Speedway Stout – AleSmith Brewing


From San Diego California’s AleSmith Brewing comes their “Speedway Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, molasses, toffee, coffee and ash.  The flavour is of chocolate, toffee, molasses, ash, roasted coffee, burnt malts, brown sugar, earth, dark fruit and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 12% with an IBU of 70.  Well my first experience with AleSmith Brewing went really well.  This beer is really tasty and I look forward to trying more beer from them.  Its a good thing they are available in British Columbia now!

Commercial Description:  Speedway Stout’s ominous, pitch-black appearance has become a hallmark of this modern-day classic. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of locally-roasted coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee, Inc. added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stout’s fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink. This beer ages very well and will continue to mature for many years to come.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  This beer’s great balance makes it a very food-friendly Imperial Stout. Pair its roasty flavors and robust mouthfeel with rich beef dishes and char-grilled foods. Both chocolate and vanilla desserts also pair well, as do salty blue cheeses like Stilton or hard nutty cheeses like aged Gouda and cloth-bound cheddars.

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Great Plains Brown Ale – Two Wolves Brewing


From Two Wolves Brewing a new contract brewery out of Factory Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Great Plains Brown Ale”.  The beer pours a brown colour with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of nuttiness, caramel and some sweetness.  The flavour is of caramel, nuts, hint of chocolate, mild ash, earth, mild resin and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 18.  This is a pretty darn good brown ale and a good release from the new brewery.

Commercial Description:  Our dark brew, Two Wolves Great Plains Brown Ale is a well-balanced beer with a deep copper colour and aromas of roasted malt, cocoa and caramel. This highly engaging beer is medium bodied and bright with a high carbonation and pairs well with most foods.

Food pairing as per brewery:  This all-season beer is refreshing enough to pair with light foods, and bold enough to stand with rich, heavy meals – excellent with pork and beef, root and winter vegetables, stews and barbecues alike.

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.

Psycho Brew Brown Ale – Rossland Beer Company


From Rossland Beer Company in Rossland BC comes their “Psycho Brew Brown Ale”.  The brown ale pours a deep reddish brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, toffee, nuts and a semi sweet finish.  The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, toffee, nuts, pine and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 45.  Its to bad this beer is only available in Rossland BC in the Kootenays as it is really tasty.

Black Strap Boot Strapper Porter – Beau’s All Natural Brewing (Crannóg Ales)


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario co-operatively brewed with Crannóg Ales of Sorrento BC comes their “Black Strap Boot Strapper Porter”.  The beer pours a deep chestnut colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of molasses, coffee, chocolate and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of molasses, chocolate, ash, roasted malts, plum, burnt coffee resin and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 30.  The body was a bit on the thin side but the flavour was right on point!

Commercial Description:  Blackstrap Bootstrapper is a classic British-style porter brewed with an addition of fairtrade organic blackstrap molasses. The recipe uses Challenger hops harvested from Left Fields, the certified organic farm on which Crannóg Ales stands, located in the sunny Shuswap region of BC.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Beef, oyster and porter pie (British traditional pie), bacon-wrapped scallops on the BBQ, dark chocolate pudding.