Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Aged Porter with Steve

Missed last week, Christmas and all. Sorry about that. Had a lovely break, and looking forward to some good drinks tonight. Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Aged Porter is not one of them. And this is not just a by-product of my not liking rum – Steve digs rum and he gave this a lower […]

Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Aged Porter with Steve

Innis & Gunn Secret Saison with Julia

Innis & Gunn Secret Saison. A rare beer with a rare outcome from Innis & Gunn – an utter miss. What’s a saison? It’s a kind of beer meant for “sessioning” (which I think just means “drink a bunch”) with local ingredients, low alcohol and a clean taste. This beer fails to achieve the last […]

Innis & Gunn Secret Saison with Julia

Innis & Gunn Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale with Davey

Innis & Gunn Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale. It comes in a box, has lots of words, is kind of expensive. The trio of beer greatness, as it were. However, as does happen, this time these elements conspire to make something great. Great colour, great bouquet, great beer. Here’s what we thought: nose Davey – nice, smells […]

Innis & Gunn Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale with Davey

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale with Steve

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale! A potentially new bottle from the Holiday 4-Pack. Why potentially? Well, because we’re having another classic Innis & Gunn “have I had this before?” moment. We had the Irish Whiskey Finish/Cask discrepancy, and the (Winter) Treacle Porter pair, and now we have this Bourbon Cask Dark Ale v […]

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale with Steve

Innis & Gunn Holiday 4-Pack

This year’s Christmas Pack from Innis & Gunn! Four beers and… a… coaster. Neat! Used to get a proper beer glass for a couple years, then they gave away a honking big bottle opener but… sure, a coaster is nice. I guess. This year’s kit comes with an Original, a Lager, a Bourbon Cask Dark […]

Innis & Gunn Holiday 4-Pack

Dominion City Merlot Barrel-Aged Earnscliffe ESB with Dan, Vanni & Davey

Hadn’t seen Vanni in a while and he swung by for birthday drinks with this interesting bottle. Thanks Vanni! Merlot Barrel-Aged Earnscliffe ESB from Dominion City! So many things! We have steered around the wine barrel-aged stuff in the past, having experienced a few examples where the cask overpowered the contents. Getting it right should “just” […]

Dominion City Merlot Barrel-Aged Earnscliffe ESB with Dan, Vanni & Davey

Dominion City Town & Country Blonde Ale with Devin

Just a quick review as I’m out in Gananoque this weekend! Town & Country Blonde Ale from Ottawa’s Dominion City Brewing Company. Good stuff going on here – organic grains, local milling, Ontario hops. While this beer didn’t really speak to us, we’re looking forward to trying more from this brewer. Here’s what we thought: […]

Dominion City Town & Country Blonde Ale with Devin

Innis & Gunn Fired Oak Scotch Ale with Davey & Steve

This summer’s limited edition from Innis & Gunn: the Fired Oak Scotch Ale, named for the charred American oak barrels used in aging. Scotch ale sits in that end of beer towards strong ales & barley wines, sometimes called a wee heavy. This new offering tasted close to the original, which was nice; we’ve had a […]

Innis & Gunn Fired Oak Scotch Ale with Davey & Steve

Tooth & Nail Discretion with Devin & Vanni

I moved into Hintonburg in Ottawa about a year ago, and this place is pretty great. Best part? Several breweries within walking distance. We’ve reviewed Beyond The Pale many times, but not Tooth & Nail right behind my place. This is Discretion, their “biere de table”, a European traditional thing where they give booze to […]

Tooth & Nail Discretion with Devin & Vanni

Boxing Rock Where There’s Smoke Pale Ale with Brad, Matt, Bengt & Ross

Boxing Rock out of Shelburne, Nova Scotia! My uncle brought this out on a recent visit and dad passed it my way as review stock. I brought it in to work for a little office morale, the first Thursty Thursday of many, hopefully. The bottle describes the legend of Boxing Rock as a place in Shelburne […]

Boxing Rock Where There’s Smoke Pale Ale with Brad, Matt, Bengt & Ross

Strange Fellows Reynard Oud Bruin Limited Release with Devin & Vanni

Express delivery from Vancouver via luggage mail – thanks Dev! Strange Fellows is a Vancouver local craft brewer trying some interesting things. This particular interesting thing is called Reynard and it’s whatever an Oud Bruin is. New type of beer! An Oud Bruin is fermented in two or three stages, including the initial top fermentation […]

Strange Fellows Reynard Oud Bruin Limited Release with Devin & Vanni

Innis & Gunn Vintage 2015 with Brad, Dan & Laura

Innis & Gunn Vintage! As found in Winnipeg. As much as I love Innis & Gunn, this one’s a bit of a reach. At *twenty* dollars each, you’d be excused for forgetting it’s just beer. You pay the Tube Tax. You pay the import beer tax. You pay the bottle conditioned tax, and the 100 […]

