Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels 2017- Twin Sails Brewing


From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels” a beer aged for one year in Bourbon Barrels for their second anniversary.  This was bottle 309 of 468.  The beer poured an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, anise with a sweet finish.  The flavour was of vanilla, bourbon, oak, anise, chocolate, toffee, espresso, roasted malts, brown sugar, coconut and very little bitterness.  The alcohol content is a cool 11.6% that is partially masked by the flavour of this beer.

Commercial Description:  Aged in select bourbon barrels since September 2016, this dense, inky imperial stout has big aromas of fudge, vanilla and espresso.  The palate brings an intense mix of chocolate, char, and coconut and a thick luscious mouth feel that leads into a warming, rich finish.  An intentionally low carbonation brings an exceptional spirit-like character to the beer.

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En Blanc (Barley Wine) Cellared 10 Months – Steel & Oak Brewing


From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their “En Rouge (Barley Wine)” a Barley Wine aged in Chardonnay Barrels.  This beer was cellared for 10 Months after beeing aquired on November 10, 2016.  The beer pours a deep red almost brown with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, mild chardonnay, sweetness and almost a candi sugar finish.  The flavour is of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, roasted malts, coconut, oak, chardonnay and grapes in general, leather, hint of bitterness and a mild lingering alcohol bite.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 15.  Now that the Chardonnay is stepping back a bit I really enjoy this one not being a wine fan.

Commercial Description: En Blanc and En Rouge are the same 10% abv barley wine fermented with wine yeast, and aged for a year in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels respectively. En Blanc is described as having notes of “vanilla, coconut, apricot, peach, molasses and fruitcake with a touch of citrus,” while En Rouge offers “black currant, dark cherry, leather, tobacco, plum and dates.”

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Summertime Coconut Hopfenweisse – Tin Whistle Brewing


From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Summertime Coconut Hopfenweisse”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of coconut, wheat, tropical fruit, citrus, banana and some sweetness.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, coconut, banana, wheat, bitterness, rind and pith.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 20.  This summer release reminds me of a cocktail almost and I feel that it will be really good for the hot summer months in the Okanagan or anywhere in BC.

Commercial Description:  This delight has a foundation of the classic Weizen in all its wheat glory but is partnered with tropical, bright, hoppy flavours – courtesy of Citra and Mozaic hops.  Coconut and banana flavours are the finishing touch.

Hawaiian Coconut Porter – Brewsters Brewing Company


From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Hawaiian Coconut Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of coconut, chocolate,  roasted malts with a semi sweet finish.  The flavour is of chocolate, coconut, roasted malts, earth and a very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 32.  This is an enjoyable porter with just enough going on to be a great choice for a standard fridge 6 pack.

Commercial Description:  Like a trip to the Islands! We take a classic British porter and infuse it with fresh coconut.

 

Toasted Coconut Black Lager – Field House Brewing


From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Toasted Coconut Black Lager”.  The beer pours a deep brown to black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of coconut, chocolate, coffee and sweetness.  The flavour is of coffee, coconut, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, earth and some resin.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 32.  Field House Brewing makes some interesting beers and this one is no different.  Keep up the good work in Abbotsford.

Commercial Description:  Brewed as a traditional schwarzbier, this easy-drinking, crisp, DARK LAGER has hints of chocolate and coffee as well as our own addition of toasted coconut, bringing complexity and character to this German style black beer.

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