From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Forty Fathoms Imperial Spiced Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, toffee and spiced rum and a sweet finish. The flavour is of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, earth, spiced rum, bitterness and some mild alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 7.7% with an IBU of 30. This is a really interesting brew with the ginger and spiced rum flavours really dominating the flavour.
Commercial Description: This limited release is a blend of dark specialty grains complimented by spices of ginger, vanilla, cardamon and cinnamon. Dark and cold is forty fathoms deep, let the alcohol keep you warm with rich tones of chocolate, toffee, dried fruit and hints of spiced rum.
From Oakland Park Florida’s Funky Buddha Brewery comes their “Muy Bonita Double Brown Ale” a beer with apple, cinnamon and vanilla. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of apple, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, coffee, chocolate and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, coffee, apple, mild roasted malts with some bitterness and alcohol in the finish. The beer came in at 8.5% with an IBU of 35. This beer is desert in a bottle and well worth picking up if you find yourself in Florida or anywhere their beer is sold. Funky Buddha Brewery is now owned by Constellation Brands.
Commercial Description: The big sister to our Bonita Applebum Apple Pie Brown, Muy Bonita is a bigger, badder ‘bum. This double brown ale flaunts a bodacious body and a stunning combination of real cinnamon, vanilla, and apples. So thick, she’s like a hip hop song.
From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Bumper Shine Winter Warmer”. The beer pours a very deep ruby red colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cinnamon and sweetness. The flavour is of cinnamon, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, earth, butterscotch and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 45. I like this style of beer as its got lots of flavour and the alcohol warms you up. This is a good representation of the style.
From Halifax Nova Scotia’s Garrison Brewing comes their “Winter Warmer” 2016 Vintage. The beer pours a ruby red colour colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, fruits, berry and some hops. The flavour is of strawberry, dark fruits, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, caramel, earth, bitterness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 20. This one is not all that warming at 7% but I am quite enjoying the flavour anyways. Its been a while since I have had a beer from Garrison Brewing and I just don’t know why its been this long.
Commercial Description: This strong dark amber beer is brewed with spices evocative of the holiday season. It’s warming character makes it a great accompaniment on cold winter nights. Complex and inviting aromatics of strawberry jam, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and molasses. Rich caramel avors dominate and persist through a warming nish; starts sweet with a touch of dryness followed by a snooth aftertaste of caramel and clove.
Food pairings as per brewery: A great compliment to rich and meaty dishes.
From 4 Mile Brewing Co in Victoria comes their “Rice Pudding Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, hint of coffee and some sweetness. The flavour is of coffee, chocolate, bready and roasted malts, caramel, cinnamon, ash, earth and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 28. Not being a fan of rice pudding I would never have picked up this beer but when it was given it as a Christmas present it was game on. I’m happy to say that this was a very tasty and interesting porter and I plan on having it again.
Commercial Description: Not your grandma’s rice pudding. Fragrant , delicate spices of vanilla , cinnamon & clove mingle with brown rice to beguile. Round , plump lusciousness lingers. Speed date with elk game pie or frozen cherry cheesecake right from the tin container.