Lake of Bays Stitches: Gerry Cheevers Oktoberfest

Reviewed by on October 23, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Lake of Bays Brewing Company

  • Origin: Baysville, ON, CA

  • Rated On: October 18, 2014

  • Best Before: Packaged Sept 26, 2014

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

‘Stitches’ is Lake of Bays’ fourth iteration in their ‘Masked Men’ NHL Alumni series, this time honouring Boston Bruin great Gerry Cheevers, he of the gnarly old-school mask, and tendency to forget that he was a goaltender.

This 750ml bottle pours a clear, bright red-brick amber colour, with two stacked pads of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly squirrelly pale tan head, which leaves some decent invading mothership lace around the glass as things slowly move off.

It smells of bready, crackery, and somewhat biscuity caramel malt, stewed red apples, and leafy, fresh hay-like hops. The taste is more biscuity, almost ESB-like, in its sturdy caramel malt renderings, with a further warm drupe side dish sort of fruitiness, a touch of black pepper, subtle spicy yeast esters, earthy, dead leafy hops, and a mildly bristling booze warmth. The bubbles are mostly just supportive in their merely plain frothiness, the body a stocky medium weight, and generally smooth, a hollow creaminess arising as it warms. It finishes well off-dry, the complex caramel malt carrying on and on, just a duly promised, a bit of lingering side-saddle alcohol exposing a minor five-hole weakness.

A pretty tasty, and pleasantly-wrought Oktoberfest lager, one of the Imperial leaning, of course, but with enough stiff-upper lip to keep the masses from knowing the true secret of their warming bellies – sweet, sweet alcohol, in case anyone was still wondering. Anyways, enjoyable to drink, and to reminisce about trading hockey cards when the players weren’t all that removed from the Hall of Famers being celebrated here.

Brady White

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