Mad Bruin (Sour Brown Ale) Cellared 4 years – Driftwood Brewing


From Driftwood Brewing out of Victoria BC comes their “Mad Bruin Sour Brown Ale” the second release in their Birds of Pray series.  I have cellared this bottle for just over 4 years.  This beer was aged in oak barrels for 16 months.  This beer pours a deep redish brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, cherry, oak yeast and sweetness.  The flavour is of cherries, dark fruits, huge oak notes, tartness, vinegar notes, earth and some alcohol.  The tartness seems to have really picked up over the 4 years this beer has been in my cellar.  While I liked this beer when it was first released back in 2012 it has aged very well and has upped its game.  I am sad this is the last bottle I had of this beer.

Commercial description:  This Belgian style, Oud Bruin (Old Brown), was aged in oak barrels for 16 months and then blended with a  young ale for a unique profile of delicate malt, acidity and oak ageing. Mad Bruin will continue to develop more complexity with cellaring.

Original review.

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Glacial Mammoth Extinction – Storm Brewing (Aged 1 year)


From the Mad Scientist of beer in British Columbia James of Storm Brewing comes their “Glacial Mammoth Extinction” a beer released on December 5th, 2015 after being aged for 2 years in Oak Barrels.  I aged my bottle for a year until late November 2016.  The beer pours a very deep brown without head.  The aroma consists of toffee, caramel, treacle, sweetness and alcohol.  The flavour is of treacle, toffee, caramel, syrup, port wine, dark fruit, cherries, berries, oak with some mild tartness to accentuate the alcohol burn in this beer.  The alcohol content comes in at 25% alcohol.  While this beer is very extreme in every way it is also very enjoyable by the ounce or two.  Any more than that would just be crazy as it is a freeze distilled spirit! I am so happy that I was able to pick some of this up last year and I am glad I have quite a bit left to sip slowly.

Commercial Description:  The Glacial Mammoth Extinction is the first beer of it’s kind, and the result of freezing a strong sour beer to -30C in two stages over a one month period.  The sweet alcoholic liquid was separated from the extinct ice glacier that was left in the tank, and then aged in French oak barrels for two years until it was ready.  The final product is a rich, complex, and viscous 100% malt beverage that resembles Port more than beer.  Residual sugar: 80 grams per litre Volume produced: 400 litres.

This was the beer dubbed the most expensive beer in Canada as they had special hand blown 1L growlers made that had a Mammoth Tusk pendent that went for $1000. Read about it here.

Here is my review of this beer when it first surfaced.

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When the beer was released on December 5th, 2015 I was there to pick up my beer as were many others.  I was able to view the $1000 bottle in person.  Here are my photos from that launch!

Fellowship Nocturnum Galactica – Strange Fellows Brewing


From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their third beer in their fellowship club the “Fellowship Nocturnum Galactica” a Cascadian Dark Ale aged in red wine oak barrels for 1 year with Brettanomyces and dry hopped with Galaxy hops.  The beer pours a deep copper brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of barnyard funk, roasted malts,  dark fruit, citrus, red wine and grassy hops.  The flavour is of huge oak, barnyard funk, roasted malts, dark fruity and citrus red wine, leather, earth, bitterness and maybe a hint of soy sauce.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  This is a really well crafted beer although it has transitioned far from its original Black IPA.  I will have to pick up more bottles of this beer as I am a member of the Fellowship.

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Reynard Oud Bruin – Strange Fellows Brewing


From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their latest barrel aged beer “Reynard Oud Bruin”. The beer pours a brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of cherry, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, leather, tartness, vinegar and some sweetness. The flavour is of lots of oak, cherry, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, earth, tart and vinegar. The beer comes in at 6.5% alcohol. Iain Hill is well know in the local beer scene for making a great Oud Bruin and now it is available in all its glory in Bottles. Get out and buy a few for yourself. You will not regret the purchase!

Commercial Description:  Both villain & hero of the story, Fox is the quintessential trickster, exposing foolishness & greed with an irreverent flick of his tail. Not caring a fig what society thinks, he disobeys convention to satisfy his desires, often unveiling the truth along the way. This classic Flemish style beer, with its sweet & sour character is a tribute to fox’s duality. Aging for one year in French Oak barrels lends a subtle woody vanilla note to this tart, cherry-like brown ale.

Food pairing as per brewery: Earthy cheese, vinegary salad, Moules Frites, Carbonnade Flamande, Dessert…

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Lamb Of God Sour Stout – Green Leaf Brewing Co


From North Vancouver’s Green Leaf Brewing Co at Lonsdale Quay comes their “Lamb Of God Sour Stout” a barrel aged sour stout. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasty malts, earth, fruit and a hint of acidity. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, burnt coffee, caramel, earth, cherries, dark fruits, oak and a very mild sour finish. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 15. With the strength of this beer you would think there would be a boziness to the beer but there was not. Talking with the guys at the brewery I expected this to be really sour but for the most part it was only noticeable in the finish. This is well worth a pickup and could be very approachable to a person trying to learn about sour beers.

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