Steve’s Beer Advent Calendar Day 7 – Dive Bomb – Powell Brewery


Vancouver, BC’s Powell Brewery, Dive Bomb, a dark ale.

It pours an almost perfectly opaque black, held to the light there are deep mahogany highlights. The head is a nice light khaki with very fine bubbles.

The nose is almost leathery with a slight cola note.

The flavours include beautifully bitter cocoa powder, dark toffee and burnt caramel. It is very dry, giving a champagne impression. The body is dense but the very fizzy carbonation makes feel light.

Commercial description:

This far Ale is surprisingly light and refreshing and sessionable. Flavours of caramel, toffee, chocolate and nuts are complimented with holding hops that add just the right amount of bitterness and a slight floral aroma.

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Working Class Hero Dark Mild – Riot Brewing


From Riot Brewing in Chemainus on Vancouver Island comes their “Working Class Hero Dark Mild”.  The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts and sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, nuts, caramel, chocolate, mild earth, sweetness and a low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 3.8% with an IBU of 14.  You have to love a good mild ale that is full of flavour and this one is just that!

Witching Hour Dark Pumpkin – Torque Brewing


From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Witching Hour Dark Pumpkin”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of pimpkin, cinnamon, allspice, mild roasted malts and some residual sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, earth, caramel, toffee and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 30.  With so many pumpkin beers being overrated this one stands out in the pack.

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Midnight Peach Dark Ale – Tin Whistle Brewing


From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Midnight Peach Dark Ale”.  The beer pours a very deep copper colour almost brown with a tan head.  The aroma consists of peaches, caramel and honey and chocolate.  The flavour is of peaches, honey, caramel, chocolate, some roasted malts and maybe a hint of earth and coffee.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%.  Who would have thought that chocolate and peaches would go so well together?  Oh wait that is a gimme.  This is a tasty new release from Tin Whistle Brewing and would go very well with desert.

Commercial Description:  Straight from the Okanagan comes this unique blended beer with hints of chocolate and caramelized honey combined with succulent peaches to create a full bodied dark fruit ale.

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