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.

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Barleywine Barrel Aged – Black Bridge Brewery


From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Barleywine Barrel Aged”.  The beer pours a deep reddish copper with a tan head.  The aroma consists of candied sugar, sweetness, toffee, dark fruits, red wine, oak and vanilla.  The flavour is of dark fruits, candied sugar, red wine, toffee, oak, fairly low bitterness and a mild alcohol burn to finish it off.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 35.  I am a massive fan of Barleywine’s and this one is really enjoyable.  I am glad I was able to pick up a few cans while in Saskatchewan.

Commercial Description: Barrel aged for 10 months in recently emptied red wine barrels. Our Barleywine begins with a beautiful port and wet oak aroma, which translates into a luscious, warming mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated with a strong amount of bitterness to balance out the bold dark cherry, red wine, and brandy flavours.

Scarlet Red Rye Ale (Barley Wine) 2017 – Steamworks Brewing


From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Scarlet Red Rye Ale” a Rye Barley Wine that is part of their 2017 Barrel Aged series.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of rye malts and rye whiskey, oak, red wine, dark fruits and some sweetness.  The flavour is of  rye malts and whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, red wine, sweetness, low bitterness and an alcohol note.  The alcohol content comes in at a healthy 9.5%.  This is probably the breweries most complex beer to date and I really enjoyed it.  This beer has some good aging potential also.

Commercial Description:  This robust Rye Barley Wine was carefully aged for months in Woodford Reserve rye barrels resulting in a vibrant red brew we fittingly named Scarlet. With rich flavours and a warming finish, it’s perfect for rainy days.

Double IPA – Black Bridge Brewery


From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Double IPA”.  The brew pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops as well as citrusy orange fruity notes, tropical fruit and some sweetness.  The flavour is of citrus, orange, tropical fruit, caramel, resin, pine, sweetness, hops bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%.  Now we are talking!  This is a really well crafted Double IPA and would fit in anywhere on the West Coast!

Commercial Description:  This Double IPA will knock your socks off at 8.5%. The addition of Mosaic hops gives a healthy dose of tropical fruit in the aroma and a juicy finish that lingers long on your tongue.

Full Patch Pumpkin Ale – Longwood Brewery


From Nanaimo’s Longwood Brewery comes their “Full Patch Pumpkin Ale”.  The beer pours a brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of pumpkin, spices, toffee, anise and some sweetness.  The flavour is of pumpkin, spices, toffee, anise, dark fruits, roasted malts, mild smoke, sweetness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 30.  I have been a bit burnt out with pumpkin beers over the last few years but this one is a nice take on the style and I am quite happy I gave it a try.

Commercial Description:  This seasonal, Belgian Style Saison is not for the faint of heart. Born in a pumpkin patch and raised in the brewery, this 9% bad boy is not your grandma’s pumpkin pie. Eight slaughtered pumpkins and a whole lotta spice were boiled in a cauldron of barley, hops and anything else we could find lying around. Fly orange with full patch.