From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Toasted Coconut Black Lager”. The beer pours a deep brown to black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of coconut, chocolate, coffee and sweetness. The flavour is of coffee, coconut, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, earth and some resin. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 32. Field House Brewing makes some interesting beers and this one is no different. Keep up the good work in Abbotsford.
Commercial Description: Brewed as a traditional schwarzbier, this easy-drinking, crisp, DARK LAGER has hints of chocolate and coffee as well as our own addition of toasted coconut, bringing complexity and character to this German style black beer.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Mr Fungi Chaga Black Lager” a beer with Chaga Mushrooms. The beer pours a chestnut brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of earth, chocolate, mild roasted malts and biscuit malts. The flavour is of mild roasted malts, biscuit malts, chocolate, mild coffee, nuts and some earth. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 10. This is a really fun and tasty dark lager and comes in at a very sessionable ABV! Don’t let the mushroom scare you if you don’t like them as it does not taste like mushrooms.
Commercial Description: Mr Fungi is a crisp, dry rice lager coloured with the trendy ‘new’ superfood chaga mushrooms! Native to the Northern Hemisphere, we take locally grown chaga mushrooms and turn them into a thick, black tea which we add to our brew. Notes of coffee, earth and flower power. Real groovy stuff man! Give out some free hugs, start a drum circle and enjoy friend.
From Miyoshi in the Iruma District of Japan comes their “Shikkoku Black Lager”. The beer pours a deep brown to black colour with a tan head. The aroma consist of roasted malts, toffee and some sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, mild earth, sweetness and very mild hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. While not one of my favourite black lagers this was still pretty good.
Commercial Description: Shikkoku is a Japanese word that evokes the jet-black color of onyx, perfect for this enchantingly dark, slow-aged brew marked by an elegant, mellow flavor profile. Enigmatic shadows contrast sharply with the brightness of its fine, tea-colored head, while the fragrance of aromatic hops delights the nose. The types of black malt join six other malt varieties for a black lager that is smooth, light, and balanced- never cloying. Japan proudly offers this dark jewel to stand among the best dark beers in the world.
From Phillips Brewing Company out of Victoria BC comes their Bavarian Dark Lager “Dr Funk Dunkel”. The beer pours a black almost cola like colour with a nice tan head. There was not very much aroma on this beer on tap other than a very mild roasted malts. The flavour of the beer on the other hand was full with roasted malts, some coffee, nuts, caramel and maybe a hint of chocolate. This was a very enjoyable lager. The alcohol content of the beer sits at 5%.
From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewery comes “Hermann’s Dark Lager”. This Lager is named after one of the breweries first brewmasters who was Bavarian and uses his German recipe. The beer pours a deep black with a brownish head. The smell of the beer is very malty with some coffee notes. The flavor of the beer is very high on the malts with some creamieness and coffee with a light hops hit. To me this beer is the Stout of Lagers! The beer sits at a 5.5% alcohol content. This beer won an award this year for top black lager in Canada or something to that effect. This is a very good black lager and I can not wait to pick it up again.