From Bench Creek Brewing out of very rural Alberta (Yellowhead Country) near Edson comes their “Drexl Blackstrap Imperial Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, molasses and anise. The flavour is of roasted malts, smoke, molasses, anise, toffee, sweetness, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 80. I have been a fan of Bench Creek Brewing for some time and this beer does not change that opinion at all. This is a well made Imperial Stout.
Commercial Description: Y’know what we got here?Charlie Bronson. Mr. Majestyk.Rich biscuity UK base malt and multiple caramel malts for layered toffee and dark fruit flavours got you thinkin’ it’s pretty… But it’s not as pretty as a variety of roasted malts which provide chocolate and coffee depth. In fact, we’re gonna show you with a little demonstration. Now, see, we’re sittin’ down here, ready to negotiate, and you’ve already given up. It’s still a mystery to you.But we know it’s got generous additions of blackstrap molasses and star anise. All right, peep this: it’s aged on American oak to fully mimic the flavours and aromas of blackstrap rum. Ey’ yo, yo why you trippin’?
From Collective Arts Brewing in Hamilton Ontario comes their “IPA NO5″ a New England style Double IPA. The beer pours a mildly cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, pineapple, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, pineapple, melon, juicy notes, sweetness, candi sugar, mild bitterness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%. This was a really good brew even if it is not the full murk of the style.
Commercial Description: The 5th in our IPA Series. New England Double Dry Hopped Double IPA. Brewed with massive amounts of Simcoe and Citra hops, this IPA comes in at 8.2% ABV.
From Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Fort Garry Brewing Co comes their “Cannon Fodder Barley Wine” brewed with smoked malt. The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of mild smoke, roasted malts, caramel and dark fruits. The flavour is of smoked malts, brown sugar, roasted malts, dark fruits, resin, bitterness, caramel and Belgian yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 60. I am not a fan of smoked malts usually but this light smoke is great in this Barley Wine and if you can find it make sure to pick up a few bottles.
Commercial Description: At a whopping 11% abv, cannon fodder barley wine is best enjoyed one sip at a time. Intense caramel sweetness and the use of smoked malt make for a nicely balanced strong ale. Fermented with Belgian yeast, there is a uniqueness and complexity not often found in traditional barley wines.
From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Pacific Northwest Porter”. The beer pours a very deep black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, caramel and earth. The flavour is of smoke, ash, roasted malts, caramel and a big hit of bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 32. Once a gain Kevin Emms has made a very tasty brew and should be picked up if you see it. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson.
From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Weekend Warriors Double IPA” a taproom exclusive. The pours a very cloudy orange with an off white head. The aroma consists of tropical, citrus, juicy hops, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, bitterness and resin. The beer comes in with a New England IPA aroma and a Pacific North West IPA. You are doing yourself right to try this beer. Make your way out to Chilliwack soon before it is gone.