Bourbon Barrel-Aged Choqlette Porter 2017– Bomber Brewing

From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Bourbon Barrel-Aged Choqlette Porter” 2017 Vintage.  The beer pours a deep black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, toffee and hints of bourbon.  The flavour is of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, mild bourbon, oak, roasted malts, ash, coffee, mild bitterness and a dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 18.  While the base beer is really tasty this one makes it pale in comparison.  They hit it out of the park with this one.

Commercial Description: BOURBON BARREL-AGED CHOQLETTE PORTER: After six months in Bardstown’s Heaven Hill Distillery bourbon barrels, our Choqlette Porter has transformed into a whole new beer. Vanilla and oak notes marry wonderfully with the Choqlette’s roasty, dark chocolate undertones and the time spent on wood has imparted a well-rounded silkiness to its mouthfeel.  Choqlette Porter was a love letter in a bottle from the brewer to his wife, so this evolution seems a most fitting Valentine.



Winter Bourbon Barrel Bomber – Grand Canyon Brewing

From the Grand Canyon Brewing Company in Williams Arizona (Near the Grand Canyon) comes their “Winter Bourbon Barrel Bomber” witch contains a Flavor Bomb that contains a bourbon soak oak stick to condition the beer.  The beer pours an amber brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, oak, caramel and floral hops.  The flavour is of big malts, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, oak, spices, earth and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 20.  The bourbon is very muted in this beer with the only hints coming from the vanilla.  Not the best brown ale that I have had but still a really well made brew and worth the price.

Commercial Description:  Seasonal Brown Ale with maple syrup and aged on bourbon barrel oak. (Oak chips according to a source) also has oak chip flavor bomb inside the bottle. Our seasonal brown ale brings the warmth back to the winter. Brewed with maple syrup, and aged on bourbon oak.