From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Table Beer Series #1 Red Wine Barrel Brown 2016″. As the brewery puts it this is the Beer of Wine Country. The beer pours a very deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of a ton of red wine, roasted malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of red wine, roasted malts, nuts, earth, chocolate, cherry, berries and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%. I do not always know what to expect from Wine barrel aged beers but this was a fantastic, enjoyable brew!
From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Left Imperial IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of mango, tropical fruits, caramel, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, ripe mango, tropical fruit, berries, citrus, citrus rind, resin, sweetness, bitterness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10.4% with an IBU of 100. Imperial IPA’s are a ton of fun as even with a huge alcohol content and a high IBU it does not mean it will be a harsh beer. This one has lots of fruit flavour and sweetness with good bitterness but not a massive bitter hit from the 100 IBU.
Commercial Description: Light coloured ale with robust hop flavour and high alcohol content. Smooth malt finish coupled with subtle notes of citrus, featuring Asaacca, Wakatu and Cascade Hops.
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.
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!
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.
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.