En Rouge (Barley Wine) – Steel & Oak Brewing

From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their “En Rouge (Barley Wine)” a Barley Wine aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels.  The beer pours a deep chestnut brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, oak, dark cherry, red wine, roasted malts and some leather.  The flavour is of dark cherries, dark fruits, plum, red wine, oak, caramel, roasted malts, leather and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 15.  This Barley Wine tastes great with nice notes of red wine that do not overpower the essence of what a barley wine is.

Check out the En Blanc Barley Wine aged in Chardonnay Barrels.

Commercial Description: En Blanc and En Rouge are the same 10% abv barley wine fermented with wine yeast, and aged for a year in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels respectively. En Blanc is described as having notes of “vanilla, coconut, apricot, peach, molasses and fruitcake with a touch of citrus,” while En Rouge offers “black currant, dark cherry, leather, tobacco, plum and dates.”

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Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale – Elysian Brewing

Limited Edition

From Elysian Brewing out of Seattle Washington comes the “Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale” the 8th beer in the 12 beers of the apocalypse series.  This is a single batch limited edition series of beer where they release a new beer every month of 2012.  I was lucky enough to find this amazing beer on tap at St Augustine’s on Commercial Drive in Vancouver.  The orange juice…. I mean beer pours a nice cloudy orange with a small white head.  Did I mention this beer looks like orange juice?  The beer smells heavily of oranges with a floral hint.  The taste is wonderful with a heavy orange flavor from the blood oranges with some orange peel, malts and a nice hops hit.  This is not a sweet beer but more on the tart side.  The beer comes in at an alcohol content of 7.25% none of which shows in the flavor of the beer.  Another beer that I hate to see is only every being brewed once as it is amazing.