Blacktop Oat Stout – Panhead Custom Ales

From Panhead Custom Ales in Wellington, New Zealand comes their “Blacktop Oat Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, anise, chocolate, ash and sweetness.  The flavour is of anise, roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, mild chocolate, bitterness and some burnt coffee.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%.  If you enjoy a beer that is high and the roast you will really like this one.  I know that I did.

Commercial Description:  As self-confessed bogans we have a natural attraction to black, preferably matte, so Blacktop Oatmeal is close to our hearts. The key to creating a silky death metal monster like this is the caramelised Golden Naked Oats we’ve built it around. Sophisticates will detect the chocolate and coffee notes of creamy tiramisu. The rest of us will note that it matches our jeans.

Laslui Lake Black IPA – A Frame Brewing

From the newest brewery in Squamish A Frame Brewing comes their “Laslui Lake Black IPA”.  The Cascadian Dark Ale pours a deep brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of mild roasted, coffee and some hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, black coffee, earth, hint of chocolate and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65.  This is probably my favourite beer that A Frame Brewing currently offers.

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Woolly Bugger Barley Wine 2016 – Howe Sound Brewing

From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Woolly Bugger Barley Wine” 2016 vintage.  Once again Howe Sound has released this beer in a bomber opposed to a smaller bottle.  The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and some hops.  The flavour is of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, earth, mild chocolate, bitterness, some pine and of course alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 75.  Woolly Bugger continues to be one of the best barley wines in the province and this year gives us a very tasty beer!  I look forward to trying this against multiple vintages!



710 Oaked Stout – Faculty Brewing

From Vancouver’s newest brewery Faculty Brewing comes their “710 Oaked Stout”. Faculty Brewing is naming their beers with numbers much like post secondary classes number designations. 100 series are easy drinking while 700 series is more challenging for some. The Stout pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, some roasted malts and some oak. The flavour is of roasted malts but not overly done with mild notes of coffee and chocolate, a good note of grainy malts and some oak. There is not a very much bitterness present. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 35. This is my favourite of the four beers the brewery launched with and I can say that I really enjoy it.

Commercial Description:   A dry stout with a creamy oatmeal head. The roasted barley offers notes of coffee, while the american oak provides aromas of vanilla and wood. 


Led Sled Porter – Torchlight Brewing

From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Led Sled Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a small brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee.  The flavour is of mild fruit notes, roasted malts, earth, caramel and mild chocolate.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.3% with an IBU of 25.  The beer tastes great even with its understated flavours and is what you would expect from a good session ale.

Commercial Description:  Classic, sleek, and smooth just like the hot rod it’s named after. This porter is brewed the traditional English way, which means it’s good to the last drop.