Scarlet Red Rye Ale (Barley Wine) 2017 – Steamworks Brewing

From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Scarlet Red Rye Ale” a Rye Barley Wine that is part of their 2017 Barrel Aged series.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of rye malts and rye whiskey, oak, red wine, dark fruits and some sweetness.  The flavour is of  rye malts and whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, red wine, sweetness, low bitterness and an alcohol note.  The alcohol content comes in at a healthy 9.5%.  This is probably the breweries most complex beer to date and I really enjoyed it.  This beer has some good aging potential also.

Commercial Description:  This robust Rye Barley Wine was carefully aged for months in Woodford Reserve rye barrels resulting in a vibrant red brew we fittingly named Scarlet. With rich flavours and a warming finish, it’s perfect for rainy days.

Rare Flemish Stout 2015 – Wild Rose Brewery

From Calgary Alberta’s Wild Rose Brewery comes their “Rare Flemish Stout 2015” a beer aged in wine barrels for 6 months. The beer pours a black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of tartness, cherries, raspberries, roasted malts and some chocolate. The flavour is of Raspberry, cherry, chocolate, roasted malts, oak and some earth.   The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 40. While not the best example of a sour stout this is well worth giving a try if you can find it. I wish it was a bit more tart.

Commercial Description:  Flemish Stout is a rich, complex stout that has spent 6 months in wine barrels to bring out a host of funky aromas and flavours. The addition of cherries and raspberries, lends another layer of flavour to this brew. Roasty, tart and full-bodied, this is a beer deserving to be savoured on a cold evening in front of a fire or with good friends.