From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Three Bears Breakfast Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of ash, roasted malts, burnt coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal. The flavour is of oatmeal, ash, roasted malts, earth, chocolate, burnt coffee and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 40. This is definitely breakfast in a bottle. I would recommend maybe keeping the breakfast beer to camping in the summer though.
Commercial Description: On a canoe trip down the Fraser, HBC chief factor Gavin Hamilton decided to go to shore to shoot some ducks. Armed with a double barreled fowling piece, he came face to face with three bears. He took the first two out with a single shot and reloaded just in time to take out the third which knocked him to the ground as it fell. Brewed with dark roasted malt, Centennial hops and Republica Roasters coffee, this jet black oatmeal stout features notes of chocolate and espresso. Big, bold and surprisingly smooth, this “eye-opener” has a creamy tan head and is the great for breakfast or any time of day.
Mikkeller is a phantom brewery from Copenhagen, Denmark that contract their beer to be brewed all over the world. This brew was brewed at De Proefbrouwerij in Belgium and is called ”1000 IBU Barrel Aged “. This double IPA pours a dark brownish red that is very cloudy and almost no head. The aroma is of whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark fruit and some sweetness. The flavour consisted of prune, oak, whiskey, sweetness, pine and some hops bitterness. This beer really did not have the bitterness that I expected. It was really heavy on the malts and had the bitterness of a 50 to 60 IBU beer. One thing for sure This beer has a very dry mouth feel. This beer proves that you can have a huge IBU and it does not have to come through in the flavour. The alcohol content comes in at 9.8% and has an IBU of 1000! This was a tasty beer although not at all what I was expecting. It did not really have an IPA taste but more of a Belgian ale and the IBU did not represent the bitterness of this beer.
Commercial Description: The story of Mikkeller is the story of two young homebrewers, who in a few years have excelled from hobby brewing at home in the kitchen to national and international recognition. Most recently, the two creators, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Klarup Keller, were named Danish brewery of the year and the fifth best brewery in the world in 2006. Believe it or not, this beer is actually very well balanced. Residual sweetness contrasts nicely with the bitterness from hop and the result is a beer, that is much easier to drink than what you would assume. The name IBU 1000 refers to the theoretical IBU of this beer. There are physical limits to how much bitterness beer can soak up. For the benefit of those especially interested in the process of brewing we can tell you that 6½ kilogram of alpha-acid extract was used og 10 kilograms of simcoe-pellets per 1000 liters beer! This means that ‘easy to drink’ is only for hardcore hopheads.