Wintervention (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chocolate Imperial Stout) – Garrison Brewing


From Halifax Nova Scotia’s Garrison Brewing comes their “Wintervention” a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chocolate Imperial Stout.  The beer pours a black close to opaque with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, toffee and oak.  The flavour is of chocolate, toffee, treacle, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, ash, bitterness and resin.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.5%.  Garrison Brewing does some amazing things and this one ranks up there with some of their best beer.

Commercial Description:  With 11 months in Bourbon barrels, we’re taking this Wintervention to the next level! The time spent in the Bourbon barrels give this brew a deliciously complex flavour. Rich bittersweet chocolate aromatics with cherry and vanilla underneath. Layers of chocolate fudge, coffee, malted milk balls and molasses flavours with a bittersweet chocolate finish.

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Winter Warmer 2016 Vintage – Garrison Brewing


From Halifax Nova Scotia’s Garrison Brewing comes their “Winter Warmer” 2016 Vintage.  The beer pours a ruby red colour colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, fruits, berry and some hops.  The flavour is of strawberry, dark fruits, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, caramel, earth, bitterness and a dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 20.  This one is not all that warming at 7% but I am quite enjoying the flavour anyways.  Its been a while since I have had a beer from Garrison Brewing and I just don’t know why its been this long.

Commercial Description: This strong dark amber beer is brewed with spices evocative of the holiday season. It’s warming character makes it a great accompaniment on cold winter nights.  Complex and inviting aromatics of strawberry jam, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and molasses. Rich caramel avors dominate and persist through a warming nish; starts sweet with a touch of dryness followed by a snooth aftertaste of caramel and clove.

Food pairings as per brewery:  A great compliment to rich and meaty dishes.

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Ol’ Fog Burner Barley Wine – Garrison Brewing


From Halifax Nova Scotia’s Garrison Brewing comes their “Ol’ Fog Burner Barley Wine” an unfiltered Ale. The beer pours a deep mildly cloudy Amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of toffee, tropical and dark fruits, floral hops lots of malts and alcohol. The flavour is of toffee, brown sugar, tropical and dark fruits, earth, bitterness, spices, bubblegum, mild alcohol and an overall sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% and 60 IBU. This year’s version is in a 650ml bottle instead of 500 but also has a slightly lower alcohol content. I’m a huge Barley Wine fan and this one is great even though it tastes remarkably different than most of this style.

Commercial Description:  The biggest of all beers, Ol’ Fog Burner Barley Wine is an exceptionally mellow and complex ale. Its; tawny copper colour, caramel and spicy flavours transcend boundaries and expectations. Suitable for cellaring. Cheers!

*Contains gluten

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Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB – Phillips Brewing Company


From Phillips Brewing out of Victoria BC’s comes the “Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB” a quad-laboration with Garrison Brewing Co. (NS), Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC), Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (ON).  The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of mild roast, biscuit, citrus, fruity and earth.  The flavour is of bitterness, citrus sweetness, fruit, earth, caramel and some alcohol in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.6% with an IBU of 50.  I am a fan of all of the breweries that are part of this brew and I think this could have been a bit more exciting but it is a quality beer and I am enjoying every sip.

Commercial Description:  Coast to Coastless Imperial ESB, and it’s a collaborative effort from four Canadian brewers to celebrate the spread of the craft beer movement from coast to coast–and all of the provinces in between. Garrison Brewing Co. (NS), Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC), Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (ON) and Phillips Brewing Co. (BC) all participated in the ‘quad-laboration’, coming together to craft a recipe designed to reflect Canada itself. It is an Extra Special Bitter, a style with roots that trace back to England, but as an amped up imperial version it has a strong spirit that is purely Canadian.  Available for a limited time from private, craft-focused liquor stores.

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