From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Barleywine Barrel Aged”. The beer pours a deep reddish copper with a tan head. The aroma consists of candied sugar, sweetness, toffee, dark fruits, red wine, oak and vanilla. The flavour is of dark fruits, candied sugar, red wine, toffee, oak, fairly low bitterness and a mild alcohol burn to finish it off. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 35. I am a massive fan of Barleywine’s and this one is really enjoyable. I am glad I was able to pick up a few cans while in Saskatchewan.
Commercial Description: Barrel aged for 10 months in recently emptied red wine barrels. Our Barleywine begins with a beautiful port and wet oak aroma, which translates into a luscious, warming mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated with a strong amount of bitterness to balance out the bold dark cherry, red wine, and brandy flavours.
From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Scarlet Red Rye Ale” a Rye Barley Wine that is part of their 2017 Barrel Aged series. The beer pours a deep reddish colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of rye malts and rye whiskey, oak, red wine, dark fruits and some sweetness. The flavour is of rye malts and whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, red wine, sweetness, low bitterness and an alcohol note. The alcohol content comes in at a healthy 9.5%. This is probably the breweries most complex beer to date and I really enjoyed it. This beer has some good aging potential also.
Commercial Description: This robust Rye Barley Wine was carefully aged for months in Woodford Reserve rye barrels resulting in a vibrant red brew we fittingly named Scarlet. With rich flavours and a warming finish, it’s perfect for rainy days.
From Red Truck Beer in Vancouver comes their “Midnight Run Dark Lager”. The beer pours a chestnut brown with a light brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, nuts and sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, nuts, earth, caramel, hint of dark fruit and a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.9%. This is a fairly basic dark lager but that is exactly what you would want from it anyways. Easy drinking and great for the winter months.
Commercial Description: Our Midnight Run Dark Lager was first made introduced as a limited edition beer in a 650ml bottle back in 2015. After all of raving reviews from consumers, and with the seasons changing, we just had to bring it back for everyone to take for a test drive.
From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Zombie Repellant Ale 2″ or ZRA2. This beer is their answer to the Pumpkin ale as they do not seem to like them. The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, dark fruity notes, candied sugar, earth and some floral hops. The flavour is of Belgian yeast, spices, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, citrus, candied sugar, citrus rind, resin and some leafy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 24. This Anti-Pumpkin beer is really tasty and I will have to get some more of it.
Commercial Description: Our 2017 ZRA 2 is a Belgian-inspired red ale with a fruit forward aroma, full body and hints of spice from both our Belgian yeast and aromatic hop selections. In the middle of the night, when all evidence of light has faded, that’s when they come. Be vigilant, be prepared. The throngs of pumpkin beer loving hoards can’t keep you from what you really want… Zombie Repellant Ale. Our ZRA will increase your resolve to fight through the zombie hoards. Guaranteed to contain no pumpkin.
From 9 Mile Legacy Brewing Company in Saskatoon Saskatchewan comes their “Backroads (Coffee Porter with 2 Sugars)” a beer made in collaboration with Road Coffee Co. The beer pours a deep reddish brown with a light brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, lactose, mild roasted malts and a bit of sweetness. The flavour is of coffee, lactose, earth, sweetness, toffee, mild dark fruit and very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 13. If you are able to head to this brewery you need to pick up this beer. Currently they only sell glasses of beer and growlers but it is well worth you time picking some up.
Commercial Description: This collaboration with Road Coffee Co. is inspired by our Head Brewer’s love for lattes with 2 sugars. *contains lactose*.