FIG JAM IPA – Burleigh Brewing


From Burleigh Brewing in Burleigh Heads in Australia comes their “FIG JAM IPA”. In Australia FIG JAM is an acronym for Fuck I’m Good, Just Ask Me. Gotta love a cocky brewery!  The Beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of stone fruit, caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of brown sugar, caramel, sweetness, citrus, lemon, pineapple, stone fruit and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 70.  I quite enjoyed this and I am happy I got the chance to try it. I am glad my friends and family buy me Beer on their travels.

Commercial Description:  Traditionally, India Pale Ales (IPAs) were brewed extra strong and hoppy to last the long journey by boat from England to India. These days, we brew ours that way because we love it.  And, you know, for history and nostalia… The incredible balance of Burleigh Brewing FIGJAM India Pale Ale belies its 7.0% abv and 70IBU IPA statistics. The fine balance of malt, hops and alcohol is deftly managed through five separate hopping phases, delivering the classic IPA characters of floral hop aromas and a distinctive hop character on the finish. All the ‘punch’ of an IPA, carefully delivered with Burleigh Brewing’s trademark balance.

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A.E. Cross Barley Wine Barrel Aged – Last Best Brewing & Distilling


From Last Best Brewing & Distilling in Calgary Alberta comes their second ever bottled beer the “A.E. Cross Barley Wine Barrel Aged” the second of their Lineage Series.  For the second release they split the beer into two versions one unoaked and then this one that was barrel aged for 10 Months in Alberta Rye Whiskey Barrels.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee and sweetness.  The flavour is of brown sugar, dark fruits, stone fruits, toffee, honey, oak, rye whiskey, sweetness, mild bitterness and some alcohol in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 25.  Not having access to Last Best Brewing and having only tried their two barrel aged beers so far I have a very high opinion of this brewery so far.  This beer was very well crafted and amazingly full of flavour.

Commercial Description:  With our 2nd lineage release, we pay homage to a prairie legend with our riff on a classic style. The Alfred Ernest Goss Barley Wine uses locally sourced barley wheat, and rye as a fitting tribute to the founder of Calgary Brewing & Malting and the embodiment of the Last Best West.  We split this release into two: one unoaked and one aged for 10 months in 100% Alberta rye whiskey barrels Layered with subtle, integrated oak and a developing rye spiciness, this beer is characterized by its sweet caramel and barley malt base alcohol warmth, hints of dark fruit and a touch of light malted wheat Serve it at cellar temperature and age for years to come.

 

No 82 Amaretto Altbier – Doan’s Craft Brewing Company (Sons of Vancouver Distillery)


From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in East Vancouver in collaboration with Sons Of Vancouver Distillery in North Vancouver.  This beer is a blend of Doan’s Altbier and Sons of Vancouver’s No 82 Amaretto and called “No 82 Amaretto Altbier”.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of honey, vanilla, caramel and apricots.  The flavour is of vanilla, honey, caramel, brown sugar and apricots.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25.  While Doan’s Craft Brewing makes a tasty Altbier adding the Amaretto from Sons of Vancouver takes it to the next level.  This is a crazy good dessert beer without being really sweet.

Commercial Description: The story goes that Evan met James Lester from SOV back when the two were homebrewing funky beers. Evan, then working at Dan’s Homebrewing on Hastings, struck up a conversation with James. A few years later the two now small business owners were cheersing one day and thought it might be nice to collaborate on something. The idea was to fortify one of the Doan’s darker beers with the No.82 Amaretto. And so the Altaretto was born.  Releasing a subtle nuttiness from the Amaretto, the new beer is surprisingly well balanced with a great base provided by the German style pale that finishes with a light honey sweetness. Buy a pint at either the Brewery or at the Distillery in North Van.

Blue Monk Bourbon Barley Wine 2016 – Brewsters Brewing Company


From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Blue Monk Bourbon Barley Wine” a bottle from the 2016 vintage.  The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of bourbon, oak, toffee, caramel, booze, candied sugar and dark fruits.  The flavour is of bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, treacle, dark fruit, earth, mild roast and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 60.  While I cant say that I have had a huge amount of Brewsters beers I feel comfortable saying this is the best beer that Brewsters makes.  If you find this beer buy more than one bottle for sure!

Commercial Description:  The 2016 edition of Blue Monk Barley Wine aged for 3 months in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.  After a bit of research with the brewery I have found out that the barrels are a mix of Woodford Reserve and Heaven Hill Barrels.

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Bumper Shine Winter Warmer – Torque Brewing


From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Bumper Shine Winter Warmer”.  The beer pours a very deep ruby red colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cinnamon and sweetness.  The flavour is of cinnamon, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, earth, butterscotch and a sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 45.  I like this style of beer as its got lots of flavour and the alcohol warms you up.  This is a good representation of the style.

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