Saison Brett 2014 (Cellared 2 years 11 months)- Four Winds Brewing


From Four Winds Brewing in Delta comes their “Saison Brett 2014″ a beer that was bottled on September 25, 2014 and consumed on August 28, 2017.  The beer pours a very cloudy orange colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of brett funk, tropical fruit, yeast and a bit of sweetness.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, brett funk, earth, some astringency, yeast, earth and bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 28.  While the cork wanted to shoot off of the bottle like a rocket this beer was tasting really good still.  Just be very careful pouring a 2014 vintage.

Commercial Description:  Aged in Okanagan red wine barrels, our Brett Saison is invigorated by wild yeast strain Brettanomyces, inviting hues of straw and earth.

Barley Wine 2014 Vintage (Aged 2+ year) – Parallel 49 Brewing


From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their latest beer in their Barrel Aged series the “Barley Wine” 2014 Vintage aged from December 2014 to January 2017.  The beer pours a deep cloudy brown amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of brown sugar, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, oak with an overall sweetness in the finish.  The flavour is of brown sugar, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, anise, chocolate, vanilla, oak, earth, bitterness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 61.  This is the third and last bottle of this vintage that I had and it is tasting more and more smooth.

Commercial Description:  The granddaddy of English ales, this beer pours a tawny amber and boasts a huge mat flavour. Aging in whiskey barrels for 10 months has added a woody vanilla note that will age beautifully. This beer begs to be cellared.

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Pentagram 2014 Vintage – Surly Brewing Co


From Brooklyn Center Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Co comes their “Pentagram” 2014 Vintage a beer that was opened 2 years after its release in 2016.  This beer is a 100% Brettanomyces fermented beer.  The beer pours a deep reddish orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of vinegar, cherry, earth, oak, wine and funk but is a bit understated.  The flavour is of notes of vinegar to start with cherry, berries, some brett funk, oak, wine and maybe a hint of tobacco.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.66%.  I was expecting an overly sour beer when I poured this beer but it was fairly subdued.  This is a sour beer that you could easily drink a bunch of (If you could get a bunch).

Commercial Description:  100% Brettanomyces dark beer, fermented in stainless and aged in used red wine barrels. “Brett” is a unique yeast strain that produces flavors that would be offensive if they weren’t intentional. Flavors of sour cherry, tobacco, oak, and classic “Brett” barnyard funk, balanced by Dark Munich malt chewiness. Enjoy immediately or age at cellar temperature for a couple years.

Barley Wine 2014 Vintage (Aged 1 year) – Parallel 49 Brewing


From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their latest beer in their Barrel Aged series the “Barley Wine” 2014 Vintage aged from December 2014 to December 2015.  The beer pours a deep cloudy amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, sweetness, caramel malts, vanilla, chocolate and vanilla.  The flavour is of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, sweetness, earth, anise, chocolate and mild booze.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 61.  This is tasting different than when it was fresh but it is still tasting awesome!

Commercial Description:  The granddaddy of English ales, this beer pours a tawny amber and boasts a huge mat flavour. Aging in whiskey barrels for 10 months has added a woody vanilla note that will age beautifully. This beer begs to be cellared.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout 2014 – Goose Island Beer Company (Aged 1 Year+)


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “ Bourbon County Brand Stout”.  This beer has been aged in bourbon barrels and bottled on August 8th, 2014.  Don’t let the fact that AB InBev purchased this brewery in 2011 keep you away from this brew as it would be a serious mistake.  The beer pours a deep opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consist of chocolate, toffee, anise, brown sugar, vanilla and some oak.  The flavour is of anise, chocolate, toffee, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, roasted malts, brown sugar, some bitterness and an alcohol finish.  The beer comes in at 14.4% alcohol and an IBU of 60.  Your bottle of Bourbon County very well could be different than this as with a blended barrel aged beer there will be variation of alcohol content and the USA tests beer to ensure correct labeling.  The 2014 edition much like the first ever bottle I had last year from the 2013 vintage was amazing.  I would recommend anyone that likes big stouts to try this beer if they can get their hands on it!

Commercial Description:  Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer.

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