John McTavish

Personal Beer Review: Fernie Dark Horse Sour

Personal Beer Review: Fernie Dark Horse Sour

The Fernie Dark Horse Sour is a decent sour, although it doesn't break the mold for complexity, but is enjoyable. I found the flavor to hit it's high point once it warmed up closer to room temperature.

Personal Beer Review: Collective Arts Stranger Than Fiction

Personal Beer Review: Collective Arts Stranger Than Fiction

Even though I rated the aroma and flavor average, the overall beer presents as a good experience. The flavor components are enjoyable, and I wouldn't hesitate to grab another Collective Arts Stranger Than Fiction in a can or if it was available on tap.

Team Cigar Review: Ventura Archetype Curses Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Ventura Archetype Curses Robusto

The Ventura Archetype Curses Robusto is an overall strong example of a classic Connecticut Broadleaf blend. If you're looking for some satisfying Broadleaf flavors, and don't want to be blown out by strength, I'd pick up an Archetype Curses.

Personal Beer Review: Dandy Bright Young Things English Summer Ale

Personal Beer Review: Dandy Bright Young Things English Summer Ale

The Dandy Bright Young Things English Summer Ale has a lot going for it on the aroma, style, finish and balance. It's possible the age of the beer influenced the flavor and it is best enjoyed fresh. Overall, the flavor wasn't bad, I just found it to be uncomplicated compared to other beer offerings from Dandy.

Personal Beer Review: Muskoka Summerweiss Tropical Wheat

Personal Beer Review: Muskoka Summerweiss Tropical Wheat

Although the Muskoka Summerweiss Tropical Wheat scored average in the categories of finish and balance, the flavor is good. I would absolutely see myself pounding 3-4 of these on a patio, during a hot summer day, without hesitation.

Team Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Esteli Robusto

Team Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Esteli Robusto

The La Gloria Cubana Esteli Robusto is an interesting cigar with a flavor profile that has distinct evolution through each third. Reaching an overall flavor strength of medium-full at times, you're treated to earth, leather, toasted notes, spices, creme brulee, chocolate and baking spices.

Personal Beer Review: Belching Beaver Sour Series Batch No. 5

Personal Beer Review: Belching Beaver Sour Series Batch No. 5

I can confidently say the Belching Beaver Sour Series Batch No. 5 is one of the best sours I've had in recent memory. Although it does carry a premium price tag, I'm happy to have picked this one up as the experience was well worth it.

Personal Beer Review: Grizzly Paw Barley Wine 2016 Vintage Edition

Personal Beer Review: Grizzly Paw Barley Wine 2016 Vintage Edition

The Grizzly Paw Barley Wine 2016 Vintage Edition was an enjoyable and satisfying beer in the barley wine category. Even though it packed a high ABV, and some in your face boozy character go with it, it never seemed to overwhelm the flavor complexity.

Personal Beer Review: Parallel 49 / Tool Shed The Dangerous Wolfman

Personal Beer Review: Parallel 49 / Tool Shed The Dangerous Wolfman

I think I understood what they were going for on the Parallel 49 / Tool Shed The Dangerous Wolfman collaboration, but the saison funkiness is too much flavor for the rest of the beer, and throws the balance off. This was an interesting tasting experience, and I'm happy to have tried it out.