From Nanaimo’s Wolf Brewing comes their limited release “Jinglepot Stout (Chocolate Pecan Milk Stout)”. The beer pours a opaque brown to black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate milk, sweetness, pecan, caramel and vanilla. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, lactose, pecans, earth and a mild Irish Whiskey finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7%. This is a really good beer and I hope they make it again! I know that the beer was quite difficult to make and would be made differently if done again though after talking to the head brewer.
From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their latest beer in their Barrel Aged series the “Barley Wine” 2014 Vintage aged from December 2014 to December 2015. The beer pours a deep cloudy amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, sweetness, caramel malts, vanilla, chocolate and vanilla. The flavour is of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, sweetness, earth, anise, chocolate and mild booze. The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 61. This is tasting different than when it was fresh but it is still tasting awesome!
Commercial Description: The granddaddy of English ales, this beer pours a tawny amber and boasts a huge mat flavour. Aging in whiskey barrels for 10 months has added a woody vanilla note that will age beautifully. This beer begs to be cellared.
From Granville Island Brewing located in Vancouver BC comes their Winter seasonal “Barley Wine 2012” the breweries first Barleywine that I have cellared for a full two years. The beer pours a deep cloudy brown with a tan head. With most cellared beer you will find sediment and this is no exception with lots of it. The aroma consists of very malts, dark fruits and mild hops bitterness. The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, bourbon and very mild hops bitterness. There is very little alcohol warmth present and everything has really smoothed out. To say this is a great barley wine would be an understatement now! The alcohol content of this beer is 11.5% with an IBU of 60.
Commercial Description: The typical barley wine may find its origins in English ale, but there’s nothing typical about this special brew. Aged in Bourbon barrels, you’ll find strong caramel malt character, vanilla and oak flavours with a healthy dose of pacific northwest hops. Cellar the beer and enjoy for up to five years, but if that’s too long, you can always try it tonight.