Innis & Gunn Vintage 2015 with Brad, Dan & Laura

Round 2! Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Finish with Dan & Julia

A quick Round 2! today for the always excellent Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Finish. We first did this expression a little over a year ago, and it only appears to come out around St Paddy’s Day, hence the bare qualification for a “Round 2!” article. But it’s good stuff, and this year I can […]

Round 2! Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Finish with Dan & Julia

The Top 18 iScotch Posts That Weren’t

In the course of running a blog, you lose shit. If, like me, you’re a photographer first and foremost, you don’t lose photos, but you do lose slips of paper. Especially when those slips of paper were last seen at some point in a late night analysis of the subjective qualities of grain-based intoxicants. But, since I […]

The Top 18 iScotch Posts That Weren’t

Steel & Oak Dark Lager with Dan

  Aw yeah, another hand-smuggled interprovincial beer delivery from Devin in BC!  Always appreciated, the beer gift is. We’ve had a Steel & Oak before, their smoked Hefeweizen, which was delicious. Devin brought one of those as well, but that went to simple, unexamined enjoyment. This time out is their Dark Lager. Moderate IBU and […]

Steel & Oak Dark Lager with Dan

Old Tomorrow Brewing Monty’s Golden Ryed Ale

Just a quickie review today – Beer! Old Tomorrow is a Toronto brewery that’s pretty new. They’re in a few southern and eastern Ontario pubs and the LCBO, so they’re off to a great start. This “ryed ale” is “Brewed with 100% Canadian Rye Whisky and oak“ which I’m not entirely sure what it means. If […]

Old Tomorrow Brewing Monty’s Golden Ryed Ale

Innis & Gunn Rum Finish with Dan

A quick little review this week, folks, and one that is probably long overdue. Innis & Gunn Rum Finish: once, many years ago, I brushed this aside with an “I don’t like it”, largely because of its rum barrel aging and my distinct distaste for rum in general. I wasn’t being assumptive; I did try […]

Innis & Gunn Rum Finish with Dan

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Dark Ale with Dan

Our last post before Christmas, here’s a solid gift tip: The Innis & Gunn Holiday Pack. You get a heavy duty steel bottle opener and four bottles of beer – Original, Toasted Oak IPA, Rum Finish (review out soon) and this guy, the Bourbon Dark Ale. Part of Innis & Gunn’s Limited Edition range, there’s […]

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Dark Ale with Dan

Innis & Gunn White Oak Wheat Beer with Dan, Goran & Steve

The last of the new Innis & Gunn (for now) is their White Oak Wheat Beer. This is.. well, it’s a wheat beer over white oak, but maybe you figured that out. It’s also a flavoured beer, as it’s been infused with bergamot and orange. If you’re not familiar with bergamot, it’s that flavour in […]

Innis & Gunn White Oak Wheat Beer with Dan, Goran & Steve

Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Ale with Dan, Goran & Steve

Always a good day when a new Innis & Gunn shows up at the LCBO. And as much as we curse the Box Tax, they sure help take a decent picture. This time around it’s the Limited Edition Highland Ale, a golden brew steeped for 30 days with oak from a “famous” highland 18y single […]

Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Ale with Dan, Goran & Steve

Sleeman Beechwood Smoked Lager with Steve

Okay, so sometimes we do a review, and due to a combination of the stuff being terrible, and the photo being boring, and it sort of being a little off-topic, it sits in Drafts for… like six months. This is that kind of review. Sleeman Beechwood Smoked Lager is really bad. I used to be […]

Sleeman Beechwood Smoked Lager with Steve

Harviestoun Òrach Slie Golden Ale with Dan, Matt, Brian & Al

Harviestoun Òrach Slie Glenfarclas Cask Aged Golden Ale – so many words. Dan & I have had a Harviestoun before, their Ola Dubh. At the time it was advertised as being aged in Highland Park barrels, but the website doesn’t mention it now. The Òrach Slie is of course the same but in Glenfarclas barrels. We haven’t […]

Harviestoun Òrach Slie Golden Ale with Dan, Matt, Brian & Al

Dead Crow Bourbon Beer with Matt, Dan, Brian & Al

Hat-tip to Colin for pointing me in the direction of Dead Crow Bourbon Beer. Not necessarily a ringing hat-tip, but a good lead nonetheless. Dead Crow Bourbon Beer is a… drink from a UK beverage company in Gloucester called SHS Drinks, whose motto is “a thirst for creating great brands”. Not “drinks”, “brands”. There’s no […]

Dead Crow Bourbon Beer with Matt, Dan, Brian & Al