From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “N.E. IPA”. The beer poured a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of floral and herbal hops, tropical fruit like mangos and mild citrus. The flavour is of herbal hops, resin, pine, earth, citrus rind, tropical fruit, mango, caramel malts, bitterness and a dank finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 55. While someone hoping for a total juice bomb may not be totally sold this is a great crossover between the North East IPA and a North West IPA.
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “The Bottle Imp” Russian Imperial Coffee Stout. This brew is the 9th beer in Beau’s pro-am series. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, ash, roasted malts and dark chocolate. The flavour is of bitter coffee, hops bitterness, earth, burnt malts, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla, ash with resin in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 81. If you enjoy a good bitter Russian Imperial Stout with a big coffee hit this one is definitely for you.
Commercial Description: The Bottle Imp is a strong, dark, roasty and rich creation. This rendition of a Russian Imperial Stout is also infused with a blend of Nicaraguan and Guatemalan fair-trade organic coffee. Complex and contemplative, and with well-integrated alcohol warmth, The Bottle Imp is best served in a snifter, sipped slowly and savoured. eau’s first brewed The Bottle Imp in 2013 as part of its Pro-Am Series. The recipe was co-created with David Thompson, who won the Toronto Beer Week Homebrew Contest and the prize of coming to Beau’s for a day to brew a beer. In 2014 The Bottle Imp took Bronze at the Canadian Brewing Awards, as well as first place at the National Organic Craft Beer Competition in California. The Russian Imperial Stout is brewed to weigh in high on alcohol, with the roasted, malty character typical of a stout. These imperial stouts were first brewed in England in the 18th century, and exported to Russia for the pleasure of Czarina Catherine II and her court. And the name? The Bottle Imp is a haunting turn-of-the-century tale by Robert Louis Stevenson about risking eternal damnation of the soul to have everything on earth one’s heart desires. We suggest pairing the beer and the story on a cold night by a crackling fire.
Food pairing as per the brewery: Pumpernickel bread, trifle, dark chocolate fondue, coffee cake, grilled steak, truffle-oil-infused mashed potatoes, & sharp cheddar or stilton.
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 Bomber Brewing in Vancouver in collaboration with Sawdust City Brewing Co out of Gravenhurst Ontario comes their “Spicy Nuggs Imperial Rye Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, rye, chocolate, anise and a hint of hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, chocolate, anise, big rye spice, chipotle pepper and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 70. While I usually don’t really enjoy spiced beer I saw some real potential in this one and all of that potential and more was realized and more! This beer is an awesome mixture of flavour.
Commercial Description: Forged in the fiery furnaces of a new-found friendship, Spicy Nuggs Imperial Rye Stout is a festival of flavours and one F’n good collaboration. Ridiculous measures of roasted and rye malts lay the base, while spicy nugget hop hash and smoky chipotle pepper bring the heat to this massive inter-provincial ale.
From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their “Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock” a flavoured lager. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of orange, citrus rind, toffee and floral hops. The flavour is of earth, citrus rind, orange, toffee, mild bitterness and some grain. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 26. Once again this year the flavour of this beer has changed up a bit. I quite enjoyed this edition of the beer.
Commercial Description: A HAUNTING GOLDEN LAGER WITH A SPLASH OF CITRUS, A SWEET CARESS OF FRUIT HOP FLAVOUR AND AROMA, AND A BRISK DRY FINISH.
Recommended glass as per brewery: HOLLOWED OUT SKULL OF YOUR ENEMIES
Food Pairing as per brewery: GRILLED PORK, SPICY CHICKEN TACOS, SWISS CHEESE