Similar to the packages released last fall for BC Craft Beer Month, the two samplers – one featuring bottles, the other cans – are 12-packs that each include two containers each of six different beers.
This second annual collaboration between brewers Sam Corbeil of Sawdust City and Ryan Morrow of Nickel Brook to mark their shared November 5th birthday has shifted to a new style from 2013’s barley wine edition, but it’s still one big mutha of a beer. Pouring a bright orange-amber with a creamy off-white head, it immediately throws off a pungent aroma of dank pine resin, candied orange peel and grapefruit rind, with an subtle and oddly pleasant suggestion of garlic. Flavour is similarly big and bold, with explosions of pine and orange peel, backing notes of peach and caramel, and a long, warm finish. And it certainly doesn’t drink like an 11% beer - feels more like 7% - making it as dangerous as it is delicious.
This is the last in a series of reviews of beers from Sawdust City Brewing that appeared here on Canadian Beer Notes this week. Thanks for reading, and watch for more theme weeks soon.