From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Dark Side Russian Imperial Stout” from the December 2016 Vintage a beer I have had in my cellar for a year. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, pine and some floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, earth, ash, caramel, toffee, pine, resin and alcohol with bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 9.9% with an IBU of 40. I wish this was not my last bottle in my cellar as it was really tasty and had aged well loosing its almost Imperial Black IPA notes.
From Powell Brewery in East Vancouver comes their “Murder” a Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter aged for 24 months in American oak. This was a single barrel release. The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of vanilla, bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, caramel, creamy and sweetness. The flavour is of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, oak, mild roasted malts, dark fruits, sweetness but with a dry finish and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 11.2%. I am not sure if it needed 24 months but it sure didn’t hurt this one at all. I really enjoyed this porter.
Commercial Description: Murder is a special version of their Dive Bomb porter that has been aged for 24 months in American oak bourbon barrels. The end result came out at a massive 11.2%. Murder will be available at the brewery only on Wednesday December 13, 2017 and there will only be 28 cases available.
From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Woolly Bugger Barley Wine” 2017 Vintage. After a few years of moving to a 650ml bottle Howe Sound Brewing has opted to move to a 750ml bottle for this beer. The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists dark fruits, almost cherry, caramel, some hops bitterness and a sweet finish. The flavour is of dark fruits, cherry, resin, citrus rind, toffee, caramel, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10.7%
From Pueblo Vida Brewing out of Tucson Arizona comes their “Circuitous Double IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of very juicy notes of tropical fruits, pineapple and lots of overall fruit notes. The flavour is of tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, citrus, honey, mild resin, some bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 60. This is an extremely good cloudy Double IPA and if you end up in Tucson make sure to grab some soon.
Commercial Description: DOUBLE IPA BREWED WITH MALTED OATS…HOPPED WITH MOSAIC 3-WAYS (CO2 HOP EXTRACT, HOP PELLETS & LUPULIN POWDER). TASTING NOTES: MANGO, PEACH, HONEY
From Milton, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery comes their “120 Min IPA”. The beer pours a very deep cloudy orange with an off white head. The aroma consists of alcohol, dark fruit, caramel and sweetness. The flavour is of candi sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, sweetness, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at around 18% with an IBU of 120. I am a big fan of Barley Wine and this beer is way more of one than it is an IPA.
Commercial Description: Clocking in at 15-20% ABV, 120 Minute IPA is continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and then dry-hopped with another pallet of hops. Unfiltered and abundently hoppy, it’s the Holy Grail for hopheads! We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles — some to enjoy and some to age. Every Beer Has A Story…