Saturday, 8 February 2014
Strong Patrick is a Strong Irish Red Ale from Vankleek Hill, Ontario's Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. It comes in 600mL bottles featuring one of my all-time favourite beer labels, featuring a be-shamrocked luchador. Strong Patrick is No. 18 in Beau's Wild Oats Series and contains 6.7% alcohol.
According to the label, a portion of Strong Patrick is aged in whisky casks--this gives the beer a recognizable whisky quality that shows up in both the nose and flavour. Additionally, the aroma is malty and has some notes of raisin. The flavour stays on the malt highway and drives all night. There are notes of caramel and raisin to keep the whisky company.
All told, this beer tastes like some kind of buttery, raisin-y, toffee-y, dessert from the British Isles. There isn't a lot of bitterness to speak of. There is some boozy warmth, but it doesn't taste particularly strong. I'd have liked a bit more hops, but otherwise, this stuff hit the spot.
Strong Patrick pours a handsome amber colour, topped beneath a mountain of of-white foam.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10.