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.
From 2 Crows Brewing out of Halifax, Nova Scotia in collaboration with Kilter Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Hawaiian Ivory Milkshake IPA”. The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, juicy hops, coconut, resin and lactose. The flavour is of pineapple, mango, citrus, banana, citrus rind, resin, lactose, yeast and medium bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 49. Not as juice forward as many Milkshake IPA’s with a more pronounced bitterness but regardless it is a tasty juice bomb.
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.
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!