The Twelve Beers if Christmas – 7 – Vancouver Island Brewery Dough Head Gingerbread Ale

(From Vancouver Island Brewery out of Victoria, Added by Mike)

My seventh beer of Christmas is Vancouver Island Brewery’s Dough Head Gingerbread Ale.

This is a great looking beer, very reminiscent of gingerbread. The brown body has small orange highlight with a white head.

On the nose this is very gingery with a quick follow up of nutmeg and cinnamon. Rather than gingerbread this is more like a deconstruction of gingerbread, each flavour presenting itself after another. It is actually a fun way of tasting a beer, waiting for each flavour to surface. There isn’t much actual beer flavour except a slight hint of hop just at the end.

The Twelve Beers of Christmas – 5 – Russell Brewing Naughty and Spiced Porter

(Russell Brewing is located in Surrey BC added by Mike G)

My Fifth Beer of Christmas, Russell Brewings Naughty and Spiced Porter.

Off-white head with black body with very little light let through.

There are some wonderful, though faint, gingerbread spice smells in this beer. It immediately brings Christmas to mind.

This is a nicely complex beer. Some light bitterness from the hops but mostly clean pine that quickly gives way to a gingery malt. A light chocolate finish completes the beer.


The Twelve Beers if Christmas – 3 – Spinnakers Brewing Festive Saison

(Spinnakers Brewing is in Victoria BC added by Mike G)

My twelve beers of Christmas, number 3, Spinnakers Brewing Festive Saison: Black Saison with Ginger.

This beer has a very complex nose that I honestly cannot parse. There are obviously notes of ginger and ther are some sour fruit esters but there are other things going on that I cannot put my finger on.

Sadly the flavour does not live up to the nose. The sourness that is definitive of a saison is very weak and comes off as very metallic, I think because of the ginger. The flavour is muddled at best, weak at worst. The ginger itself gets lost in the metal taste. The carbonation is good, pleasantly effervescent.

Not a favorite, which is sad, I generally like Spinnakers.


Village Monk Chai Winter Porter – Village Brewery

From Calgary Alberta’s Village Brewery comes their “Village Monk Chai Winter Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma is of roasted malts, chai and sweetness.   The flavour is of roasted malts, chai, chocolate, caramel, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, mint and peppercorn.  The alcohol content of this beer is 6.2% with an IBU of 18-20.  This beer is fairly sweet but tasty to be sure.

Commercial Description:  A complex combination of specialty malts and spices provides a full-bodied style porter with a mild hop and subtle spice flavours. Spices include cinnamon, fennel, peppercorn, ginger, cardamom and clove.


Gingivitis (ginger Lager) – Storm Brewing

Limited Edition

From East Vancouver’s Storm Brewing comes the “Gingivitis (ginger Lager)”.  The lager pours a golden lager yellow with a white head.  The aroma is of ginger with hints of citrus and some sweet buiscuit malts or similar lager malt.  The flavour consists of ginger up front with some sweetness, bitterness and a malty finish.  This beer has some very big ginger flavour!  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  If you like ginger like I do you will like this beer but if you are not a fan it would be a good one to stear clear of.

Food Pairing – Sushi with every sip!

storm brewing gingervitis lager