Tombstone Piledriver Black IPA – Kettle River Brewing Co


From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Tombstone Piledriver Black IPA” a Cascadian Dark Ale.  The beer pours a more or less opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of some roasted malts, tropical fruit, citrus and a floral hops finish.  The flavour is of roasted malts, earth, resin, pine, tropical fruits, citrus and a big bitterness finish.  The beer is really balanced between the fruits and roasted malts.  The alcohol content comes in at a nice strong 8.7%.  This lands right in my wheel house for Cascadian Dark Ales as it still feels like and IPA and not a very roasty stout.

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Ashore Rye Porter – Britannia Brewing Company


From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Ashore Rye Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and rye.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, mild coffee, nuts, earth, mild ash, caramel, rye and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 32.  I really enjoyed this Porter and I look forward to picking it up again.

Commercial Description:  A twist on the traditional brown style porter, a portion of malted Rye is added which gives a spicy finish, chocolate flavors with hints of nuts and lightly roasted coffee make this a sessionable dark ale.  We use only the finest British and local ingredients.

Midnight Black IPA – Stanley Park Brewing


From Stanley Park Brewing (Turning Point Brewing) in Delta comes their “Midnight Black IPA” a part of their new Sampling Series in Bombers.  The beer poured a very deep black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, pine, earth, mild fruit notes and floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, earth, pine,  mild fruits and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 65.  This is a nice mix of flavours for a black IPA and I am happy to see Stanley Park Brewing tackle this style.  Stanley Park Brewing is now owned by Labbat.

Commercial Description:  Embrace the darker days as the seasons change with our exceptionally smooth and hoppy Midnight Black IPA. Bursting with aromas of freshly fallen pine needles and ripe berries from Simcoe hops, it’s like we took the forest of Stanley Park and bottled it…

Mapalé Milk Stout – Andina Brewing Company


From Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver comes their “Mapalé Milk Stout”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, lactose, toffee and caramel.  The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, toffee, nutty, lactose, earth and some low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 29.  You have to love a well made Milk Stout and I would have to say this one fits the bill.

 

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout – Bomber Brewing


From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of bourbon, oak, chocolate, toffee and vanilla with a sweet finish.  The flavour is of bourbon, oak, tannins, earth, roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, chocolate, vanilla, tofffee, caramel and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.5%.  While I prefer my Russian Imperial Stouts sweet this one is very well executed and well worth picking up multiple bottles.

Commercial Description:  Bomber Brewing in Vancouver BC has announced the release of a special limited version of their Russian Imperial Stout that has been aged for over six months in Heaven Hill Distillery bourbon barrels.