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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Ryujin Belgian Tripel with Plums – Lighthouse Brewing (Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks)


From Lighthouse Brewing in Victoria BC in Collaboration with Richmond’s Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes the “Ryujin Belgian Tripel with Plums”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of plums, candi sugar, some spice with a sweet finish.  The flavour is of plums, candi sugar, bubble gum, sweetness but not cloying like many Tripels, some grain, spice from hops and some mild alcohol in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 20.  With the addition of plums to this tripel it makes it taste different than the norm which is good as I usually find Tripels far too sweet and I usually avoid them.  I would suggest picking up a bottle or two of this one.

Commercial Description:  Our collaboration brew with Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks from Vancouver!  A Belgian Tripel Style beer, Ryujin pours golden with dark plum on the nose and palate along with classic banana and spicy clove flavours.

En Blanc (Barley Wine) Cellared 10 Months – Steel & Oak Brewing


From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their “En Rouge (Barley Wine)” a Barley Wine aged in Chardonnay Barrels.  This beer was cellared for 10 Months after beeing aquired on November 10, 2016.  The beer pours a deep red almost brown with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, mild chardonnay, sweetness and almost a candi sugar finish.  The flavour is of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, roasted malts, coconut, oak, chardonnay and grapes in general, leather, hint of bitterness and a mild lingering alcohol bite.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 15.  Now that the Chardonnay is stepping back a bit I really enjoy this one not being a wine fan.

Commercial Description: En Blanc and En Rouge are the same 10% abv barley wine fermented with wine yeast, and aged for a year in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels respectively. En Blanc is described as having notes of “vanilla, coconut, apricot, peach, molasses and fruitcake with a touch of citrus,” while En Rouge offers “black currant, dark cherry, leather, tobacco, plum and dates.”

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Entropy Series No 2 – Dageraad Brewing


From Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their “Entropy Series No 2” the second of their barrel released beers.  The beer pours a very deep amber colour with a very active off white head.  The aroma consists of candy sugar, pear, oak and some mild brett.  The flavour is of resin, tannins, oak, pear, tropical fruit, candy sugar, pepper, herbal hops and some mild alcohol.  The brett character of this beer will build over time but it is pretty darn subdued right now.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8%.  This is tasty fresh but if you got two bottles then you should really hold onto the second bottle and let the brett build!

Commercial Description:  Amber Ale aged in a pear brandy barrel and bottle conditioned with brettanomyces.

 

Left Imperial IPA – Strathcona Beer Company


From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Left Imperial IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of mango, tropical fruits, caramel, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, ripe mango, tropical fruit, berries, citrus, citrus rind, resin, sweetness, bitterness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.4% with an IBU of 100.  Imperial IPA’s are a ton of fun as even with a huge alcohol content and a high IBU it does not mean it will be a harsh beer.  This one has lots of fruit flavour and sweetness with good bitterness but not a massive bitter hit from the 100 IBU.

Commercial Description:  Light coloured ale with robust hop flavour and high alcohol content.  Smooth malt finish coupled with subtle notes of citrus, featuring Asaacca, Wakatu and Cascade Hops.

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