From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario co-operatively brewed with Crannóg Ales of Sorrento BC comes their “Black Strap Boot Strapper Porter”. The beer pours a deep chestnut colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of molasses, coffee, chocolate and a sweet finish. The flavour is of molasses, chocolate, ash, roasted malts, plum, burnt coffee resin and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 30. The body was a bit on the thin side but the flavour was right on point!
Commercial Description: Blackstrap Bootstrapper is a classic British-style porter brewed with an addition of fairtrade organic blackstrap molasses. The recipe uses Challenger hops harvested from Left Fields, the certified organic farm on which Crannóg Ales stands, located in the sunny Shuswap region of BC.
Food pairing as per brewery: Beef, oyster and porter pie (British traditional pie), bacon-wrapped scallops on the BBQ, dark chocolate pudding.
From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their “Salted Chocolate Porter”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, mild roasted malts, caramel and salt. The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, ash, peat, earth, caramel and salt. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25. You don’t often find salt in a beer other than a Gose but this really worked.
Commercial Description: The first release in our illumination series, this Salted Chocolate Porter offers chocolate and vanilla aromas and a full body with rich chocolate flavours from a well-balanced combination of toasted and chocolate malts. While the addition of hand-harvested Pacific Ocean Fleur de Sel from Vancouver Island Salt Co. provides an intriguing flourish on the finish. It pours near black with a tan head and is a rich and robust brew sure to please classic porter lovers and adventurous imbibers alike.
From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Barrel Aged Maple Porter”. This beer was aged for 12 months in Pinot Noir Barrels. The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of red wine, chocolate, earth, roasted malts, caramel and maple. The flavour is of red wine, chocolate, caramel, toffee, maple, roasted malts and ash. The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 35. I was really happy to find this beer at a local liquor store in Vancouver as it is really complex and tasty.
Commercial Description: Our Award-Winning Maple flavored Porter. Aged for one year in oak barrels which previously held Pinot Noir from Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery. Expect strong notes of berries and dried fruit, combined with our dark, robust Porter.
From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Hawaiian Coconut Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of coconut, chocolate, roasted malts with a semi sweet finish. The flavour is of chocolate, coconut, roasted malts, earth and a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 32. This is an enjoyable porter with just enough going on to be a great choice for a standard fridge 6 pack.
Commercial Description: Like a trip to the Islands! We take a classic British porter and infuse it with fresh coconut.
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.