Hammer Oak Aged Imperial Stout – Phillips Brewing Company


From Phillips Brewing Company in Victoria BC comes their “Hammer Oak Aged Imperial Stout”.  The beer pours a deep opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, toffee and licorice.  The flavour is of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, toffee, licorice, ash, coffee and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.3%.  Not as heavy as some imperial stouts but it packs great flavour punch still.

Commercial Description:  Pours a deep earthy brown colour with a caramel-coloured head. Aromas of sweet bourbon and vanilla lead to a full-bodied, roasted flavour profile wrapped in soft bourbon with hints of dark chocolate.

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Brett & Barley Cab-Sav Barrel Aged Strong Ale – Bomber Brewing


From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Brett & Barley Cab-Sav Barrel Aged Strong Ale”.  The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of big brettanomyces funky notes, dark fruits, Cabernet Sauvignon and oak.  The flavour is of tartness, brettanomyces funk, dark fruits, Cabernet Sauvignon, toffee, chocolate, licorice, oak, tannins and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 11%.  This beer started out as a bit of an accident and turned into an amazing wild barleywine and it is well worth stopping by the brewery asap to try it out yourself.

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Baltic Porter – Steel & Oak Brewing


From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their brand new seasonal the “Baltic Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, licorice, toffee, chocolate and sweetness.  The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, toffee, hint of coffee, earth, hint of saltiness and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.6% with an IBU of 28.  This might be one of my favourite releases from Steel & Oak Brewing.  It has all the makings of a great beer and comes in the winter a great time for porters.

Commercial Description:  At 7.6% and originally brewed by countries bordering the Baltic Sea this Porter was brewed in a city that borders the Fraser River. Fermented with lager yeast, the S&O Baltic Porter has notes of licorice, cocoa, and toffee followed by a lightly spiced finish. This beer will be available mid month.

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C-DOS Cuvée Delphine On Steroids aka Pablo Eiscobar – De Struise Brouwers


Some times you get a chance to try out some very interesting and rare beers and this is one of those.  From De Struise Brouwers in Belgium comes their “C-DOS (Cuvée Delphine On Steroids aka Pablo Eiscobar” a Double Eisbocked version of Cuvée Delphine.  This version was brewed in 2010 and aged for 5 years in Arran Lochranza barrels.  The beer pours a very deep brown colour with no head or carbonation and some sediment.  The aroma consists of bourbon, chocolate, treacle, licorice, dark fruit, oak and lots of booze.  The flavour is alcohol up front and lots of it with bourbon, oak, chocolate, treacle, licorice, dark fruits, some nuts, peat and cherries.  The alcohol content comes in at an insane 41% and is very very thick!  This beer drinks like a bourbon but this is no surprise as the beer comes in at the same alcohol content as a bourbon.  If you do not like spirits then this beer is a total miss for you but if you do and you find a bottle then it is something you need to try.  But this will cost you a serious pretty penny.

Bottled on 11/08/2015
lot number CDOS 0002/2015

Drank 10/13/2016

Here is a link to the base beer description: Click Here

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Red Horizon 3 Edition (Aged 4.5 Years) – Nøgne Ø


From Grimstad Norway’s Nøgne Ø comes their “Red Horizon 3 Edition” the third beer brewed in a series using Sake yeast.  The beer pours a cloudy brown colour with a very minimal head.  The aroma consists of huge fruit notes up front including dark fruits and berries, toffee, brown sugar and alcohol.  The flavour is of dark fruits, berries, brown sugar, toffee, treacle, licorice, vanilla, alcohol with lots of sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 12.5% with an IBU of 100.   This edition of Red Horizon is a Barley Wine and has amazing flavour and body.  If you find a bottle make sure to pick it up.  This beer was brewed on December 20, 2011 and consumed on June 20, 2016 or 4.5 years after brewing.  The bottles best before date was December 20, 2016.

Commercial Description:  What we have tried to do here is to get the optimum fruitiness out of a sake yeast. This beer was fermented for 10 weeks at low temperature with sake yeast No. 9 to achieve that.

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