Alley Kat Crossing Streams

Reviewed by on March 15, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: March 15, 2018

  • Best Before: September 5, 2018

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Wee Heavy Braggot

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Crossing Streams is the latest in Alley Kat’s Back Alley Brews series – this time they’ve gone all the way down to Water Valley, Alberta, and obtained some honey from FallenTimber Meadery, to concoct what they believe to be Canada’s first ‘Wee Heavy Braggot’ (a Braggot being a beer made from both malt and honey).

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves a few bands of low-lying, streaky lace around the glass as it quickly fades to nil.

It smells of smoked, and sort of meaty caramel malt, some singed black stone fruitiness, faint sugary honey notes, and very subtle earthy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is roasted caramel malt, peat bog, watery honey, a weak dark orchard fruity character, some free-range ashiness, and more understated earthy, musty, and mildly tipsy floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-taunting frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, the peaty smoke dialing it back a bunch at this particular juncture, for some reason.  It finishes off-dry, barely, as the roasted side of equation still maintains a firm grip on the lingering reins.

Overall – yup, this one comes off as much more Wee Heavy than Braggot in its bearing, with the poor ‘natural’ honey (are there robot bees out there?) getting overshadowed by the big Scotch whisky smokey essences.  That said, it is still pretty tasty, and the 14-proof booze is well-integrated, for the most part.  Worth checking out, even if I couldn’t weave a Ghostbusters reference in here.

Brady White

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