Barrel Aged Hermannator – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Barrel Aged Hermannator”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a red tinged head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, red wine, oak, anise, toffee, caramel, bready malts and sweetness.   The flavour is of red wine, dark fruits, cherry, caramel, chocolate, toffee, earth, citrus rind and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 25.  This was a very interesting beer but it had little left of what Hermannator was sadly.  I hope in future versions of Barrel Aged Hermannator they let the original beer shine thought a little more.

Commercial Description:  Our original Brewmaster Hermann Hoerterer designed Hermannator as a seasonal gift to friends & family in 1987. It soon became our flagship brew, the most anticipated beer of the year. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Hermannator. To celebrate we’ve aged Hermannator in red wine barrels, leaving it with beautiful notes of red wine, sherry, and plum that will only get better with time.  Hermannator Ice Bock is a well loved and established beer. By aging it in red wine barrels the plum and sherry notes are added upon to create a wholly different experience. Fruitier, brighter, and dangerously easy to drink. The additional 2 months of barrel aging leaves an aggressive red wine note that is sure to age beautifully for those that can resist drinking it all right away.

Murder Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter – Powell Brewery


From Powell Brewery in East Vancouver comes their “Murder” a Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter aged for 24 months in American oak.  This was a single barrel release.  The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of vanilla, bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, caramel, creamy and sweetness.  The flavour is of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, oak, mild roasted malts, dark fruits, sweetness but with a dry finish and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.2%.  I am not sure if it needed 24 months but it sure didn’t hurt this one at all.  I really enjoyed this porter.

Commercial Description:  Murder is a special version of their Dive Bomb porter that has been aged for 24 months in American oak bourbon barrels. The end result came out at a massive 11.2%.  Murder will be available at the brewery only on Wednesday December 13, 2017 and there will only be 28 cases available.

Woolly Bugger Barley Wine 2017 – Howe Sound Brewing


From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Woolly Bugger Barley Wine” 2017 Vintage. After a few years of moving to a 650ml bottle Howe Sound Brewing has opted to move to a 750ml bottle for this beer.  The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists dark fruits, almost cherry, caramel, some hops bitterness and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of dark fruits, cherry, resin, citrus rind, toffee, caramel, bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.7%

120 Min IPA – Dogfish Head Brewery


From Milton, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery comes their “120 Min IPA”.  The beer pours a very deep cloudy orange with an off white head.  The aroma consists of alcohol, dark fruit, caramel and sweetness.  The flavour is of candi sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, sweetness, bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at around 18% with an IBU of 120.  I am a big fan of Barley Wine and this beer is way more of one than it is an IPA.

Commercial Description:  Clocking in at 15-20% ABV, 120 Minute IPA is continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and then dry-hopped with another pallet of hops. Unfiltered and abundently hoppy, it’s the Holy Grail for hopheads!  We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles — some to enjoy and some to age.  Every Beer Has A Story…

Depth Charge Oak Aged Belgian Quad with Cognac – Lighthouse Brewing                                  


From Victoria’s Lighthouse Brewing comes their “Depth Charge Oak Aged Belgian Quad with Cognac”. Last years version was a scotch ale. The beer pours a reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of cognac, candi sugar, dark fruit, banana, sweetness and some oak. The flavour is of dark fruits, cognac, candi sugar, caramel, vanilla, banana, citrus rind, sweetness, mild bitterness and alcohol. There is a slight harshness in the finish that would die off with a bit of time in your cellar. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 22. This is a fantastic brew with a ton of flavour jumping out at your mouth. 

Commercial Description:  Belgian yeast provides a spicy backbone to the rich cognac and oak flavours of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla and toasted bread. Best enjoyed in bad weather, shared with family and friends, or aftter cellaring.