From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “Black Dog Quad”. This beer was released in December 2016 but labeled as 2015 a little confusing as last years was also labelled as 2015. This years edition is topped with black wax while last year was topped in red. The beer pours a deep chestnut brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, cherries, caramel, toffee, treacle and sweetness. The flavour is of dark fruits, cherries, candied sugar, treacle, caramel, earth, chocolate, anise and cinnamon. The alcohol content comes in at 11.69% with an IBU of 35. Even at almost 12% this beer is not super boozy. Last years version was great but this one is probably even a bit better.
Commercial Description: Black Dog Quad is a bottle conditioned, lightly carbonated ale brewed in the Trappist style. Best served at 14c, decanted from height into your favourite tulip glass. This bottle will benefit from an extended stay in your cellar. Unfiltered, vegan friendly, and naturally carbonated. Please enjoy responsibly.
From Brewdog out of Aberdeenshire, Scotland comes the “Tokyo* (intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout)” aged in my cellar from March 2013 to December 2015. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, cranberries, oak and sweetness. The flavour is of cranberries, oak, chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, sweetness and some booze warmth at the end. The alcohol content comes in at 18.2% with an IBU of 90. This beer is epic in all ways. I wish I could get more of it but it no longer seems to be sold in BC. This is only a 330ml bottle but it should be shared or drank over two days unless you want to have a bad morning!
Commercial Description: This imperial stout is brewed with copious amounts of speciality malts, jasmine and cranberries. After fermentation we then dry-hop this killer stout with a bucketload of our favourite hops before carefully ageing the beer on French toasted oak chips. It is all about moderation. Everything in moderation, including moderation itself. What logically follows is that you must, from time, have excess. This beer is for those times.
From Brassneck Brewery in Vancouver comes their “Spirit Animal Barrel Aged Barleywine”. The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, caramel, toffee and some sweetness. The flavour is of dark fruits, mild bitterness, caramel, toffee, vanilla, wood, earth, sweetness and the some mild booze. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5%. If you enjoy English Barleywines you should really enjoy this beer as it is extremely tasty.
Commercial Description: (This one’s a little on the nerdy side, sorry). Our strong, malty, Barley Wine is a barrel conditioned blend using 2 wild yeast strains during secondary fermentation: 25 % Brettanomyces Lambicus. (Brett “L”) 75% Brettanomyces Claussenii. (Brett “C”) It’s 10% a.b.v….. And 100% Delicious.
From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “ Bourbon County Brand Stout”. This beer has been aged in bourbon barrels and bottled on August 8th, 2014. Don’t let the fact that AB InBev purchased this brewery in 2011 keep you away from this brew as it would be a serious mistake. The beer pours a deep opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consist of chocolate, toffee, anise, brown sugar, vanilla and some oak. The flavour is of anise, chocolate, toffee, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, roasted malts, brown sugar, some bitterness and an alcohol finish. The beer comes in at 14.4% alcohol and an IBU of 60. Your bottle of Bourbon County very well could be different than this as with a blended barrel aged beer there will be variation of alcohol content and the USA tests beer to ensure correct labeling. The 2014 edition much like the first ever bottle I had last year from the 2013 vintage was amazing. I would recommend anyone that likes big stouts to try this beer if they can get their hands on it!
Commercial Description: Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer.
From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “Black Dog Quad” a one year anniversary ale. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a small tan head but not a lot of carbonation. The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown and candied sugar, sweetness and maybe a hint of grapes but I am not sure. The aroma also has a hint of booze but not a lot. The flavour is huge and includes dark fruits, plums, grapes, black cherry, anise, brown and candied sugar, cinnamon, toffee, sweetness, mild hops bite and a mild booze finish. The beer comes in at a big 11.69% alcohol with and IBU of 35. To say this beer was a good beer is a serious understatement. This bottle conditioned beer is one to be sought out if you like a good Belgian style Quad!
Commercial Description: Black Dog Quad is a bottle conditioned, lightly carbonated ale brew3ed in the Trappist style. Best served at 14c, decanted from height into your favourite tulip glass. This bottle will benefit from and extended stay in your cellar. Please enjoy responsibly.