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!

Storm 18 Year Old Lambic (Cellared 1+ more years) – Storm Brewing


From Storm Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Storm 18 Year Old Lambic” a beer released originally in 1997.  James found more bottles he had lost and released them on Feb 2015.  I aged the bottle until November 2016 when I waited for the right time to open it.  So this beer is now 19 Years old.  The beer pours a very cloudy deep orange with basically no head.  The aroma consists of lemon, stone fruits, tartness, vinegar and just more fruit notes.  The flavour is very puckering tart up front almost like biting into a lemon with cherries, maybe currents, berries, vinegar with lots of woody notes.  There is some definite sweetness but it is by far overtaken by the tartness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7%.  While this beer has become exceedingly tart and has a big vinegar component it tastes amazing and I am happy that I was able to pick up a bottle when I did.

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Barrel Aged Belgian Red IPA – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their newest in the Ironworkers Series (No 04) “Barrel Aged Belgian Red IPA”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a red tinge and a tan head.  The aroma consists of port, oak, Belgian yeast, dark fruits and some hops bitterness.  The flavour is of port, citrus, tropical fruits, berries, dark fruits, earth, oaky and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.7% with an IBU of 59.  I would not usually think to barrel age an IPA but this one seems to have worked out pretty well.  Keep up the good work Bridge Brewing.

Commercial Description:  This Belgian red is loaded with intense flavour.  Pouring a deep ruby, the munich, crystal and special W malts provide a strong malt background for tropical, citrus and berry notes from the Mosaic and Citra hops used.  It has been additionally barrel aged in port barrels, enhancing the aromatics and adding smooth oaky tannins.  This is an intense and complex Belgian IPA.

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Red Horizon 3 Edition (Aged 4.5 Years) – Nøgne Ø


From Grimstad Norway’s Nøgne Ø comes their “Red Horizon 3 Edition” the third beer brewed in a series using Sake yeast.  The beer pours a cloudy brown colour with a very minimal head.  The aroma consists of huge fruit notes up front including dark fruits and berries, toffee, brown sugar and alcohol.  The flavour is of dark fruits, berries, brown sugar, toffee, treacle, licorice, vanilla, alcohol with lots of sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 12.5% with an IBU of 100.   This edition of Red Horizon is a Barley Wine and has amazing flavour and body.  If you find a bottle make sure to pick it up.  This beer was brewed on December 20, 2011 and consumed on June 20, 2016 or 4.5 years after brewing.  The bottles best before date was December 20, 2016.

Commercial Description:  What we have tried to do here is to get the optimum fruitiness out of a sake yeast. This beer was fermented for 10 weeks at low temperature with sake yeast No. 9 to achieve that.

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Yami Dark Sour – Powell Street Craft Brewery (Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks)


Brewed in East Vancouver at Powell Street Craft Brewery in collaboration with Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes their “Yami Dark Sour” brewed with Saskatoon berries.  The beer pours a very deep red colour with a light red head.  The aroma consists of tons of berries most likely Saskatoon berries, sweetness and some mild tartness.  The flavour is of berries, mild tartness, sweetness, some herbal notes and some malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 8.  I wish the Saskatoon berries had a little more of a kick but the flavour was still quite good and it is a well made sour regardless.

Commercial Desciption:  The second collaboration with Fuggles & Warlock is here! The Japanese word for darkness, Yami is a dark sour wheat with Saskatoon berries. Big juicy flavours and aromas from the Saskatoon berries are complimented by a pleasant sour finish.
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