The story behind how this beer ended up in my fridge is a very long one…when told by my dad. The Coles (or Cliffs if you’re south of the border) notes are this:
They were in the east coast on vacation, this you know already from Raquette River Smoked Red. When they stopped by a NSLC (their LCBO) they talked to the “beer guy” who told them that the best beer around where they were wasn’t in the store, you had to go to the brewery. They got quick directions and off they went.
They had to take back roads and ended up on a logging road through the back country. They passed a boat on the side of the road, turned left, went past a rig drilling a well, and came upon a small shack with the word “Brewery” on it. They had made it.
All of that took about 20 minutes to listen to!
This beer poured out a purplely brown colour and smelled a little malty and a little like chocolate. There was a very little head on it, which is expected of an English ale. It tasted very smooth and slightly sweet at first. After about 5 sips or so, it took on a whisky flavour, but only on the booty.
It was very interesting and pretty damn good.
If you ever find yourself in Nova Scotia, look for a land-locked boat, turn left past the drilling rig and grab yourself some.
Country of Origin: Canada
Alcohol Content: 5.1%
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle