From Montreal Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel comes their “Aphrodisiaque” a strong stout. The stout pours a deep opaque black with a brown head that dissipates quickly. The aroma consists of smoke, roasted malts, chocolate and molasses. The flavour is of tones of smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, molasses and hops bitterness. This stout is a bit more smokey that I would usually go for but it worked really well. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.
Commercial Description: Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.
From Gadsden Alabama’s Back Forty Beer Company comes their “Kudzu Porter”. The porter pours a deep brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of deep roasted malts, smoke, chocolate and some citrus. The flavour is of smoke, pine, bitterness, roasted malts, chocolate and some citrus rind. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% while the IBU is 42. Not a huge fan of smoke in beer but this does work pretty darn well.
Commercial Description: This medium-bodied Porter is brewed with a unique blend of roasted malts and fresh hops. Chocolate, smoky notes are abundant throughout and the citrus aroma provides a refreshing twist to this old world beer style. Careful, it will grow on you!
Food Recommendations as per brewery: Pork, Lamb and Desserts
From Russell Brewing of Surrey and Storm Brewing of Vancouver comes a collaboration beer called “Big Smoke Ale”. Knowing that my Girlfriends grandpa called Vancouver the big smoke I had to pick this beer up in his honor. The beer poured a deep brown with a brownish head. The beer had the scent that most beers have that are made with peat with some sweet malty notes following. The beer tastes of malt, peat and a light hops flavor with some smoky and sweet notes. This beer is one interesting beer and should be tried if you can find it in stores. The alcohol content of this beer is 8.5% with an IBU of 40.