Commander Imperial Stout 2017 – Dead Frog Brewery


From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their 2017 vintage of the “Commander Imperial Stout”.  The beer pours a deep opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, caramel, earth and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of roasted malts, milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, mild coffee, ash, earth, very mild oak, alcohol and bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 60.  I wish the beer had been aged in a barrel and not just on oak for 60 days as that would have taken this really tasty Imperial Stout to the next level.  But there is no doubt this is a great vintage of this beer.

FOOD PAIRINGS AS PER BREWERY:  ROAST BEAST WITH THICK GRAVY, CHOCOLATE CAKE AND ICE CREAM

Commercial Description: A DARK ROASTED STOUT FEATURING A DEEP, LAYED MALT PROFILE WITH FLAVOURS OF WHITE OAK AND WHISKEY.  AGED FOR 60 DAYS BEFORE BOTTLING.

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Reina De Fuego Mexican Chocolate Porter – Dead Frog Brewery


From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Reina De Fuego” Mexican Chocolate Porter.  The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and chili peppers.  The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, bitterness, chili peppers, coffee and earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 34.  This beer is both sweet and spicy.  If that does not appeal to your this may not be your beer but if if does then you need to pick this one up!

Commercial Description:  A SMOOTH AND SWEET, MEDIUM BODIED PORTER FEATURING FLAVOURS OF CHOCOLATE AND TOFFEE, WITH A LIGHT HINT OF CHILI PEPPER HEAT ON THE FINISH.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  MEXICAN CHOCOLATE, BRIE CHEESE, ROAST BEEF

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Nutty Uncle Peanut Butter Stout (2016 Edition) – Dead Frog Brewery


From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Nutty Uncle Peanut Butter Stout” 2016 edition.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head and some sediment.  The aroma consists of peanut butter, mild chocolate, toffee and some sweetness.  The flavour is of peanut butter, roasted malts, chocolate, earth, lactose and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.1% with an IBU of 24.  If you enjoy a peanut butter and chocolate treat then you will love this beer and even if you don’t (and I don’t) I still really enjoyed this one!

Commercial Description: A CREAMY MILK STOUT BREWED WITH 8 CHOICE MALTS, ROASTED COCOA BEANS, AND PEANUT BUTTER.  FLAVOURS OF CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE MAKE WAY FOR SMOOTH HINTS OF PEANUT BUTTER AND A SLIGHTLY SWEET FINISH.

Food pairing as per brewery:  DARK CHOCOLATE, PEANUT BUTTER CUPS, SALTED CARAMEL

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Dead Frog Dozen Mixer Pack – Dead Frog Brewery


Dead Frog Brewery has released a new mixed 12 case of beer.  The pack consists of 4 different beers with a total of three of each.  There are three standard beers for this pack including Steel Toe Lager, Green Magic IPA and the Rocket Man Pale Ale with a 4th that will rotate.  At this point it is the Atomic Tart Cherry Ale.

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Rocket Man Pale Ale has been around for a while now but the other three beers are all pretty new beers to Dead Frog.

Steel Toe Lager

Steel Toe Lager pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrusy fruit, grainy malts and grassy hops.  The flavour is of citrusy lemon, grain, and grassy hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 14.    This does exactly what a lager sets out to do.  It is light refreshing and goes down really easy.

Commercial Description: A SMOOTH AND REFRESHING LAGER BREWED WITH PREMIUM INGREDIENTS, MADE FOR ENJOYING AFTER A HARD DAY’S WORK.

Food Pairing as per brewery: SALMON, BBQ PORK, PAD THAI, FISH TACOS

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Rocket Man Pale Ale

Rocket Man Pale Ale pours a copper colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of caramel, bready malts and some tropical and citrus.  The flavour is of caramel, citrus, tropical fruit, some earth, mild resin, mild bitterness and a herbal finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  Rocket Man may have been an ESB in its past life but this is a pale ale through and through.

Commercial Description: A CRISP AND REFRESHING PALE ALE WITH SMOOTH MALT FLAVOURS AND A TROPICAL CITRUS AROMA.

Food pairing as per brewery: CHIPS & SALSA, SMOKED MEATS, SPICY CHICKEN

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Green Magic IPA

Green Magic IPA pours a golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, caramel, biscuit malt and floral hops.  The flavour is of biscuit, caramel, mild resin, earth, medium bitterness, citrus and a herbal finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 60.  If you are looking for a new standard IPA to keep in your fridge this might be your choice.  It is not over the top but has all the malt and hops you will be looking for.

Commercial Description: A WEST COAST IPA WITH JUICY HOP FLAVOURS OF TROPICAL CITRUS AND PINE WITH A CRISP, BALANCED FINISH.

Food pairing as per brewery: SPICY CURRY, TACOS & FAJITAS, CAJUN PRAWNS

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Atomic Cherry Tart Cherry Ale

The Atomic Cherry Tart Cherry Ale pours an orange colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of maraschino cherries and some caramel.  The flavour is of maraschino cherries, bready malts, some earth and bitterness and a very mild tartness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 8.  This is a good tart ale to introduce a new person to the style.  The tartness is mild and there is some sweetness also.  It will not overwhelm the pallet of someone that has never had a tart beer.

Commercial Description: A CRISP RED ALE BURSTING WITH FRESH CHERRIES, PREMIUM MALTS, AND A REFRESHING TART FINISH.

Food pairing as per brewery: STEAK, CURRY, MUSSELS

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If you are like me and don’t really like the 6 pack format this might just be a great pack for you.  Three of each beer is a great sample of each without having to commit to 6 of the same beer.

Beers

Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock (2016 Edition) – Dead Frog Brewery


From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their “Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock” a flavoured lager.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of bready and grainy malts, citrusy orange and floral hops.  The flavour is of orange, citrus, citrus rind, grainy and bready malts, earth and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 26.  While a typical Helles Lager is not a style that I would usually drink this Blood Orange Helles Bock is quite tasty.

Commercial Description: A HAUNTING GOLDEN LAGER WITH A SPLASH OF CITRUS, A SWEET CARESS OF FRUIT HOP FLAVOUR AND AROMA, AND A BRISK DRY FINISH.

Recommended glass  as per brewery:  HOLLOWED OUT SKULL OF YOUR ENEMIES

Food Pairing as per brewery:  GRILLED PORK, SPICY CHICKEN TACOS, SWISS CHEESE

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