|Vancouver Island Brewery - Storm Watcher Winter Lager (ABV 5.5%)|
On pour, it has a caramel-amber colour, and the head dissipates quickly. It smells quite sweet, with a honey lager-like aroma. Before I even took a sip, I felt like this brew had more characteristics of an ale than a lager. I'm pretty sure this lager was made for ale-lovers.
The first sip sat well with my taste buds. The overall taste had hints of honey, caramel, and cereal-like tastes. It's not crisp and clean like most lagers, but the way it's flavoured has more of an ale characteristic. A lot of people might not be on top of that, but I find that it works quite well in this case. It's designed to be served really chilled, and it has a sweeter taste that I really like.
It definitely differs from other winter lagers, like the Rickard's Oakhouse winter lager. This doesn't have a hint of oak at all, but both are solid winter lagers, despite what other "beer people" think. I can't speak for them, but I am a real person with normal taste buds, and this is what I think.
So if you're in the mood for a bit of a sweeter lager that will go down smooth, something different for a change, I suggest snapping up a pack of the Storm Watcher. It's great for a rainy day (maybe that's why they named it Storm Watcher?), which we see a lot of, living on the west coast.
Overall, the consensus from my buds: This beer is light-tasting, sweet, refreshing, and smooth.
The Vancouver Island Brewery Storm Watcher Winter Lager gets an enjoyable 8.0 / 10