Things are really starting to heat up in Manitoba in respect to the craft beer scene. Peg Beer just launched their merchandise site, announced some of there beers and launched the PEG 100 club. The memberships went like hotcakes and are certainly going to be worth the entrance. We also have Torque Brewing who have officially signed their lease and are getting things organized at the brewery. Barn Hammer is coming along as well and are finalizing preparations on the brew house. Needless to say after I get back to the Peg in January, it’s going to be a different beer scene and I’m very excited for that.
This morning I had a much easier time getting the bottle of beer out of the advent calendar. I think it’s just the cans that are going to be a pain. Really hard to get a grip on those guys. Today’s beer comes to us from the small municipality of Strathroy-Cardoc and is Strathroy Brewing Company’s 1815 XXXX Peacemaker.
In June of 2014, after months of work converting an old flour mill into a micro-brewery, Alex Martin produced his first batch of 1812 Independence Pale Ale. He turned his homebrew hobby into a business with the help of friends and family. Alex brought his older brother Matthew, an avid home brewer and chemical engineer, into the business. Matthew combines his brewing knowledge and scientific expertise into the brewing of Strathroy Brewing Company’s beers.
They’ve both worked very hard to get their beer into local pubs and restaurants. Alex is a history buff and thus the name of the beer as 1812 Independence Ale, referencing the war of 1812. The beer we have today, the 1815 Peacemaker, represents the treaty of Ghent, Belgium, the end of the Napoleonic Wars in Europe and over 200 years of Peace between Canada and the USA. Check out Alex talking about the beer.
This beer is a Belgian Brown Porter. Now, this style of beer is a combination of a British Porter and Belgian strong ale. Porters, like stouts, are dark and heavy beers that have been malted heavily. They are rich and often flavored with chocolate, coffee, or caramel malts to give them some balance to that richness. Belgian dark strong ales are also malty with fruity esters and bready malts. The combination of these two styles should make for a rich malty beer with subtle spice and fruit esters. I’m excited to give it a try. You may see this beer called a Traditional Ale. This is a catch all for beers that do not fit within particular styles and are typically ancient or old styles not brewed often.
Appearance – Dark Amber. Think tan head that fades quickly leaving slight lacing.
Smell – Black cherry, toffee, caramel notes.
Taste – Slightly sweet on start and bitter on finish. Interesting transition between the two.
Mouth feel – Almost a little too light for such a dark beer, very thin in consistency with lots of carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.
Overall – It’s ok. It’s a bit lacking in the flavour department. Decent for the style.
Do I like it? – It’s okay. I find that it lacks any depth of flavour. I get a lot on the nose and I’d like to see that translate at least somewhat into the taste. Unfortunately it doesn’t.