A nice touch is the two separate serving temperatures for the beers: 53º and 38º F. The Copper Bock weighs in at 1074 original gravity (OG) and finishes with 8.3% alcohol by weight (ABW). With a dark amber color, the flavor is a smooth malty sweet with a slightly alcohol finish. The Jameson's Scottish Ale, 6% and 1058, is also a dark amber color, with its complex malty flavors, smooth mouthfeel and clean finish; it goes down all too well. The Ogden Porter, 5% & 1050, has a medium body, very dry but smooth dark malts character and a short dry finish. The Tsarist Imperial Stout, 7.75% & 1072, gives a creamy mouthfeel with its full body and accompanying very smooth roasted and dark malt flavors. The C&B Toasted Ale offers a hop over malt flavor balance combining crisp dry hops and toasted pale malts. The mouthfeel and finish are notably smooth. The Mitchell's ESB begins with a clear amber color and follows with a nice malty presence leading to underlying hops. The IPA is more of a dark straw color with fine bubbles, a light pale malty flavor with hops dominating the late flavor and finish. The Spinnakers Ale is one of the few served at 38º and at 4% and 1042 OG; it's one of the lighter brews. Gold in color, with fine bubbles, the light pale malt flavor comes across sweet with late hops in the finish.
No cigars or pipes are allowed in the restaurant section. The Appetizer menu is dominated by seafood. Salads, Soups, and Burgers support the Specialties that also emphasize seafood, all of which are tender and flavorful, ranging in price from $9 to $17. BC and California wines are available along with coffees, teas, and cider. Combine all the attractive features of Spinnaker's with the fact that the US dollar is worth so much in Canada and there is little reason not to make a special visit to our neighbor to the north.
308 Catherine Street
Victoria, B.C., V9A 3S8
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - May 1997
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