Today’s Beer: in the early summer I stopped by Salt Spring Island Ales and really liked their Dry Porter, but figured it would taste better in the winter. Aroma is boozy and rich, the flavour is smooth, roasted malts with coffee, caramel and chocolate notes. Since I aged this one for 7 months it seems it has mellowed, and the flavours have deepened somewhat. I’m glad I saved this one for later!
Today’s Beer: for some post-Christmas decorating refreshment I pulled a bottle of Salt Spring Island Ales Heather Ale out of the cellar. This is made with Heather in place of hops, giving it a floral, herbaceous aroma and flavour. The malts lend a bit of sweetness and it finishes a little bitter, almost tart. This is really drinkable for something quite out of the ordinary, however brewing with Heather and other bittering herbs can be traced back several thousand years in Scotland, so it’s quite traditional in that sense!