Saison Cinsaut – Woodland Empire Ale Craft


From Woodland Empire Ale Craft out of Boise Idaho comes their “Saison Cinsaut” a sasion aged in Split Rail Cinsaut Wine barrels with local strawberries.  The beer pours a cloudy amber colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of strawberry, spices and some yeast notes and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of malts, wine, strawberry, yeast, woody and a very mild tartness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6%.  Not being a wine fan I am always a little hesitant with wine barrel beers.  Luckily for me this beer really benefits from the wine barrels and tastes really good.

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Electric Warrior Oatmeal Stout – Woodland Empire Ale Craft


From Woodland Empire Ale Craft out of Boise Idaho comes their “Electric Warrior ” Oatmeal Stout a beer that is about to hit shelves in Vancouver!  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of oatmeal, roasted malts, chocolate, earth and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of earth, smoke, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, oatmeal, caramel and a mild bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.3% with an IBU of 25.  This is a very good stout that hits all the right notes to make a very smooth and enjoyable stout!

Commercial Description:  Welcome to the dark side of our year round line up. This smooth, silky stout is our take on the classic English style. Layers of chocolate, roast, and sweet, chewy caramel balanced by the subtle black-tea-like spice of UK Goldings hops are the reverberating chord of this sultry brew. “With my hat in my hand I’m a hungry man for you…”

Food pairing as per brewery:
Vegan – Shepherd’s pie, lentil-cauliflower sloppy joe
Omnivore – Shepherd’s pie poutine, double cheeseburger, aged Manchego, Atholl Brose

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