Yukon Brewing Spirit Dog
Reviewed by Brady White on April 20, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Yukon Brewing Company
- Origin: Whitehorse, YT, CA
- Rated On: April 20, 2016
- Best Before: Pick a date, any date
- ABV: 11.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Extra Strong Olde English Ale
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark rusted brick brown colour, with two skinny-ass fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of approaching iceberg profile lace around the glass as it quickly sinks out of sight.
It smells of dense and dark bready caramel malt, a further toffee/treacle thing, some heady plum, raisin, and dried cherry fruitiness, a twinge of earthy basement cellar mustiness, more brown sugar sweetness, and gentle leafy, weedy, and surprisingly un-perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is fairly sugary doughy and brown bread-like caramel malt, muddled dark orchard fruit (ok, some soused sultana raisins, if you must!), a generic damp earth mustiness, and more understated leafy, floral, and perhaps a tad grassy noble hoppiness. The carbonation is pretty low-key in its soft and almost lilting frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and quite smooth, with a small airy creaminess arising at this thing moves out of fridge temperature range. It finishes more or less sweet, but moderated to a certain degree by fruity, hoppy, and tame estery alcohol offsets alike.
Overall, this is a pretty cool way of amping up the ABV of your most venerable full-time product – reduce it, and then add it back in to the next batch – a loss-less flavour proposition, if there ever was one. I have images of a snake eating itself via munching on its own tail in my head right now, but that may just be an expected distortion due to the crazily integrated 22-proof booze that they’ve managed to sneak in here. Wow.