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Sleeman Sparkling Ale with Stephanie

Another holiday bottle where you pay more for extra packaging! It’s okay – I’m using it as a riser for my scotch display back row now. Sleeman Sparkling Ale was released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the brewery. That’s all the website has to say, aside form calling it “brilliantly filtered” and I don’t

Thornbridge Eldon Oak Infused Imperial Stout with Davey

Thornbridge Eldon Oak Infused Imperial Stout, a Dickensian(*) name to be sure. Thornbridge Brewery is in the UK and the names of their beers seem to indicate an affinity for literature and the arts. I can’t find the Eldon in their beerlist so I’ll have to assume this dark beer makes swarthy reference to the

Cameron’s Brewing Where The Buffalo Roam Barley Wine with Steph

Man, am I a sucker for packaging. I think it stems from being a deeply superficial person, pun intended superficially. I will 100% cop to the gold label grabbing me on this one(*) – it hit the same button as those foil-wrapped “collector’s” cards when we were kids. If they ever put a hologram on

Innis & Gunn Vanishing Point VP01 Imperial Stout with Dan, Ryan, Adrian & Bowick

Innis & Gunn are known for trying stuff, different combinations, interpretations etc. They’ve launched a new line called Vanishing Point, which is: the point at which the skills and passion of our brewers converge with our ambitions to create exceptional beers that define us as a company. Which is guess is cool as long as

Luck O’ The Irish: Innis & Gunn Kindred Spirits Tullamore DEW Barrel Aged Stout with Devin

  Quick little review with the family while I’m on the road in Vancouver. My sister bought a pre-St Paddy’s Day treat, Innis & Gunn Kindred Spirits Tullamore DEW Barrel Aged Stout for my brother in law and I to try (she did smell it and pronounced it “coffee I wouldn’t drink”). We’ve had Innis

Innis & Gunn Frank & Sense Limited Edition with Dan

As we enter the home stretch before the holidays, time to look at a few seasonal offerings. Up first, and our.. what like, fourth Innis & Gunn post in a row?  The seasonal Frank & Sense! You get it, like what the wise men brought the baby Jeebus. Yeah, frankincense, incense that’s not going to

Saskatoon Sessions: Innis & Gunn 150 Limited Edition Maple & Thistle Rye Ale

First of all I’d like to apologize. The second half of 2017 has been pretty uneven for post publication. As in, all of one since I moved at the end of July. Part of this was the move and getting sorted and not having anything to review or any time to review it. Part of

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 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 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

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

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

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 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 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 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

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

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

Labatt Prohibition Series Bourbon Barrel Ale with Brad

I spent a few days down in (relatively) sunny Michigan for a Michigan Municipal League tradeshow, and stumbled across another Canadian. Well, not… not Canadian beer, like Molson Canadian Beer, but a lower-case-upper-case-C Canadian beer…ugh. Let’s try this again – I was down in the States with my buddy Brad for work and we found

Innis & Gunn Scotch Whisky Porter with Davey

We have reviewed a lot of Innis & Gunn beers and products up here at iScotch, and we only disliked two: Original in a can and the Bourbon Stout. The Scotch Whisky Porter makes post 16 in three years for this particular brand, which is kind of crazy. Should probably keep that in mind when I bitch about the gap between releases.

Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA with Dan & Ryan

The first out of the Summer Mixed Pack, the Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA! Always great to see a new Innis & Gunn. There’s a nice amount of information on the website, like that this is wheat malt with a specific kind of hops (I don’t know hops). It also mentions that this isn’t

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Finish with Dan & Ryan

Sometimes St Paddy’s Day is actually St Paddy’s Week, because we love to reinforce European ethnic stereotypes whenever and wherever possible. And what better way to lower liver function as a celebration of Irish culture than with a Scottish beer? Scottish beer that’s finished in Irish whiskey casks, that is.  iScotch loves Innis & Gunn

Seventh Beer Of Christmas: Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout with Ryan, Goran & Dan

