Sorry, between curling, hockey and short track last night I wasn't about to boot up the computer for a beer review.
A Rogue product today, probably my favourite from them. They're a top-quality brewery in Oregon and I haven't tasted a single one of their beers that I don't enjoy.
Rogue Brutal Bitter
This is sort of an American ESB. ESBs are based on the Fuller's ESB, available in cans at the LCBO. One of my favourite styles, ESBs are English bitters on 'roids. All the flavours are bigger than your standard session ale.
Brutal Bitter pours a cloudy peach. Not a very big head. The beer is oily, and the foam settles pretty quickly.
All fresh North West hops on the nose. Grapefruit is the standout aroma with a touch of orange. Soft caramel malt lingers behind.
The balance of this beer makes it a standout among the Western ales. Citrus hops, like clementines, mingle nicely with the soft caramel evident in the aroma. Just a hint of a herbal taste that makes it a bit perfumy, I'd never noticed that before, but I don't think it's off. Bitterness takes over completely as it hits the back of the tongue. It leaves resinous hops allover the mouth.
Nicely carbonated. Smooth, but a bit of heat from the alcohol.
A great beer. Very flavourful. You can get this, their Hazelnut Nut Brown, and their Dead Guy in six packs at the LCBO. Seasonals like this one have been known to show up in the releases, hopefully the representative gets some good stuff in the near future.