Forty Fathoms Imperial Spiced Porter – Britannia Brewing Company


From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Forty Fathoms Imperial Spiced Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, toffee and spiced rum and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, earth, spiced rum, bitterness and some mild alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.7% with an IBU of 30.  This is a really interesting brew with the ginger and spiced rum flavours really dominating the flavour.

Commercial Description:  This limited release is a blend of dark specialty grains complimented by spices of ginger, vanilla, cardamon and cinnamon.  Dark and cold is forty fathoms deep, let the alcohol keep you warm with rich tones of chocolate, toffee, dried fruit and hints of spiced rum.

 

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Anno 2017 – Dageraad Brewing


From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “Anno 2017″  a Strong Golden Ale brewed with Okanagan Pear and Coriander and conditioned with Brettanomyces.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of pear, mild funk, yeast and floral hops.  The flavour is of pears, coriander, citrus rind, spice, yeast, mild funk and a bitterness that round it out.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%.  This is a great beer every year but this years addition of Brettanomyces Claussenii will ensure this beer ages amazingly well and changes over time.  This bottle conditioned beer is already tasting amazing though.

Commercial Description:  Our annual celebratory year-end beer is slightly different this year. As always, it is a strong, golden ale brewed with Okanagan pears and Indian coriander. But this year, we have added Brettanomyces claussenii, a strain of yeast that brings funky, fruity flavours to the beer and slowly develops over time in the bottle, preserving the freshness of the beer and adding layers of complexity as it ages. Anno 2017 is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.

 

Honey Wheat Wine (S2S) – Howe Sound Brewing


From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their new beer in the Sea To Sky Series of beers a “Honey Wheat Wine”.  This one is release  number 13 in the series.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of honey, wheat, vanilla, caramel and fruity esters.  The flavour is of honey, wheat, candy sugar, fruit, caramel, wheat, vanilla, low bitterness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.3% with an IBU of 25.  At first sip I thought this may end up being a bit to sweet but the flavour is great and never gets cloying.

Primo Double IPA – Strathcona Beer Company


From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Primo Double IPA” the one year anniversary beer for the brewery.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild tropical fruit, melon and floral hops.  The flavour is of melon, pineapple, mango, sweetness, toffee and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%.  This IPA is more malt forward than hop forward but does not fall into the English IPA.  This is worth stopping by the brewery to pick some up for sure!

Spicy Nuggs Imperial Rye Stout – Bomber Brewing (Sawdust City Brewing Co)


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.