Glacial Mammoth Extinction – Storm Brewing (Aged 1 year)


From the Mad Scientist of beer in British Columbia James of Storm Brewing comes their “Glacial Mammoth Extinction” a beer released on December 5th, 2015 after being aged for 2 years in Oak Barrels.  I aged my bottle for a year until late November 2016.  The beer pours a very deep brown without head.  The aroma consists of toffee, caramel, treacle, sweetness and alcohol.  The flavour is of treacle, toffee, caramel, syrup, port wine, dark fruit, cherries, berries, oak with some mild tartness to accentuate the alcohol burn in this beer.  The alcohol content comes in at 25% alcohol.  While this beer is very extreme in every way it is also very enjoyable by the ounce or two.  Any more than that would just be crazy as it is a freeze distilled spirit! I am so happy that I was able to pick some of this up last year and I am glad I have quite a bit left to sip slowly.

Commercial Description:  The Glacial Mammoth Extinction is the first beer of it’s kind, and the result of freezing a strong sour beer to -30C in two stages over a one month period.  The sweet alcoholic liquid was separated from the extinct ice glacier that was left in the tank, and then aged in French oak barrels for two years until it was ready.  The final product is a rich, complex, and viscous 100% malt beverage that resembles Port more than beer.  Residual sugar: 80 grams per litre Volume produced: 400 litres.

This was the beer dubbed the most expensive beer in Canada as they had special hand blown 1L growlers made that had a Mammoth Tusk pendent that went for $1000. Read about it here.

Here is my review of this beer when it first surfaced.

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When the beer was released on December 5th, 2015 I was there to pick up my beer as were many others.  I was able to view the $1000 bottle in person.  Here are my photos from that launch!

Tokyo* (intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout) (Aged 2 years+) – Brewdog


From Brewdog out of Aberdeenshire, Scotland comes the “Tokyo* (intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout)” aged in my cellar from March 2013 to December 2015. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, cranberries, oak and sweetness. The flavour is of cranberries, oak, chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, sweetness and some booze warmth at the end. The alcohol content comes in at 18.2% with an IBU of 90. This beer is epic in all ways. I wish I could get more of it but it no longer seems to be sold in BC. This is only a 330ml bottle but it should be shared or drank over two days unless you want to have a bad morning!

Commercial Description:  This imperial stout is brewed with copious amounts of speciality malts, jasmine and cranberries. After fermentation we then dry-hop this killer stout with a bucketload of our favourite hops before carefully ageing the beer on French toasted oak chips.  It is all about moderation. Everything in moderation, including moderation itself. What logically follows is that you must, from time, have excess. This beer is for those times.

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Sink the Bismarck – Brewdog


Brewdog in Scotland is known for making seriously strong beer.  I have had Tokyo* at 18.2% and Tactical Nuclear Penguin at 32% but my latest score was the strongest beer in the world in 2010 when it was released.  “Sink the Bismarck” is considered a quadruple IPA as it has 4 times the hops, 4 times the bitterness and 4 times frozen.  The beer pours an amber colour with no head and really no carbonation.  The aroma consists of booze, huge caramel, floral hops and maybe a hint of fruity citrus.  The flavour is of booze and lots of it with caramel, toffee, resin, intense hops bitterness, hops oils.  The alcohol content comes in at a whopping 41%!  At stronger 9% stronger than the next strongest beer I was surprised it was still quite tasty.  This reminds me of a hopped spirit but still tastes like and IPA.

Commercial Description:  Sink the Bismarck! is beer, amplified. With the volume turned full up, it is important you that you be careful with this beer and show it the same amount of sceptical, tentative respect you would show an international chess superstar, clown or gypsy.  Sink the Bismarck is a quadruple IPA that contains four times the hops, four times the bitterness and frozen four times to create at a staggering 41% ABV.  This is IPA amplified, the most evocative style of the craft beer resistance with the volume cranked off the scale. Kettle hopped, dry hopped then freeze hopped for a deep fruit, resinous and spicy aroma. A full out attack on your taste-buds ensues as the incredibly smooth liquid delivers  a crescendo of malt, sweet honey, hop oils and a torpedo of hop bitterness which lasts and lasts.

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Check out the video they made for the beers release.

Sink the Bismarck! from BrewDog on Vimeo.

Tactical Nuclear Penguin – Brewdog


Super Limited Edition
Batch Number 918 Best Before 26-06-23 (consumed 18-01-2014)

From Brewdog out of Aberdeenshire, Scotland comes the “Tactical Nuclear Penguin” a beer that puts new meaning to Imperial Stout.  This beer starts out as a 10% alcohol stout that is aged for 14 months in Scottish Whiskey Casks and then is freeze distilled over and over to bring it up to its insane 32% alcohol content!  The brew pours a deep syrupy brown with little to no head present.  The aroma is overly boozy with some molasses and fruits.  The flavour is of syrup, molasses, liquid sugar, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, licorice and yes there is a booziness to this brew but not as you would expect.  What you get from this beer is a flavour reminiscent of a very expensive Liqueur and not of an unrefined monster.  This beer has a mouthfeel similar to a syrup as it is very viscus.  Like it was stated this beer comes in at an insane 32% alcohol content so it is not to be trifled with.  As the bottle states “This is an extremely strong beer, it should be enjoyed in small servings and with an air of aristocratic nonchalance.  In exactly the same manner that you would enjoy a fine whisky, a Frank Zappa album or a visit from a friendly yet anxious Ghost”.  I have heard mixed reviews of this beer but I am completely on board with this beer and would love to get a second bottle.  If you can find this beer and unless you are in Scotland or England I doubt it pick a bottle up if you can stomach the price and believe me it is steep!

Commercial Description:  No Penguins were harmed in the making of this beer; some humans did get very, very cold though.  It was worth it.  The Antarctic name, inducing schizophrenia, of this uber-imperial stout originates from the amount of time it spent exposed to extreme cold.  This beer was initially double barrel aged for 14 months; maturing in the deep, rich oak of Scottish whisky casks.  After this epic maturation the beer was then frozen, then frozen again, then frozen again.

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