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Leapbeer Review #356 Black Tail Porter by Wolf Brewing Company

This next beer is yet another Vancouver Island craft beer offering, this time from Wolf Brewing Company of Nanaimo. Their Black Tail Porter is one of my sister’s go to beers, and after this review I can see why. I really really liked this beer. I liked it so much that I tried to find more of it, but I couldn’t. I went to the store where I bought this, and they were sold out.

This is a clear black beer with a tan foamy head on top. When you tilt the glass it thins out to a deep brown colour. It has a wonderful bouquet. Aromas of molasses, cocoa and coffee grounds. It almost reminds me of the smell of a well used coffee grinder. As expected this porter is a boldly flavoured and somewhat meaty drink. But despite that, it remains easily drinkable. It starts with flavours of peat and bitter espresso but then finishes with a lovely bitter chocolate note.

Leapbeer #356 is Black Tail Porter by Wolf Brewing Company

Black Tail Porter by Wolf Brewing Company

Black Tail Porter by Wolf Brewing Company

Brewery: Wolf Brewing Company of Nanaimo BC
Released: Unknown
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/6.0% ABV
Availability: Unknown
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

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Leapbeer Review #267 – Great Pumpkin Ale by Longwood Brewpub

This is the first in a short series of micro posts of different pumpkin beers from Vancouver Island I’m putting into the blog. If you’re looking for a more concise series of blog reviews on Pumpkin beers I suggest either The Parting Glass blog. She’s covered ten different pumpkin beers so far, with more to come soon.

For me, I’m trying to keep with the Vancouver Island theme of my blog, and just cover the ones from here. First up from the VICraftbeer scene Pumpkin Beer, The Grand Pumpkin by Longwood Brewpub in Nanaimo, BC.

I was absolutely shocked at how good this beer is. It has a very nice malty character to it, and a smooth ginger and pumpkin taste. Apparently Harley Smith, the Longwood Brewpub brewmaster, brewed the beer first and then added additional pumpkin spiced tea to the brew near the end of fermentation. It is worth stopping in and trying when you are around the area. Now that their beers have been spotted outside the confines of the brewpub, maybe this will make the export list as well.

Leapbeer #267 is Great Pumpkin Ale by Longwood Brewpub

Brewery: Longwood Brewpub of Nanaimo BC
Released: Unknown
Size/ABV: 178ml Glass/7.0%
Availability: Only at the Brewpub
Purchased @:
Longwood Brewpub
Webpage:
http://www.longwoodbrewpub.com/ (Beer not featured on their beer list)
Other Reviews: Untappd

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Leapbeer Review #184 India Pale Ale by Longwood Brewpub

This next beer is a staple at the Longwood Brewpub. I’ve had it several times and I always enjoy it. This classic style IPA is tasty and bold. I picked up this bomber a few months ago, and because of its age there was some sediment in it. It pours to a darker golden colour, with a thinner head to it. You get all the classic IPA flavours with a nice bitterness to it. This beer has some teeth to it, showing all of its 6.5%abv in your throat. As you continue drinking it, the bitterness sits in your mouth quite well. Whether in the pub, or in your glass at home this IPA is a great beer.

Leapbeer #184 is India Pale Ale by Longwood Brewpub in Nanaimo BC

I realize it may appear that the Leapbeer has become somewhat IPA obsessed (and if I recall it isn’t the first I’d mentioned this). Truth is I have a large stock of beers in the leapbeer fridge, and I was hoping to get through them all soon. As Rob Ringma has explained to me, due to the volatility of hop compounds most craft beers are better consumed as close to completion date as possible. As IPA’s are traditionally the hoppier beers I’ve been trying by best to get through those sooner than later. I also want to get through a few so I have a baseline with which to base my thoughts from HOPoxia on July 21st. After that I’m going to expand the blog in a couple of slightly different directions, so keep an eye out for that. I’ll also be doing my best to keep out of the hoppier beers for a while after HOPoxia.

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Leapbeer Review #116 Wood Cutter Dark Ale by Wolf Brewing

I haven’t had a Wolf Brewing beer in a while so I decided to give their Wood Cutter a try. Its a Dark ale that pours to a coffee colour with about a 1cm head that dissipates after time. It smells of malt and caramel. It has quite a rich taste initially yet it is balanced by a slight bitterness and carbonation. It does have some lingering bitterness to it as well. It doesn’t seem like my usual kind of beer, so I don’t see myself getting this again. It’s not that its bad, just that I’ve had some very good brown ale’s and this doesn’t really compare. Specs are its a 650ml bottle with a 6.0% ABV.

