A.E. Cross Barley Wine Barrel Aged – Last Best Brewing & Distilling


From Last Best Brewing & Distilling in Calgary Alberta comes their second ever bottled beer the “A.E. Cross Barley Wine Barrel Aged” the second of their Lineage Series.  For the second release they split the beer into two versions one unoaked and then this one that was barrel aged for 10 Months in Alberta Rye Whiskey Barrels.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee and sweetness.  The flavour is of brown sugar, dark fruits, stone fruits, toffee, honey, oak, rye whiskey, sweetness, mild bitterness and some alcohol in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 25.  Not having access to Last Best Brewing and having only tried their two barrel aged beers so far I have a very high opinion of this brewery so far.  This beer was very well crafted and amazingly full of flavour.

Commercial Description:  With our 2nd lineage release, we pay homage to a prairie legend with our riff on a classic style. The Alfred Ernest Goss Barley Wine uses locally sourced barley wheat, and rye as a fitting tribute to the founder of Calgary Brewing & Malting and the embodiment of the Last Best West.  We split this release into two: one unoaked and one aged for 10 months in 100% Alberta rye whiskey barrels Layered with subtle, integrated oak and a developing rye spiciness, this beer is characterized by its sweet caramel and barley malt base alcohol warmth, hints of dark fruit and a touch of light malted wheat Serve it at cellar temperature and age for years to come.

 

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Honest Paul IPA – Brewsters Brewing Company


From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Honest Paul IPA”.  The beer pours a copper orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, floral hops, orange and citrus.  The flavour is of caramel, citrus, tropical fruit, herbal and medium hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 70.  Event with an IBU of 70 I would call this more of an English IPA.  You would not go wrong having a six pack of this in your fridge for a rainy day.

Commercial Description: Pour a tall drink and tell some tall tales with Honest Paul IPA, a refreshing ale with a hoppy bite that will bring out your inner storyteller.

52nd Street Peach Ale – Brewsters Brewing Company


From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “52nd Street Peach Ale”.  The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of peach, bready and grainy malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of lots of peaches, candied fruit, bready malts and a low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 15.  This beer really delivers on the Peach flavour and if you like a good peach beer this one will definitely appeal to you.

Commercial Description:  So popular it’s become a full time brew! This crisp refreshing wheat beer has just a touch of sweet peachy goodness.

Hawaiian Coconut Porter – Brewsters Brewing Company


From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Hawaiian Coconut Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of coconut, chocolate,  roasted malts with a semi sweet finish.  The flavour is of chocolate, coconut, roasted malts, earth and a very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 32.  This is an enjoyable porter with just enough going on to be a great choice for a standard fridge 6 pack.

Commercial Description:  Like a trip to the Islands! We take a classic British porter and infuse it with fresh coconut.

 

Blue Monk Bourbon Barley Wine 2016 – Brewsters Brewing Company


From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Blue Monk Bourbon Barley Wine” a bottle from the 2016 vintage.  The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of bourbon, oak, toffee, caramel, booze, candied sugar and dark fruits.  The flavour is of bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, treacle, dark fruit, earth, mild roast and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 60.  While I cant say that I have had a huge amount of Brewsters beers I feel comfortable saying this is the best beer that Brewsters makes.  If you find this beer buy more than one bottle for sure!

Commercial Description:  The 2016 edition of Blue Monk Barley Wine aged for 3 months in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.  After a bit of research with the brewery I have found out that the barrels are a mix of Woodford Reserve and Heaven Hill Barrels.

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