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[Brick] Laker Ice @ 5.5% (Ontario, Canada) 473ml Can

This rusty coloured ice-filtered lager has a little more flavour than it's cold-filtered brother. It pours frothy but with no staying power in the head department. It's syrupy scent is much milder than it's brother as well.

Laker Ice startles your tongue and then melts away leaving you wondering if you indeed had a drink or if you haven't started yet. With a fairly solid amount of carbonation it still feels heavy and heady all at the same time. There isn't much aftertaste at first however it does start to grow with skunky ambition in the back of your mouth.

[Shock Top] Spiced Pumpkin Ale @ 5.2% in a 341ml Brown Bottle

It pours like a cream yet has very little head. The colours swirl between an opaque orange and an almost translucent yellow. There is an almost imperceptible smell of malt and pumpkin. The first drink is so very smooth and creamy with just a light dab of bitterness. The pumpkin is subtle and the flavours of this fine ale feather your tongue in the same swirling manner as it sits in the glass. After viewing the visibly violent bubbles as it stands, you will be surprised how unnoticeable they are when this ale slides down your gullet. The thick creaminess has a stunningly light body.

[Block 3] Sugar Bush Brown Ale @ 4.8%

[Block 3]Sugar Bush Brown Ale @ 4.8% in a 1.89L brown bottle

There is a deep red with a slight orangish tinge to this almost opaque ale. A pour reveals very little head and lends a singular sweet scent.

The first sip tells you that the carbonation level is high and the flavour pierces your tongue quickly leaving very little aftertaste. After the first sip, it mellows to a pleasantly mild flavoured ale.

[Shepherd Neame] Premium Spitfire Kentish Ale 4.5% 500ml Clear Bottle

This 'acquired taste' style ale is worth trying. It's probably the hoppiest ale I've ever tasted. Named after JR Mitchell's famous Spitfire aeroplane as it was used in World War 2 during the Battle of Britain. It plays out a pun, calling itself The Bottle of Britain.

While it says, "Since 1698," this ale wasn't brewed until 1990. I would guess the Shepherd Neame brewing started in 1698 and if this is important to you, please feel free to find out and let me know.

[Finca Flichman] Misterio Malbec 2013

My drink of choice is a fine Scotch but as the other reviews show I also occasionally imbibe beer, cider, and other liquid poisons. Some evenings or with red meat, I'll check out a red wine. I'm not an expert or even a true connoisseur. Consider me more or a lay man who likes to share and discuss.

MISTERIO
Malbec, 13.5% alc./vol.,
by Finca Flichman, Argentina

Post 5e Session Thoughts on Gaming

Castles & Crusades seemed to be an attempt to take D&D3e players into a AD&D1e style without the risks of low level play normally associated with old-school gaming. It cashed in on Gary Gygax and was a very useful tool to wean people from the raging behemoth that was 3e and open them to new ideas.

Hypo-Glycemia

What it's like to have a hypo-glycemic attack?

At first you feel weak and then you realize you're confused and can't focus. Time slips away as the shakes shatter your will. Sometimes you even lose the ability to speak and can just make gestures based on your limited awareness. You desperately put your hand to your mouth, hopefully alerting someone that you need sugar.

47 Ronin

I just finished watching the 2013 film, 47 Ronin.

I thought this movie stood up very well. The last time I dealt with a rendition of this story was in 2005 with the graphic novel Roninhood of the 47 Samurai. This movie brings the story more directly into the mainstream while seeming to keep the heart of it intact.

Four Parts of a Person

Introspectively you can break yourself down into four basic parts.

BODY
The body is muscles, valves, blood flow, and also your brain. It is the “embodiment” of your physical and mental potential including your capacity to learn. It's what's physical and is connected to your genetics.

HEART
Your heart is a ball of emotion, which like a sun, lashes out with solar flares from time to time. It is a highly reactive force that wafts left and right, up and down.

Aqua Vitae

Reviewing our libations.

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