Kindling Breakfast Stout – Cannery Brewing


From Cannery Brewing out of Penticton BC comes the “Kindling Breakfast Stout”.  Thanks to Chelsea of Brewtiful BC for trading me this bottle.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, burnt coffee, chocolate, creamy notes and some ash.  The flavour is of roasted coffee, burnt malts, ash, chocolate, caramel, toffee, earth and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 60.  I think I would personally recommend this beer for brunch not breakfast but other than that this stuff is very solid!  This one will be on my shopping list for sure.

Commercial Description: Kindling is a Breakfast Stout and this is the latest beer in our Artisan Creations line. Small beginnings. An even smaller spark. Growing…. glowing, to light the soul, to warm the heart, to strengthen the hand. From small things, great things come.  Kindling is brewed with Red Beard Coffee, bittersweet chocolate and oats. It is available in 650ml bottles and on tap at select restaurants, in our taproom and for Growler fills. Design and illustration by Skyler Luke Punnett.

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Make Porter Great Again – Torchlight Brewing


From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Make Porter Great Again” a beer made in collaboration with Bad Tattoo Brewing out of Penticton.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of toffee, roasted malts, chocolate and ash.  The flavour is of ash, burnt malts, chocolate, toffee and some pine.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  Once again Torchlight has brewed up a tasty beer for the people of Nelson.

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Horizon Tokyo* Black – Nøgne Ø (Mikkeller, Brewdog) (Aged 3 Years 7 Months)


Brewed at Nøgne Ø in Norway in collaboration with Brewdog and Mikkeller comes their “Horizon Tokyo* Black” a collaborative version of all three breweries huge beers Dark Horizon, Tokyo and Black.  The beer pours a oily black colour that is opaque with a small brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, smoke, dark fruits, cranberry, treacle, syrup and some alcohol.  The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses, treacle, cranberry, ash, smoke, burnt malts, leather, earth and only really a hint of alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at an insane 16% with an IBU of 100.  This beer is insanely smooth for a beer of 16% let alone 8% and has all the making of an amazing stout.

Commercial Description:  Horizon Tokyo Black:  On a cold, windy and rainy day in November 2010 we visited  BrewDog together with world famous beer merchant Mikkeller.  Our plan was to make a beer, which would be close to an interpolation between our individual brews Tokyo, Black and Dark Horizon.  This beer should in turn be brewed by us and also for Mikkeller.  It was called Black Tokyo Horizon.   Unfortunately we have been very busy, but it is now time to make the second celebration of this great collaboration:  Please welcome Horizon Tokyo Black!

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Black Rye IPA – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing out of North Vancouver comes their “Black Rye IPA”.  The beer pours a black opaque colour with a deep brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, mild toasted rye and floral hops.  The flavour is of burnt malts, roasted coffee, rye, earth, resin, hint of fruit and a good hit of hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 68.  This beer hits all the notes you would expect in a black IPA and would be a great choice for anyone looking for a Cascadian Dark Ale.

Commercial Description:  Bold, intense, roasty, bitter, huge citrus & pine notes.

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Darkness Russian Imperial Stout 2014 (Aged 1 Year) – Surly Brewing Co


From Brooklyn Center Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Co comes their “Darkness” Russian Imperial Stout 2014.  The 2014 edition was barrel aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels for 4-6 months.  To acquire a bottle of this beer you have to either attend the breweries event Darkness Days or be lucky enough to trade for a bottle (and I have never been to Minnesota)!  The beer poured an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consisted of chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, whiskey, sweetness and alcohol.  The flavour is of toffee, creamy milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, burnt malts, earth, coffee, brown sugar, oak, whiskey with a boozy finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.3%.  The beer is worth the hype!  If I had the money and the time off I would have loved to go to Minnesota for the Darkness days this year on October 24th, 2015.  This is one huge beer in flavour and in alcohol content and I would love to drink it again if somehow possible.

Commercial Description:  The legendary Harpy tortured unwary travelers by stealing their precious food and drink.  This year’s cruel creature defends her cauldron of Darkness with razor claws and a dead stare of malevolence.  Don’t mess with her Darkness.  She’s hoarding this massively opaque barrel aged Stout screaming with notes of chocolate, coffee, dried tart cherries, vanilla, rye Whisky and raisins.  The thick body of this Russian Imperial Stout finishes sweet, with a piney resinous hop character.  Dar if you will to open this bottle and steal from the imagination of our 2014 Darkness artist, Erica Williams.

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Photo from Erica Williams website

Video From Surly Brewing on Darkness Days