Leapbeer #116 is Wood Cutter Dark Ale by Wolf Brewing (Nanaimo, BC)

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Leapbeer Review #110 Winter Weisenbock by Longwood Brewpub

When I did my field trip to Longwood brewpub, I was oddly surprised that they didn’t have this beer on tap. What amazed me was it was available in bottles, and a different beer (the Copper Bock) which wasn’t on the menu was available. Win/Win/Win in my books.

I decided it was high time for me to hit the high test winter wheat beer. This 650ml bomber has a high test 7.8% beer inside that my server noted ‘drinks like a 5% beer’. I was eager to give it a try. Its made with 50% wheat which apparently gives ‘it a distinctively creamy sensation and rich malty flavour’. It pours to a lovely amber colour, and smells lightly of dried fruit. This beer tastes fairly sweet at first, but as it coats the mouth it really balances out. It is really refreshing. It tastes so good that I totally agree with the servers comments. It would easily go down, making it a somewhat dangerous beer.

They call it the “White Beast (Bete Blanche)”. It is another fantastic beer from a great brewpub.

#110 is Winter Weisenbock by Longwood Brewpub.

Special thanks again to Longwood for this and all their great beers. I noted before that they were the first brewpub I’d ever frequented, and they definitely inspired my love of craft beer.

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Leapbeer Reviews #84-87 1st Longwood Brewpub Fieldtrip

The other day I got an opportunity for a brief tasting at Longwood Brewpub in Nanaimo BC. I’ve been going here off and on since they started production back over 10 years ago. They introduced me to the idea of a brewpub. Long story short, I’m a fan. They have an excellent array of beers both in Cask and Cellar temps. I try to go by there every time I am in Nanaimo.

I didn’t have the longest time to do a tasting there today, otherwise I probably would’ve had a meal and spaced it out some. With only the short time I decided to do a 4x6oz sampler that they offer. As you can see from the picture below I chose the Longwood Ale, the Extra Special Bitter, the Copper Bock(seasonal)¬† and the Russian Imperial Stout(in the back).

I started off with their trademark ale, the one named after the place, the Longwood Ale aka Woodies Ale. This beer is a lovely coloured golden ale brewwerd with German Tettnang hops, and has a 5.0% ABV. At first smell this beer has a light hop scent to it. When you taste it you get the hops with a tangy malt back. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Leapbeer #84 is Longwood Ale by Longwood Brewpub

Next I decided to try the cellar kept ESB or Extra Special Bitter. This is a translucent  copper beer. It has a tinge of citrus fruit in the taste and on the nose. It has a healthy bitter note in the middle of tasting with minimal malts. It has a clean crisp finish. This is a sipper of a beer, and I feel that serving it at this temp is a plus because cooled the flavours would be too muted.

Leapbeer #85 is ESB by Longwood Brewpub

I ordered the Winter Weizenbock for my next beer, only to find that they had finished the keg right before I ordered so I got the Copper Bock instead. This is one of their seasonal beers. I was happy to go with this beer since it was one of my go to beers when its available. It weighs in at 7.2%ABV. This is a Bock style beer that pours to a (you guessed it) copper colour. You get a big hit of the caramel malts in its scent. Also I noted that this beer seemed considerably carbonated. This does have a sweet malt initial flavour followed by a hop bite. The taste really tends to linger on the palate.¬† I’d say this is for sure a sipper as well. Still as delicious as I remember it.

Leapbeer #86 is Copper Bock by Longwood Brewpub

Lastly I went with their Russian Imperial Stout. I tried to keep the flavour profiles in an ascending order in strength and malts. This one has a heavy scent of malt and sweetness. It tastes even more. There is a lovely hit of bitters at the beginning of the taste, followed by the richness of the malts. This beer is the perfect marriage of molasses and bitter beer. It totally coats your mouth.

Leapbeer #87 is Russian Imperial Stout by Longwood Brewpub

 

So that concludes my 1st tasting at Longwood. I do look forward to coming back again as soon as I can. One note that I’ll have to attend to next time I come here is that 4pm on a Friday isn’t the ideal time for a tasting. This place was hopping. Not a problem from the business end of it, but it played a bit of havoc with my creative mojo. I did grab a 4 pack of bottles with 3 different beers that I hadn’t tried (and 1 for a special secret soon to be announced project). Expect to hear more out of this brewery in the future on this blog.

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