From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout” 2015 Vintage something I have been sitting on for a while. The beer poured an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of molasses, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, brown sugar and sweetness. The flavour is of molasses, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, earth and even hints of milk with alcohol in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 11.9%. This beer was phenomenal and I hope to try it again some time soon!
Some times you get a chance to try out some very interesting and rare beers and this is one of those. From De Struise Brouwers in Belgium comes their “C-DOS (Cuvée Delphine On Steroids aka Pablo Eiscobar” a Double Eisbocked version of Cuvée Delphine. This version was brewed in 2010 and aged for 5 years in Arran Lochranza barrels. The beer pours a very deep brown colour with no head or carbonation and some sediment. The aroma consists of bourbon, chocolate, treacle, licorice, dark fruit, oak and lots of booze. The flavour is alcohol up front and lots of it with bourbon, oak, chocolate, treacle, licorice, dark fruits, some nuts, peat and cherries. The alcohol content comes in at an insane 41% and is very very thick! This beer drinks like a bourbon but this is no surprise as the beer comes in at the same alcohol content as a bourbon. If you do not like spirits then this beer is a total miss for you but if you do and you find a bottle then it is something you need to try. But this will cost you a serious pretty penny.
Bottled on 11/08/2015
lot number CDOS 0002/2015
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From Townsite Brewing out of Powell River comes the “Cardena Quad (Barrel Aged)”. The beer pours a chestnut brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, bubble gum and sweetness. The flavour is of oak, bourbon, dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, bubblegum, leather and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 30. With Townsite Brewing having a Belgian brewmaster it is no surprise that they can make a great Quad especially when it is Barrel Aged.
From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Boris Russian Imperial Stout” the first ever bottled release from the brewery. This beer was a collaboration with Brasserie Trois Dames from Switzerland brewed November 2014 and held in bourbon barrels until March 2016. The beer pours a black opaque colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak and some sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, sweetness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5%. This beer is tasting great right now and will probably only get better with age. But if you know what Strange Fellows Brewing has been up to this point you should not be surprised.
The brewery has also paired up with Mt Lehman Cheese Co to make a cheese to pair with this beer in very limited quantities. The cheese is a goat cheese and is called Matsqui Cheddar. The cheese has been ageing since early 2015.
Commercial Description: Swift & Silent, owl glides through the dark, his screech believed to portend death & misfortune. Some revere him as a messenger of the spirit world, an oracle of secret knowledge. Inspired by owl’s omniscience this barrel-aged stout penetrates the inky depths of the soul, illuminating unseen truths. A collaboration with Brasserie Trois Dams in Nov 2014, this was one of our very frist brews & has aged in Bourbon barrels ever since, developing a deep, dark, rich smoothness & leathery aroma.
From Winnipeg Manitoba’s half Pints Brewing Company comes their seasonal “Le Temps Noir″ 2016 Vintage a Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. The beer pours a deep opaque black with a deep brown head. The aroma consists of Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak and sweetness. The flavour is of Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, burnt coffee, bitterness, resin, sweetness and an alcohol warmth. The alcohol content comes in at 9.6% with an IBU of 85. Well it’s been a long wait since 2013 but the wait was worth it! This beer is great.
Commercial Description: Our Imperial Stout is a decadent ode to the art of brewing. Malted & roasted barley come together with a heaping dose of crystal and chocolate malts to form the jet black body. Columbus hops form the bitter backbone and a slow fermentation leads to a smooth finish. The beer is then aged for 6+ months in freshly emptied bourbon barrels. The barrel ageing adds a complexity of brown sugar and vanilla notes, along with a slight interplay of oxygen that would be impossible to achieve without this time consuming process.
Food Pairing as per Half Pints Brewing: Try it with a side of your favourite dark chocolate.