Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels 2017- Twin Sails Brewing

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.

Traquair 50 Anniversary Ale – Traquair House

From Traquair House in Scotland comes their “Traquair 50 Anniversary Ale” an Old Ale.  The beer was limited to a 20,000 bottle run so I do not know how it made it to Canada.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a ruby tinge and a brown head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of dark fruits, cherries, brown sugar, earth, molasses and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 9%.  This beer was a bit on the sweet side but it was good and I was glad I was able to get a bottle.

Commercial Description:  Celebrating 50 years of brewing in the ancient brewery at Traquair, Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House. A limited edition ale (20,000 bottles only) packaged in a specially designed bottle. This is not a beer to be taken lightly but promises to be a smooth dark  and well balanced ale.


Lustrum Wild Sour Anniversary Ale – Driftwood Brewing

From Victoria BC’s Driftwood Brewing comes the “Lustrum Wild Sour Anniversary Ale” the 4th release of the Bird of Prey Series and the 5th Anniversary ale.  The brew poured a blood red with a red head.  The aroma consisted of tartness, fruity black current and oak.  The flavour is of oak, black current, tartness, bitterness, some alcohol warmth and a bit of a bite in the finish.  The alcohol content of this brew comes in at a big 9.4%.  This beer is great but will do really well if aged for a bit longer.

Commercial Description:  Lustrum Wild Sour Ale pushes the perception of what beer can become!  Lustrum is our 4th release from our Bird of Prey series and commemorates our 5th Anniversary of crafting beer in Victoria! Aged for over a year in French Oak this blood red vinous beast holds depth of colour, flavour and aroma unparalleled in any beer we have brewed thus far. Fermented with locally sourced wild yeast and a copious load of black currants, Lustrum will be enjoyed on many levels!  In ancient Roman times the Lustrum represented a 5 year period. Driftwood Brewery has sacrificed the contents of 18 highly prized barrels of this sour beast for your enjoyment and to help us celebrate an amazing first five years!  Cheers!


PANDAMONIUM The 11th Hour Anniversary Ale – Phillips Brewing

Produced only once in 2012!

From Phillips Brewing out of Victoria BC comes their one off beer “PANDAMONIUM The 11th Hour Anniversary Ale” a double IPA.  Being their 11th anniversary everything about this beer comes in 11’s.  Pandamonium pours a golden colour with a white head.  The beer smells of floral hops, citrus and pine with some sweetness hiding about as well.  The lasers blast any sweetness away though!  This beer is majorly hops forward with a shot of pine flavoring!  Hidden in behind all the hops there is some citrus hiding in there somewhere.  This beer sits at 11% alcohol and has an IBU of 111.  This is a slow sipping beer for me but it is super tasty.  “This beer has a fierce flavor.  To say it is bold would be like calling chrome yellow a pastel” (Carmen).

the bottle reads “Every 11 min. hops are added to a 111 min. boil for a total of 11 hops additions (Plus dry hopping of course).  Giant Mutant Pandas would want it this way.”

Look out for a Panda-zilla coming your way soon!  He has freaking lasers coming out of his eyes so take notice!

Tasting Suggestions from my Friend Carmen : Spicy Sausages, lamb kebabs grilled on the BBQ.  This needs a strong flavored meat otherwise it will absolutely dominate the meal.