Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Nov. 24

We regularly post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. Even though Thanksgiving and Halloween are behind us, don’t miss out on the delicious Laurelwood Pumpkin Ale from Portland. This was a one-time buy for us, so once it’s gone, we can’t get more. Also back in from Portland is staff favourite Breakside La Tormenta, a gorgeous dry-hopped sour.

And remember, if you pick up four of any craft beer bombers, you’ll get a free bomber carrier (pictured below). Bring it back and fill it up again,  and you’ll get 5% off that purchase. Keep bringing it back and filling it up and keep saving.


Don’t forget to check the #BeerInTheBack chalk board if you come into the store can’t find something we’ve written about here. It’s probably still in the back, since we always seem to have more beer than we know what to do with and a staff member would be happy to get some for you!

c12 simplicity ale and induction dubbel

Category 12 Simplicity 5.2% 650 ml (Saanich) $7.4
Bright notes of freshly squeezed lemon, orange peel and grapefruit pith with delicate Asian spices on the nose. Lemon juice, lime zest on the palate with bright carbonation. Finishes dry. Very quaffable and easy drinking.

Category 12 Induction Dubbel 7.5% 650ml (Saanich) $7.9
Aromas of hazelnuts and dark fruit, with a subtle brown sugary sweetness on the nose. Similar sweet notes of brown sugar, baking spice, plums and cooked pears jump out on the palate. A lighter bodied, traditional Belgian-style Dubbel, unlike the more robust North American versions.

breakside la tormenta

Breakside La Tormenta 6% 650ml (Portland) $8.9
Notes of passionfruit juice, mint (and other herbs) and light funk on the nose. On the palate there are juicy citrus notes, apricot pit, mint leaves. Sharp twang of acidity but not overly sour. Two Rufus Paws Up from: Kylli, Leanna & Kevin

gigantic ume umami

Gigantic Ume Umai 7.5% 650ml (Portland) $12.9
Grainy sweetness and dusty plum skin notes on the nose. On the palate you get notes of plum syrup (almost medicinal) and a soft, grainy texture, reminiscent of wet black rice. Oddly delicious.

persephone wee heavy

Persephone Wee Heavy 7.5% 650ml (Gibsons, BC) $9.9
Pleasant notes of smoke, brown sugar and stewed dark fruit on the nose. Sweeter malt notes come forward on the palate, followed by dark fruit and a round, warm, boozy finish. Two Rufus Paws Up from: David

Pumpkin laurelwood

Laurelwood Pumpkin Ale 7.5% 650ml (Portland) $9.4
Notes of creamy pumpkin pie filling and dense apple juice on the nose. Creamy, buttery notes of baking spices and pumpkin pie on the palate with bright hop character followed by a lightly bitter finish. Two Rufus Paws Up from: Glenn


Russell Naughty & Spiced 6.5% 650ml (Vancouver) $7.65
Pours a dark cola brown with a dirty beige head. Nose has sweet notes of cola, brown sugar, cookie spice and root beer. Tastes strongly of gingerbread, raisins, coconut and baking spices with a strong bitter finish.

S+O WIndrose 4 grain porter

Steel & Oak Windrose Four Grain Porter 6% 650ml (Vancouver) $7.9
Subdued creamy malt notes with a hint of milk chocolate on the nose. On the palate you get notes of dark roast coffee, with a creamy mouthfeel and a touch of rye spice. Smooth finish.