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.
From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Reina De Fuego” Mexican Chocolate Porter. The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and chili peppers. The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, bitterness, chili peppers, coffee and earth. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 34. This beer is both sweet and spicy. If that does not appeal to your this may not be your beer but if if does then you need to pick this one up!
Commercial Description: A SMOOTH AND SWEET, MEDIUM BODIED PORTER FEATURING FLAVOURS OF CHOCOLATE AND TOFFEE, WITH A LIGHT HINT OF CHILI PEPPER HEAT ON THE FINISH.
Food Pairing as per brewery: MEXICAN CHOCOLATE, BRIE CHEESE, ROAST BEEF
From 4 Mile Brewing Co in Victoria comes their “Rice Pudding Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, hint of coffee and some sweetness. The flavour is of coffee, chocolate, bready and roasted malts, caramel, cinnamon, ash, earth and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 28. Not being a fan of rice pudding I would never have picked up this beer but when it was given it as a Christmas present it was game on. I’m happy to say that this was a very tasty and interesting porter and I plan on having it again.
Commercial Description: Not your grandma’s rice pudding. Fragrant , delicate spices of vanilla , cinnamon & clove mingle with brown rice to beguile. Round , plump lusciousness lingers. Speed date with elk game pie or frozen cherry cheesecake right from the tin container.
From Twa Dogs (Macaloney Brewers & Distillers) brewed at the Victoria Caledonian Brewery & Distillery comes their “Holy Willie’s Robust Porter”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and hints of coffee. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, ash, caramel and coffee. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 25. This is quite a tasty porter and I am happy it has made its way to the mainland now.
Commercial Description: Robert Burns’ ‘Holy Willie’s Prayer’ exists as one of the great satires of poetic creation; a prayer asking forgiveness but also for the strike of Hellfire against enemies. Holy Willie’s Robust Porter exists ‘Strong as a Rock’, Hellfire borrowed to roast the malts, but asks no forgiveness from the flock. Holy Willie begins life in two lands, with BC and British specialty barley, with malted & flaked oats; but He feels the fires below more than others and his passion quickly turns to the Dark Side. Holy Willie must first destroy the young malts, but he is brewed to bring balance to the craft. His IBU bitterness is hidden behind chocolate roasted malts, the swirling maelstrom of his character is bold yet creamy, acrid yet malty. This stout ale, this Robust Porter tells you “Look, I am your Father”.