STR8 FLEXIN’ IMPERIAL STOUT – Twin Sails Brewing


Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody is getting a name for their experimental IPA’s but that’s not all they are experimenting with as this “STR8 FLEXIN’ IMPERIAL STOUT”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, oats, chocolate and sweetness.  The flavour is of chocolate, coffee, ash, roasted malts, toffee, mild soy sauce and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 40.  While I love what Twin Sails Brewing is doing with their IPA’s this was an epic new imperial stout to hit the local market!

Commercial Description:  Str8 Flexin’ is our biggest to date and it certainly stands up to the title. Weighing in at a massive 11% ABV, Str8 Flexin’ is about as big as an Imperial Stout gets. The body is BIG and the carb is low leaving the mouth feel silky and rich. Huge aromas of chocolate fudge on the nose and balanced roasted espresso and vanilla flavours round out the palette.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew with Stout (Darkling Oatmeal Stout – Cannery Brewing)


With it being the season for St Patrick’s Day I decided I wanted to make a stew with a stout in an nod to Irish tradition.  I did a search and came up with this recipe from the Food Network as my source.

Ingredients List:

2 Pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces unpeeled
1 Pound peeled carrots cut into 1 inch pieces
2 Large Onions finely chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
2 tablespoons parsley fresh
12oz of stout (Darkling Oatmeal Stout – Cannery Brewing)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
One 4 pound boneless beef chuck roast trimmed and cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 cups chicken broth

In your slow cooker place the potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, parsley, stout, olive oil, brown sugar and tomato paste.

In a bowl mix flower, salt and pepper.

Take your cut steak and place it into the flour mix.  Coat them and shake off the excess.

In a medium sized skillet melt the butter and canola oil over medium to high heat.  Sear the batches of beef for aprox 2 minutes and place them into the crock pot.

Once all of the beef is all cooked add 1 cup of chicken broth into the skillet and scrape all of the leftovers and then drain it into the stew.

Next add the last two cups of chicken broth to the slow cooker and cover it.  Cook on high for 6 hours.

And here is the finished product.  This is a hearty stew for sure.

While I have probably had better stews this one did not take a ton of time to prepair and it was ready to eat when I got home.  I enjoyed it and I will all week!

Lamb of God Sour Stout – Green Leaf Brewing Co


From North Vancouver’s Green Leaf Brewing Co at Lonsdale Quay comes their “Lamb Of God Sour Stout” a barrel aged sour stout.  I think this bottle was of the 2016 Vintage but I am not sure.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of tartness, mild roasted malts, cherry, sweetness and a hint of ash.  The flavour is of cherry, tartness, roasted malts, burnt coffee chocolate, ash, hint of oak and earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 15.  This newer vintage of Lamb of God has much more tartness than it did back in 2015 and was as such more enjoyable.  Check it out if you get a chance.

 

Root Beer Milk Stout – Russell Brewing


From Surrey’s Russell Brewing comes their “Root Beer Milk Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of sarsaparilla, chocolate, sweetness and basically all of what root beer is.  The flavour is of chocolate, sarsaparilla, toffee, lactose, earth, anise and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 30.  Being a milk stout I am surprised to say that this is not overly sweet as I find most root beers that way.  I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did as I am not really a root beer fan.

Commercial Description:  Celebrate the winter months with this Russell Root Beer Stout. This dark elixir will provide you with the best, feet-up-by-the-fire-job-well-done feeling a brewer could dream up. It combines the outstanding flavours of chocolate and roasted malts with the traditional flavours of sassafras. The addition of lactose provides the sweet and creamy mouthfeel that the traditional milk stout is known for…but with a twist.

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Hammer Oak Aged Imperial Stout – Phillips Brewing Company


From Phillips Brewing Company in Victoria BC comes their “Hammer Oak Aged Imperial Stout”.  The beer pours a deep opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, toffee and licorice.  The flavour is of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, toffee, licorice, ash, coffee and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.3%.  Not as heavy as some imperial stouts but it packs great flavour punch still.

Commercial Description:  Pours a deep earthy brown colour with a caramel-coloured head. Aromas of sweet bourbon and vanilla lead to a full-bodied, roasted flavour profile wrapped in soft bourbon with hints of dark chocolate.

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