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Our next sample from Saskatchewan's District Brewing Co. is Müs Knuckle Premium Pale Lager.

This lager pours to a pale golden colour with a fast-disappearing head.  It's pretty much a blue-collar after-work kind of lager, with no special qualities other then generally good brewmanship.  Typically malty and yeasty, this is a mainstream, flagship kind of lager.  Not bad for the price, so if you just want to unwind after a hard day, you can hardly go wrong here.

However, for its lack of exceptionality, I can't really rate it higher than 7.5 out of 10.  It's good, it's well made, but it's a drinker's beer, not a beer snob's beer.  5.0%abv, $1.49 on promo for a single 355ml can at my local store, usually sold in 6-packs for around $10.

What drew me to this beer was its heritage (made by the same brewery that gave us Dog River) and the name, I mean NSFW implications aside, you can hardly get more Canadian than Moose Knuckle!

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What I'm drinking tonight: from Bend, Oregon: Deschutes Black Butte Porter!

This is definitely a true porter, in the sense that it's fairly conventional, but it manages not to be overly heavy or overbearing like so many dark beers on the market.  Pours to an opaque black with a generous white head that dissipates slowly.  Heavy on caramel flavour but not too sweet, it also has nutty and licorice overtones that come together quite pleasantly.  Finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste that does not linger.  5.2%abv, 30 IBU (mild to my palate).  About $7 in the 22oz bomber shown.

My rating: 8.5/10 - pretty damn good!

What people call me vs what I actually am, Steve Miller edition.

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From Old-town Victoria's Swan's Brewing comes "Sucker Punch Citra Sour" - dry-hopped with Citra hops!

The last time I reviewed a sour beer it was Driftwood's "De Auras" - a magnificent masterpiece.  But alas, not all sours are created equal.

Most of the beers I review here on THC get favourable ratings because the liquor store won't buy crappy beer, or at least not in the bomber format.  I'm really reviewing an industry segment where quality is top priority, so I have high expectations for these brews, and for the most part they don't disappoint.

In that light, Sucker Punch is not a *bad* beer, but the sour is more than a little over the top.  It is not subtle, and this is very much to Sucker Punch's detriment.  Usually I can identify fruity or floral overtones in hoppy beers, but with Sucker Punch the fruit notes are all under-ripened.  The sour of lemon without the flavour of lemon.  One wonders if they put some of that powder they coat sour gummies with in this beer!  (Note: they don't.  Rather, it's made with lactobacillus, a bacterium whose secretions are acidic.)

Perhaps this is an acquired taste.  I have no plans to acquire a taste for this stuff.  While it is definitely as advertised, sour, I found the experience wanting.

5.5%abv, about $6.50 in the bomber shown here. 

My rating: 5.5/10, and I think that's a bit generous.  Swans has some really good brews, unfortunately this isn't one of them.

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Russell Brewing's "Black Death" Porter is part of that brewery's "Brewmaster Series" and I can see why.

This is one of their finest brands.  It is a true English style porter: dark, heavy, caramelly, yeasty.  Pours deep chocolate brown with a thick, generous head.  Although not billed as chocolate porter, the chocolate and treacle aftertaste is strong but not unpleasant, and fades in a few seconds. And yet, for all its cocoa-caramel bluster, Black Death is not overly sweet.  Very nice.

6.5%abv, about $7 in the 650ml bomber shown here, if memory serves.  Available year-round.  My rating: 8.9/10.

I don't always drink porters but when I do...

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