In order to get home for Christmas, I caught a ride with my tree planter friend Andrew. The drive was great, safe in his sturdy Delica, with Geronimo the travelling cat asleep upon my shoulders. Along the way we spent a night at his parent’s place in West Vancouver, so that we might go out and enjoy the city with some of his old schoolmates. I took this opportunity to sample a few drinks for reviews!
Our night started off with an Old Speckled Hen aboard the Sea Bus, as we made our way towards the Waldorf Hotel for supper with his mates. It was at the Waldorf that I took the time to review the Parallel 49 Ugly Sweater Milk Stout, a beer that I had enjoyed once or twice before.
Appearance: black, the head vanishes quickly.
Nose: dark chocolate, vanilla, milk, and roasted malt.
Palate: smooth, creamy, with a hint of brown sugar.
Finish: sweet toffee and coffee.
Rating: 4/5 Excellent
After one and a half Ugly Sweaters (someone spilled my first glass all over Andrew’s jacket) I decided to try the Anderson Valley Belk’s ESB. I waffled over whether or not I should take the time to write tasting notes for this beer, since the back label on the bottle had some of the most detailed notes I have ever seen on a beer, but I decided it would be fun to see how comparable the notes might be!
Appearance: honey orange, nice head retention.
Nose: rather accurate description on the label, floral, fruity, honey, hops.
Palate: hops and golden honey, not as balanced as they say-more hops, but good.
Finish: dry, pine dust, perhaps a little strong for an ESB?
Rating: 3/5 Good
Later, after a drink at the Irish Heather in Gas Town, we finished up the evening with a Corpse Reviver No. 2 at some bar that I would not be able to find again. “What kind of beer is a Corpse Reviver?” I hear you asking. Well in fact it is not a beer at all, but a cocktail, consisting of Gin, Lillet, Cointreau, Lemon, and Absinthe, shaken in ice, and then poured into a chilled glass. And revive my corpse it sure did!