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.
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of bourbon, oak, chocolate, toffee and vanilla with a sweet finish. The flavour is of bourbon, oak, tannins, earth, roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, chocolate, vanilla, tofffee, caramel and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5%. While I prefer my Russian Imperial Stouts sweet this one is very well executed and well worth picking up multiple bottles.
Commercial Description: Bomber Brewing in Vancouver BC has announced the release of a special limited version of their Russian Imperial Stout that has been aged for over six months in Heaven Hill Distillery bourbon barrels.
From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Forty Fathoms Imperial Spiced Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, toffee and spiced rum and a sweet finish. The flavour is of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, earth, spiced rum, bitterness and some mild alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 7.7% with an IBU of 30. This is a really interesting brew with the ginger and spiced rum flavours really dominating the flavour.
Commercial Description: This limited release is a blend of dark specialty grains complimented by spices of ginger, vanilla, cardamon and cinnamon. Dark and cold is forty fathoms deep, let the alcohol keep you warm with rich tones of chocolate, toffee, dried fruit and hints of spiced rum.
From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “Anno 2017″ a Strong Golden Ale brewed with Okanagan Pear and Coriander and conditioned with Brettanomyces. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pear, mild funk, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of pears, coriander, citrus rind, spice, yeast, mild funk and a bitterness that round it out. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%. This is a great beer every year but this years addition of Brettanomyces Claussenii will ensure this beer ages amazingly well and changes over time. This bottle conditioned beer is already tasting amazing though.
Commercial Description: Our annual celebratory year-end beer is slightly different this year. As always, it is a strong, golden ale brewed with Okanagan pears and Indian coriander. But this year, we have added Brettanomyces claussenii, a strain of yeast that brings funky, fruity flavours to the beer and slowly develops over time in the bottle, preserving the freshness of the beer and adding layers of complexity as it ages. Anno 2017 is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.
From Belgiums Brasserie d’Achouffe we have Houblon Chouffe.
This beer pours a slightly hazy … honestly it’s the colour of sour mandarin orange gummy candy. The head is fluffy, snowy white like a good powder day on the ski hill.
The nose has sour mandarin as well. A slight hay smell and fresh grass are quite inviting.
The hop bitterness really leads the flavours. Sour mandarin comes behind and there are nice floral notes of earl grey tea. The carbonation is noticeable on the tongue but not pushy.
“The gnomes of Fairyland may be little, but they have big, very big, personalities. HOUBLON CHOUFFE matches their impish spirits. All gnomes, with their innate good taste, are in full agreement about HOUBLON CHOUFFE, which is flavoured by three different types of hops. This India Pale Ale is appreciated for its pronounced bitterness combined with the fruity tones of traditional Achouffe beers: it softens the strongest of characters.”