Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout 2017 – Cigar City Brewing


From Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Bay Florida comes their “Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout” 2017 Vingate.  The beer pours a jet black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate and some alcohol.  The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, molasses, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, anise, dark fruit, maybe some umami, alcohol and a bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 11.2% with an IBU of 70.  This is a seriously big beer and right up my alley.  I wish I could have brought more of this beer back or visited the brewery while in Florida but there is only so much room in your luggage and we had to leave Florida in a hurry to avoid Hurricane Irma.

Commercial Description:  This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Georgy Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World War II. Opaque black in color, with notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of blackstrap molasses. The English hop varietals provide a subtle herbal dryness, and the beer finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso. Pair Marshal Zhukov’s with mushroom solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia.

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Blacktop Oat Stout – Panhead Custom Ales


From Panhead Custom Ales in Wellington, New Zealand comes their “Blacktop Oat Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, anise, chocolate, ash and sweetness.  The flavour is of anise, roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, mild chocolate, bitterness and some burnt coffee.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%.  If you enjoy a beer that is high and the roast you will really like this one.  I know that I did.

Commercial Description:  As self-confessed bogans we have a natural attraction to black, preferably matte, so Blacktop Oatmeal is close to our hearts. The key to creating a silky death metal monster like this is the caramelised Golden Naked Oats we’ve built it around. Sophisticates will detect the chocolate and coffee notes of creamy tiramisu. The rest of us will note that it matches our jeans.

Root Beer Milk Stout – Russell Brewing


From Surrey’s Russell Brewing comes their “Root Beer Milk Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of sarsaparilla, chocolate, sweetness and basically all of what root beer is.  The flavour is of chocolate, sarsaparilla, toffee, lactose, earth, anise and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 30.  Being a milk stout I am surprised to say that this is not overly sweet as I find most root beers that way.  I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did as I am not really a root beer fan.

Commercial Description:  Celebrate the winter months with this Russell Root Beer Stout. This dark elixir will provide you with the best, feet-up-by-the-fire-job-well-done feeling a brewer could dream up. It combines the outstanding flavours of chocolate and roasted malts with the traditional flavours of sassafras. The addition of lactose provides the sweet and creamy mouthfeel that the traditional milk stout is known for…but with a twist.

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Barley Wine 2014 Vintage (Aged 2+ year) – Parallel 49 Brewing


From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their latest beer in their Barrel Aged series the “Barley Wine” 2014 Vintage aged from December 2014 to January 2017.  The beer pours a deep cloudy brown amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of brown sugar, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, oak with an overall sweetness in the finish.  The flavour is of brown sugar, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, anise, chocolate, vanilla, oak, earth, bitterness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 61.  This is the third and last bottle of this vintage that I had and it is tasting more and more smooth.

Commercial Description:  The granddaddy of English ales, this beer pours a tawny amber and boasts a huge mat flavour. Aging in whiskey barrels for 10 months has added a woody vanilla note that will age beautifully. This beer begs to be cellared.

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Black Dog Quad 2015 – Red Collar Brewing


From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “Black Dog Quad”.  This beer was released in December 2016 but labeled as 2015 a little confusing as last years was also labelled as 2015.  This years edition is topped with black wax while last year was topped in red.  The beer pours a deep chestnut brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, cherries, caramel, toffee, treacle and sweetness.  The flavour is of dark fruits, cherries, candied sugar, treacle, caramel, earth, chocolate, anise and cinnamon.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.69% with an IBU of 35.  Even at almost 12% this beer is not super boozy.  Last years version was great but this one is probably even a bit better.

Commercial Description:  Black Dog Quad is a bottle conditioned, lightly carbonated ale brewed in the Trappist style. Best served at 14c, decanted from height into your favourite tulip glass. This bottle will benefit from an extended stay in your cellar. Unfiltered, vegan friendly, and naturally carbonated. Please enjoy responsibly.

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