This post is going to be a cobbling together of my notes from Swans Brewpub. We had the opportunity to go there during my last trip to Victoria, and we got a nice sampler of their beers. They had 11 tap varieties available.
|Riley’s Scotch Ale
||Cygnet Wheat Ale
|Riley’s Scotch Ale
||Pandora Pale Ale
||Old Towne Lager
||Appleton Brown Ale
We got a double up of the Scotch Ale to balance out the trays. Here’s our notes. I do plan to revisit some of these beers in the future when I go back there, but I apologize for how brief our notes are. It wasn’t the best time to go in for a tasting as the place was hopping.
Riley’s Scotch Ale – Really heavy malts. Quite high alcohol content, making it somewhat off putting (8.0% ABV not masked at all)
Raspberry Ale – Very strong raspberry flavour, more raspberry than beer. 7.0% ABV but not as noticeable as the Scotch Ale
Oatmeal Stout – Smells of licorice, very crisp and easy drinking. 5.4% ABV
Extra IPA – Excellent Aroma, well hopped, lingering bitterness. 6.9% ABV
Appleton Brown Ale – Very prominent barrel taste of the rum barrels- Initially caused a recoil, but the flavour grew on me.
Beast – A cidery and malty taste. Really tastes like cider. 9.1% ABV. Quite a strong flavour.
Pandora Pale Ale – Very tasty, a slight bitterness. A very quaffable ale. 4.5% ABV
Buckerfield’s ESB – Smells quite sweet, taste is surprisingly bitter. Favorite of the night for me. 5.0% ABV
Cygnet Wheat Ale – Smells like a wheat beer, appears like a filtered Hoegaarden. Has the banana aroma wheat beers are associated with, fairly sweet. No ABV info. Left4beer noted it at 4.2% ABV.
Old Towne Lager – Jeff really liked this one, besides that my notes are unreadable. 5.0% ABV
Arctic Ale – No smell to speak of. Very easy drinking beer. 4.5% ABV
I’d like to thank Swans for their hospitality. While it seems I may have ripped their beers a bit I’m absolutely planning to go back and try them again. As I noted we were there at a real inopportune time to do a tasting. For more information about the establishment please check out their website here.
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