From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewing comes their “48 Dark Lager” one of their brew re-branded beers. The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of lightly roasted malts, coffee, mild fruit and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, nutty, citrus, earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8%. This is an enjoyable black lager with just enough flavour to keep you coming back for more.
Commercial Desciption: 84 Dark Lager is a malty, authentic Bavarian dark lager crafted with a blend of caramel, chocolate and roasted wheat malts. Aromas and flavours of bread crusts, coffee and chocolate accentuate this malt-forward beer, while light hop bitterness and flavour are present. This full-bodied beer’s finish is surprising: it ends smooth and clean, typical or the cold fermented lager.
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Farm Table: Dunkel” a beer in their Farm Table Series. The Dunkel pours a very deep ruby red colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of lots of fruit, caramel, chocolate and sweetness. The flavour was of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, dark fruits, vanilla and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.7% with an IBU of 25. A great tasting Dunkel that is a good choice for any fridge in Canada.
Commercial Description: Beau’s Farm Table Series are sessionable beers inspired by tradition and brewed true to a classic style. Dunkel is a malty Bavarian dark lager with a balanced, reserved hop presence. At 5.7%, this traditional German beer is crisp and highly drinkable, with a rich, malt-forward taste. Dunkel is truly the ideal beer for those who love both the roasted characteristics of a dark beer and the clean finish of a lager.
Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody is getting a name for their experimental IPA’s but that’s not all they are experimenting with as this “STR8 FLEXIN’ IMPERIAL STOUT”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, oats, chocolate and sweetness. The flavour is of chocolate, coffee, ash, roasted malts, toffee, mild soy sauce and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 40. While I love what Twin Sails Brewing is doing with their IPA’s this was an epic new imperial stout to hit the local market!
Commercial Description: Str8 Flexin’ is our biggest to date and it certainly stands up to the title. Weighing in at a massive 11% ABV, Str8 Flexin’ is about as big as an Imperial Stout gets. The body is BIG and the carb is low leaving the mouth feel silky and rich. Huge aromas of chocolate fudge on the nose and balanced roasted espresso and vanilla flavours round out the palette.
From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Table Beer Series #1 Red Wine Barrel Brown 2016″. As the brewery puts it this is the Beer of Wine Country. The beer pours a very deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of a ton of red wine, roasted malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of red wine, roasted malts, nuts, earth, chocolate, cherry, berries and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%. I do not always know what to expect from Wine barrel aged beers but this was a fantastic, enjoyable brew!
From Surrey BC’s Russel Brewing comes their “A Wee Angry Scotch Ale”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of lots of malt, caramel, toffee, mild smoke and some sweetness. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, nuts, earth, peat, sweetness and maybe a hint of chocolate and lesser of mint possibly. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 30. This is an approachable Scotch Ale and worth a pickup.
Commercial Description: A Wee Angry Scotch Ale is crafted in the style of a 19th century 90 Schilling Scotch Ale is a strong, dark ale with dominant malt accent that originated in Edinburgh. Made with Scottish specialty malts including Peated Malt imparting a slight smoky character to the beer.