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Across The Nation Swift Currant | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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3.5/5
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33 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada
centralcitybrewing.com

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Yukon – Yukon Brewing Company: Swift Currant Dark Ale – Community plays a large role in Yukon life. This comes from the long winters and breathtaking wilderness surrounding. Taking a dark and warming beer style with local inspiration of black currents we have come out with a beer that truly represents the people of the Yukon.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
33
pDev:
6.86%
 
 
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Gots:
6
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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by ThinkAgain:
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Niceroad77
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Poljazz22
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish dark colour with a beige head. There is some persistent lacing.
Smells of toasted malts and coffee.
Tastes like a stout with some extra acidity from the black currents.
I'm afraid this is a fail for me. I feel the blackcurrants add too much acidity and detracts from the the nicely done mix of malts. Still I'm glad i tried it.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown body, with just a faint amount of light brown head that quickly drops off. The aroma profile is fairly light, but what does come over includes char, dark fruit, and a bit of berry. The taste is interesting, with a light tartness at the front of the palate followed by light currant flavours, some smokiness, and maybe some really light coffee. A bit thin on the body, but that should be expected for such a low ABV. It still isn't that bad, but I would not buy it for myself.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BCborn
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StormAles
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of derdtheterd
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ewpass
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown-red colour with good head and lacing, fruit and roasted malt nose, light body with some crispness and a bit sour from the black currants.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a large light brown foamy head with light retention. Aroma of light roasted malt with sweet currant notes is OK. Taste is a mix of light roasted malt with sweet currant notes with more residual sugar then I was expecting. Body is light with good carbonation. Not bad but not memorable either.

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Photo of Sammy
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; one of six brews in their "Across the Nation Collaboration (West)" sampler. Bottled Mar 15 2017 and served well chilled.

Pours a dark reddish-burgundy, deep-hued yet translucent, with one finger of creamy, light beige-tinted head initially situated atop. It lasts for the better part of five minutes, dissipating into a full, frothy collar and bubbly cap; a fine coat of smooth lacing is also produced. Fruit beers can be a tough sell for me, but this one is objectively gorgeous. I'm getting subtle hints of dark chocolate and toasted, caramelized malts on the nose, but with plenty of fruity blackcurrant character to help this brew live up to its name. Suggestions of black cherries, red grape and blackberry, with a faint hint of tartness; very nice.

Dark malt flavours of caramel, toasted grains and hints of chocolate are present, but mostly overshadowed by the marquee ingredient - which imparts notes of dark fruit confiture, as well as a slight overall tartness to the profile. I'm still getting black cherry and blackberry mixed in with the currant, with maybe a bit of raisin and cherry pit in there, too. Finishes tart and fruity, but dries out thereafter. Light-bodied, with middling carbonation levels that inflict some gentle agitation on the palate; the texture is not exactly crisp, nor is it particularly smooth, but it's easy enough to pour down the hatch.

Final Grade: 3.83, a B+. Swift Currant made for a pretty good quaff - and by fruit beer standards I'd say it's probably a little better than most - though in the interest of transparency, I'll mention that I like blackcurrants, and that they're one of the few fruits (of those sometimes added in the brewing process) that I always seem to enjoy in the finished product. So while I do like this one, its still not perfect - e.g. the malt backbone could stand to be beefed up a bit. I'd happily drink this again, but it's probably not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of Electros
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, part of the Across the Nation collaboration pack with 12 different Canadian breweries, one from each province and territory, all in celebration of our country's 150th birthday. This one involves Yukon's, um Yukon Brewing, and is a dark ale made with black currants.

This beer pours a murky, kind of dark red-brick brown colour, with four fingers of fluffy, rocky, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some splendid, thickly webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of well roasted caramel malt, a further indistinct graininess, bittersweet cocoa powder, some mild bland nuttiness, and very subtle black fruity notes. The taste is actually quite fruity up front, with the slightly acidic currants coming through, before a still rather toasty caramel maltiness, oily nuts, medium dark chocolate, and some additional free-range ashiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and more or less smooth, once you get past the acerbity of that dark fruity character. It finishes off-dry, but not by much - the fruit and nutty cocoa essences ruling the roost.

Overall, this comes off as a sort of disjointed brew, with the berry flavour not really meshing all that well with the roast and sundry other notes. Not bad, just hard to get into, is what I'm fumbling around, trying to say.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Produced barely a half finger of head that did produce ample lace while it was there, but disappeared before the one quarter mark. The body is a slightly red tinged dark brown that's nearly black. When put up to the light you can just barely see some thin but fast moving carbonation along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Berry taste up front, which I presume are currants with a background note of toasted toffee malt and a hint of tobacco. Warming really helps bring this one out.

Taste: Starts with mild toasted toffee malt with a fruit note which then makes a powerful acidic presence known as currant and blackberry comes forward and nearly drowns out the barest hints of dark chocolate before a toasted burnt malt and coffee touch brings it to a fairly balanced end.

Mouthfeel: A bit low on the carbonation, as points deducted for the lack of head and it's relatively sedate presence. Despite being acidic, it doesn't overwhelm with it's tartness and it does leave a mild berry aftertaste with a hint of mild roasted malt. It's a bit of an odd beast, it transitions well enough, but the fruit seems to almost overwhelm a lot of the beer aspects.

Drinkability: Medium bodied and more on the lighter side which is a pleasant surprise. Low carbonation make it easy to drink but lacking in both crispness and creaminess. Very refreshing and it doesn't wholly abandon it's beer aspects in the face of it's fruitiness.

Final Thoughts: A solid and unique offering, as the darker often bitter aspects are very tightly caged by acidic fruit. It does answer my fruit beer question (that being why not just brew a cider/fruit wine) with the answer of I want dark beer aspects, but I want them reigned in somehow with a unique flavour but not quite overwhelm them entirely. I don't think I'd seek it out again, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down by any means. Thumbs up.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Exeter
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the lcbo for around $2

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Photo of kelvarnsen
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Across The Nation Swift Currant from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 33 ratings