Laslui Lake Black IPA – A Frame Brewing

From the newest brewery in Squamish A Frame Brewing comes their “Laslui Lake Black IPA”.  The Cascadian Dark Ale pours a deep brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of mild roasted, coffee and some hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, black coffee, earth, hint of chocolate and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65.  This is probably my favourite beer that A Frame Brewing currently offers.

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Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine Style Ale 2012 – Driftwood Brewing (Aged 2 Year 5 Months)

Winter Seasonal

From Victoria BC’s Driftwood Brewing comes the “Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine Style Ale 2012″ a beer that I have been cellaring for the last 2 years and 5 months but finally have opened as of June 2015.  The beer poured a deep brown colour with ruby tinges and a brown head.  The aroma consisted of dark fruit, earth, caramel and a sweet finish.  The flavour was of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, tobacco, black coffee, orange peel, hops bitterness and a mild alcohol note or two.  The alcohol content of this beer is 11.8% with an IBU of 75.  This beer has mellowed in a big way and is tasting amazing.  It is to bad that this was the only bottle of this vintage that I had as I would like to have tried it again in a year or two!

Commercial Description:  Three times the malt bill and five times the hops of a normal strength beer, this Barleywine tests the limits of our brewhouse and our backs! But the real struggle is in getting this massive brew to completely ferment, a true test of our skill and the vigor of our yeast. Consisting of 98% Pale Malt (with a bag of CaraMunch thrown in for color) and just one hop variety, Columbus, this beer showcases these two basic ingredients in their most concentrated state.

Enjoy this very special beer young, but save a few bottles for future winters. Enjoy not too cold, say about 13C! Barleywine will age indefinitely, like wine; thus the name.

Driftwood Brewing recommends food pairings as follows:  Rouquefort, Gorgonzola and washed-rind cheeses like Oka or Port de Salut, Dried fruits, and sweet nuts such as Brazils.

Check out my original review of this beer back in January 2013.


Warehouse Stout – Yaletown Brewing Co.

From Vancouver’s Yaletown Brewing Co.’s taps comes the “warehouse Stout” a Nitrogen Stout.  This beer pours an opaque black with a thick creamy tan head.  The beer has the aromas of roasted malts, and black coffee.  The flavor has much more complexity including roasted malts, black coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of both caramel and hops.  The warehouse Stout has a very creamy finish like all Nitrogen Stouts do.   The beer has an alcohol content of 4.5% wich is pretty standard for a non-imperial stout.  Like all Mark James Group Pubs currently you can either purchase their beer on tap or fill up your growler on site.

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Survival 7-Grain Stout – (HUB) Hopworks Urban Brewery

This wonderful beer was picked up at the Squamish liquor Store in Squamish BC on a trip for work.  This HUB beer comes from Oregon USA and is called the “Survival 7-Grain Stout”.  This brew is certified organic.  When you pour the beer you see a black opaque beer with a brown head.  This beer has a strong aroma of coffee, sweet milk and malts.  The is a great tasting beer with wonderful malt flavor with black coffee and a nice hopy bitterness to finish the flavor off.  This stout has as great body to it.  The beer has an alcohol content of %5.3 and an IBU of 35.

The 7 grains used are as follows:

The seven grains: Barley (Egyptian), Wheat (Mesopotamian), Oats (Egyptian),
Amaranth (Aztec), Quinoa (Incan), Spelt (Mesopotamian), and Kamut (Egyptian).

Finished with 15 pounds of cold-pressed Stumptown ‘Hairbender’ espresso.