From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Brett & Barley Cab-Sav Barrel Aged Strong Ale”. The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of big brettanomyces funky notes, dark fruits, Cabernet Sauvignon and oak. The flavour is of tartness, brettanomyces funk, dark fruits, Cabernet Sauvignon, toffee, chocolate, licorice, oak, tannins and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 11%. This beer started out as a bit of an accident and turned into an amazing wild barleywine and it is well worth stopping by the brewery asap to try it out yourself.
From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their 3rd Anniversary (2012-2015) beer the “Lil’ RedEMPTION” cherry sour. The brewery did a cherry berliner weisse called Lil’ Red in 2013 that did not turn out and this is their response to that beer. This brew has been aged in wine barrels for 2 years and then blended with cherries for 3 months. When I cracked the bottle open and turned my head it exploded in a non stop head (She is a lively one). Once the beer stopped gushing I poured it and found it to be a deep cloudy brownish orange colour with a tan head and lots of sediment. The aroma consists of huge cherries, mild funk, oak, mild wine and a big sweetness. The flavour is of cherries, acidity, vinegar, oak, red wine, sweetness and some earthiness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 7. Once the surprise of the explosive head was finished I really enjoyed this beer. There was a ton of depth to it and it did redeem the brewery for sure! Happy late 3rd anniversary!
Commercial Description: Aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels with wild yeast and sour bacteria for 2 years and then blended with sour cherries for 3 months. Big notes of cherries, vanilla and cinnamon. Tart, refreshing and full of fruit flavour.
Mission Springs Brewing out of Mission BC have been quietly building up a brand new series of beers. This series of beer is called the Stave Lake – Lost Barrel Series and the first beer in the series is a “Barrel Aged Scotch Ale”. A portion of this beer was aged for 10 months in French Oak Barrels while another portion was aged in a freshly drained Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon barrel for 2 weeks. Large portions of both barrels were then blended with fresh stainless steel fermented scotch ale to create this beer. Only 750 bombers were made and are hand numbered with this bottle being number 673. The beer pours a deep brown colour with hints of ruby red under light and an off white head. The aroma consist of roasted malts, peat, fruit, oak and a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon. The flavour is of roasted malts, earth, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, Cabernet Sauvignon, maybe some cherries, oak and a sweet finish. This is a very complex beer! The alcohol content comes in at 8% alcohol. I will probably have to try and hunt some more of this beer down as it is fantastic and only having one bottle to cellar would be awful!
Commercial Description from Head Brewer Kevin Winter: We took a French Oak barrel and put Scotch Ale to sleep for 10 months. The Ale took on a complex oaky and soft silk-like spirit form. The second barrel had been drained of the previous tenant, Cabernet Sauvignon, the day before in the Okanagan and sent to us the following morning where we inoculated it immediately with our Scotch Ale for a short 2 week nap. It awoke with a massive red wine hangover and a gorgeous bouquet. We took the very best amounts of the two alongside fresh stainless steel fermented Scotch Ale to round it all together, and the result is what’s here in the bottle. A unique expression of barrel aging Ale in French Oak Red Wine Barrels.
From Russian River Brewing Company out of Santa Rosa California comes their “Consecration” an American Wild Ale or Sour Ale. This bottle has been sitting since 2011 and is from batch 007 (Brewed August 21st, 2010 and bottled October 21st 2011). This sour is aged for 4-8 months in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with black currants, brettanomyces, lactobacillius and pediococcus. The beer pours a brownish copper colour with a very small white head. The aroma consists of cabernet, tartness, dark fruits, currants and lots of sour notes. The flavour is of cabernet, grapes, big sourness, currants, oak and dark fruits. This beer does not have an alcohol heat which is surprising as it has an alcohol content of 10%. Finally I have been able to have a good amount of a beer by Russian River and I am super impressed! It is to bad it is so hard get your hands on this beer unless you live in California.