven fruit flavours and balanced moderate-to-high bitterness.”

Random: I never get sick of watching “Top Chef.”

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was very floral and fragrant with some pilsner malt. The taste had a little bit of funk with flower petals and mineral water. It had some tropical fruit as well with mango. The alcohol was well-hidden. It had a moderately thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and floral. A bottle of this was $8.99, which came to $.41 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot and the label being adorable was just a bonus. If you see this on the shelf, I would give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0