From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna comes their “2016 Vintage Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Baltic Porter” a very small batch of 250 bottles. The beer pours an almost opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, pinot noir, grapes, sweetness and some barrel. The flavour is of roasted malts, ash, anise, chocolate, caramel, oak, tannin’s, pinot noir and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 22. The Bourbon Barrel version of this beer is tasty but this version is next level and I am stoked I got the chance to try it out.
From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Sirens Chai Saison”. The beer poured a copper orange with a white head. The aroma consists of chai tea, orange, anise, spices and yeast. The flavour is of chai tea, mild funk, anise, spices, orange with a saison yeast finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.7% with an IBU of 22. I am not a huge tea fan but this one was quite ewnjoyable.
Commercial Description: The Sirens call to lure you into this refreshing and effervescent farmhouse ale. Kettling a local chai tea blend of rooibos, orange, star anise, clove and pepper all adding up to give off a unique spice aroma that compliments our Belgian yeast.
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.
From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels” a beer aged for one year in Bourbon Barrels for their second anniversary. This was bottle 309 of 468. The beer poured an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, anise with a sweet finish. The flavour was of vanilla, bourbon, oak, anise, chocolate, toffee, espresso, roasted malts, brown sugar, coconut and very little bitterness. The alcohol content is a cool 11.6% that is partially masked by the flavour of this beer.
Commercial Description: Aged in select bourbon barrels since September 2016, this dense, inky imperial stout has big aromas of fudge, vanilla and espresso. The palate brings an intense mix of chocolate, char, and coconut and a thick luscious mouth feel that leads into a warming, rich finish. An intentionally low carbonation brings an exceptional spirit-like character to the beer.
From Bomber Brewing in Vancouver in collaboration with Sawdust City Brewing Co out of Gravenhurst Ontario comes their “Spicy Nuggs Imperial Rye Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, rye, chocolate, anise and a hint of hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, chocolate, anise, big rye spice, chipotle pepper and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 70. While I usually don’t really enjoy spiced beer I saw some real potential in this one and all of that potential and more was realized and more! This beer is an awesome mixture of flavour.
Commercial Description: Forged in the fiery furnaces of a new-found friendship, Spicy Nuggs Imperial Rye Stout is a festival of flavours and one F’n good collaboration. Ridiculous measures of roasted and rye malts lay the base, while spicy nugget hop hash and smoky chipotle pepper bring the heat to this massive inter-provincial ale.