From Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver comes their “Mapalé Milk Stout”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, lactose, toffee and caramel. The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, toffee, nutty, lactose, earth and some low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 29. You have to love a well made Milk Stout and I would have to say this one fits the bill.
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of bourbon, oak, chocolate, toffee and vanilla with a sweet finish. The flavour is of bourbon, oak, tannins, earth, roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, chocolate, vanilla, tofffee, caramel and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5%. While I prefer my Russian Imperial Stouts sweet this one is very well executed and well worth picking up multiple bottles.
Commercial Description: Bomber Brewing in Vancouver BC has announced the release of a special limited version of their Russian Imperial Stout that has been aged for over six months in Heaven Hill Distillery bourbon barrels.
Vancouver, BC’s Powell Brewery, Dive Bomb, a dark ale.
It pours an almost perfectly opaque black, held to the light there are deep mahogany highlights. The head is a nice light khaki with very fine bubbles.
The nose is almost leathery with a slight cola note.
The flavours include beautifully bitter cocoa powder, dark toffee and burnt caramel. It is very dry, giving a champagne impression. The body is dense but the very fizzy carbonation makes feel light.
This far Ale is surprisingly light and refreshing and sessionable. Flavours of caramel, toffee, chocolate and nuts are complimented with holding hops that add just the right amount of bitterness and a slight floral aroma.
From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Clayburn Smoked Scotch Ale”. The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of smoke, peat and caramel. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, peat smoke, roasted malts, maple, bitterness and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%. While I am not a massive fan of smoked beers this one is well made and very enjoyable.
Commercial Description: Smouldering smoke rises over dark caramel and a rich malty backbone, leaving you with a smooth and decadent finish.
From Stanley Park Brewing (Turning Point Brewing) in Delta comes their “FRESH HOP RED IPA” a part of their new Sampling Series in Bombers. The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, rye, caramel, grapefruit and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, rye, caramel, toffee, chocolate, earth, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, pepper, herbal and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 70. This Red IPA has a similar roast malt characteristic of some Cascadian Dark Ale’s. I quite enjoyed this one although it is definitely more roasty than most. Stanley Park Brewing is now owned by Labbat.
Commercial Description: A robust Fresh Hop Red IPA with Crystal Rye malts and heaps of fresh, locally-grown Cascade and Chinook hop cones direct from bines at B.C. Hop Co.’s picturesque hop fields in the heart of the Fraser Valley.