DERP I PUT IT IN A BIG SHINY BOX. I’m now making the ‘gimme money’ hand motion. $13.95 is a lot of money for one beer, even if it is fancy. Muskoka Brewery, out of Bracebridge, is another independent local brewery success story, now selling across Ontario through the local liquor monopoly, and in several

Fourth Beer Of Christmas: Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve with Matt, Ryan, Dan & Goran

The Fourth Beer Of Christmas. If you’re following our instructions and working your way through this list on Christmas Day, then you’re about to be fully lubricated for the Airing Of Grievances. No, YOU listen, damnit! The Grande Réserve is a Unibroue beer, part of the Sapporo beverage corporation through their Sleaman’s label. It’s an

Second Beer Of Christmas: Fuller’s Vintage Ale with Dan & Ryan

DERP I PUT IT IN A BOX. More money please. You can see our last post for our true feelings on extra packaging, but it certainly does help to signify… uh… more effort in marketing. And an increase in price. There’s a lot of shit in boxes at the liquor store right now. But this

First Beer Of Christmas: St Ambroise Russian Impériale Stout 2013 with Dan, Laura & Ryan

We’re a week away from Christmas and we’ve got a backlog of dark beer reviews for you, so we’ll call this happy coincidence our Seven Beers of Christmas and give you a bunch of them in a row! Good stick-to-your-ribs winter beverages coming up. Today we’ve got the St Ambroise Russian Impériale Stout for 2013.

Innis & Gunn Oloroso Cask with Dan, Goran & Ryan

SURPRISE! we found a sherry-casked beverage that doesn’t suck! (*) note to daily readers or at-work binge readers, this is not the other new beer from the Collection 2013. Oloroso is one of those geographically-specific, european sort-of wines, like Port, Sauterne, Madeira, etc, so it is meant to impart a very specific addition to whatever

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout with Goran

So, uh… don’t get mad, but I confused the Treacle Porter in this year’s collection with the Winter Treacle Porter we already reviewed and just enjoyed it without writing anything down or thinking about taste notes or you people. Sorry. We’re gonna grab some more kits and do that but it’ll be in a bit,

Innis & Gunn Strong Beer Collection 2013

Dudes and dudettes, it’s that time of year again! NO NOT THAT TIME IT’S STILL NOVEMBER. ffs. It’s the new Innis & Gunn Collection time! Head’s up, I can’t give you the LCBO link because they haven’t updated their website and are still showing 2011’s kit for 2011’s price. In this kit you get: a

Radical Road Canny Man Scotch Cask Aged Beer with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Picked up these two bottles of Radical Road Canny Man scotch whisky cask aged beers.  Radical Road’s web presence seems to be limited to a Twitter account, so I can’t give you much more info than that they’re from Toronto.  What scotch barrels they’ve aged their beer in would be good to know. As beer

Finally! The Innis & Gunn 6 Pack

File this under “about goddamned time” – Innis & Gunn finally realized that a bag of bottles is not a classy way to take their product home and have put out a 6 pack.  Only found Original so far, but maybe they’ll make another sampler pack with me having to wait until Christmas.  You can

Maker’s Mark Aged Beyond The Pale with Trevor & Steph (part 3 of An Evening Beyond The Pale)

Part 3 of 3! Yay, finishing something! Take THAT, high school guidance counselor! Anyway, we’re wrapping up An Evening Beyond The Pale with, well, the whole point of this exercise.  I mean we’ve saved the best for last! I wanted to taste and review the cask aged beers because I tend to love cask aged

Beyond The Pale with Trevor & Steph

Okay, so this review is actually three reviews.  Or five.  Or one review interrupted part-way through with another review.  It’ll all make sense as you read it. Beyond the Pale is an Ottawa-local brewer, sitting in the quickly-gentrifying Hintonburg neighborhood and selling their wares out of their store front (LCBO/Beer Store being a royal pain