From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Table Beer Series #1 Red Wine Barrel Brown 2016″. As the brewery puts it this is the Beer of Wine Country. The beer pours a very deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of a ton of red wine, roasted malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of red wine, roasted malts, nuts, earth, chocolate, cherry, berries and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%. I do not always know what to expect from Wine barrel aged beers but this was a fantastic, enjoyable brew!
From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Blue Monk Bourbon Barley Wine” a bottle from the 2016 vintage. The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of bourbon, oak, toffee, caramel, booze, candied sugar and dark fruits. The flavour is of bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, treacle, dark fruit, earth, mild roast and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 60. While I cant say that I have had a huge amount of Brewsters beers I feel comfortable saying this is the best beer that Brewsters makes. If you find this beer buy more than one bottle for sure!
Commercial Description: The 2016 edition of Blue Monk Barley Wine aged for 3 months in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. After a bit of research with the brewery I have found out that the barrels are a mix of Woodford Reserve and Heaven Hill Barrels.
Victoria’s Driftwood Brewing releases a very limited release Russian Imperial Stout every year in the winter months. This beer is called “Singularity 2017”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of bourbon, oak, chocolate, toffee, roasted malts and some ash. The flavour is of and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 13.2%. This beer is always a winner and they have really outdone themselves this year. If you can find this beer make sure to pick up a few bottles so you can age at least one.
Commercial Description: Beer of infinite density. Massive, rich coffee and chocolate flavour mingle with the vanilla and dried fruit. A beer to be shared and savoured. Can be cellared. Enjoy with (or as) dessert!
From Burlington, Ontario’s Nickel Brook brewed by Better Bitters Brewing Co. comes their “Kentucky Bastard” a bourbon barrel aged version of the Bolshevik Bastard Russian Imperial Stout. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, toffee, coffee, dark fruits, earth, bourbon, vanilla, oak and sweetness. The flavour is of chocolate, coffee, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, brown sugar, oak, earth, ash, bitterness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 14.5% with an IBU of 70. Not that I have had a ton of beers from Nickel Brook but I have to say that this beer is by far their best beer and I would love to have it again soon!
Commercial Description: We kicked it up a notch with our Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout,aging it in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The rich chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavours from our Imperial Stout are married together with the vanilla, oak and warming alcohol from bourbon barrels. Together as one,the result is an incredible blend of aroma and taste. Drink it today, or cellar it to enjoy later as it matures. Cheers!
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Bourbon Barrel-Aged Choqlette Porter” 2017 Vintage. The beer pours a deep black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, toffee and hints of bourbon. The flavour is of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, mild bourbon, oak, roasted malts, ash, coffee, mild bitterness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 18. While the base beer is really tasty this one makes it pale in comparison. They hit it out of the park with this one.
Commercial Description: BOURBON BARREL-AGED CHOQLETTE PORTER: After six months in Bardstown’s Heaven Hill Distillery bourbon barrels, our Choqlette Porter has transformed into a whole new beer. Vanilla and oak notes marry wonderfully with the Choqlette’s roasty, dark chocolate undertones and the time spent on wood has imparted a well-rounded silkiness to its mouthfeel. Choqlette Porter was a love letter in a bottle from the brewer to his wife, so this evolution seems a most fitting Valentine.