Swirl Imperial Stout – Wren House Brewing


From Wren House Brewing in Phoenix Arizona comes their “Swirl Imperial Stout”.  The beer pours a deep black colour with a big brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, sweetness maybe from lactose.  The flavor is of chocolate, vanilla, some roasted malts, caramel, toffee, hint of coffee and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 13% but you would never guess it.  This beer is definitely best after dinner to be enjoyed for desert.  This is a great imperial stout with so much flavour.

Commercial Description:  SWIRL is a brand new imperial stout from us; 13% with a suuuper thick body and jam packed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, and sugar cone. We think it tastes exactly like a swirl cone!

Xocoveza – Stone Brewing


From Stone Brewing in Escondido California comes their “Xocoveza” an Imperial Stout inspired by Mexican Hot Chocolate.  The beer pours a deep black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of milk chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, spices and some sweetness.  The flavour is of milk chocolate, toffee, coffee, cinnamon, roasted malts, spices and some sweetness.   The alcohol content comes in at 8.1% with an IBU of 50.  This is my first every chance to try this beer and I really liked it.  I had once smelled it as a bottle jumped out of my car and smashed on the ground.   That was a sad day indeed!

Commercial Description:  There’s nothing like making a beer so beloved that people feel compelled to campaign for its return. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, we are very pleased to give our fans the number one item on their wish lists. As illustrated by the avalanche of social media requests, that is Stone Xocoveza, an insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate brewed with cocoa, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. First brewed in 2014 with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker after his recipe won our annual homebrew competition, this imperial stout is layered with smooth roastiness, semisweet chocolate and a touch of spice. Thanks entirely to you, this creamy, mocha stout has gone from initially being a one-time offering to a yearly tradition. Happy holidays from all of us to all of you…and feel free to continue enjoying it long into the spring and summer, as this gem will age beautifully and is definitely not exclusive to the winter season!

For food and cigar pairings head to Stone Brewing’s site.

Mapalé Milk Stout – Andina Brewing Company


From Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver comes their “Mapalé Milk Stout”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, lactose, toffee and caramel.  The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, toffee, nutty, lactose, earth and some low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 29.  You have to love a well made Milk Stout and I would have to say this one fits the bill.

 

Extortionist Hazelnut Espresso Stout – Tin Whistle Brewing


From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Extortionist Hazelnut Espresso Stout”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of espresso, chocolate, hazelnut, roasted malts and sweetness.  The flavour is of big espresso notes, burnt malts, hazelnut, sweet toffee, chocolate and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 35.  This is a really enjoyable Stout with a ton of flavour keep up the good work Tin Whistle Brewing.

Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged 2017 – Steamworks Brewing


From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged”  part of their 2017 Barrel Aged series.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of bourbon, chocolate, treacle, anise, oak, vanilla, roasted malts and alcohol.  The flavour is of bourbon, milk chocolate, anise, treacle, toffee, roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, oak, vanilla, mild bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.5%.  Julia knocked it out of the park once again with this release!  This is exactly what I want out of an Imperial Stout.

Commercial Description:  Aged for months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels., This Imperial Stout pours near black with a thick tan head.  It’s a powerful beer perfect for immediate enjoyment or further maturing.