From Nanaimo’s Longwood Brewery comes their “Full Patch Pumpkin Ale”. The beer pours a brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of pumpkin, spices, toffee, anise and some sweetness. The flavour is of pumpkin, spices, toffee, anise, dark fruits, roasted malts, mild smoke, sweetness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 30. I have been a bit burnt out with pumpkin beers over the last few years but this one is a nice take on the style and I am quite happy I gave it a try.
Commercial Description: This seasonal, Belgian Style Saison is not for the faint of heart. Born in a pumpkin patch and raised in the brewery, this 9% bad boy is not your grandma’s pumpkin pie. Eight slaughtered pumpkins and a whole lotta spice were boiled in a cauldron of barley, hops and anything else we could find lying around. Fly orange with full patch.
From Winterlong Brewing Co located in Whitehorse of the Yukon Territory comes their “Nightshade Black IPA”. The beer pours a deep black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, ash and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, mild smoke, earth, caramel and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 75. This may not be my favourite style of IPA but this one is quite well made and I would recommend picking it up if you can make it up to the Yukon Territory or even trade for a bottle.
Commercial Description: Dark and roasty malts meet fruity and earthy hops. This beer is unapologetically flavourful, keeping your taste buds on edge.
From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Hot Chocolate Porter”. Despite the name this beer should be considered chilled and not hot. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of milk chocolate, malts and a very sweet finish. The flavour is of roasted malts, milk chocolate, sweet, earth and some smoke in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25. Some will find this to sweet and in a way I am surprised I did not but if you like a good hot chocolate just picture this tasting quite similar but cold instead.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Salted Black Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of roasty malts, hint of salt and mild smoke. The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, mild smoke and salt, dark fruits and licorice. The alcohol content comes in at 7%. When I read salt and licorice the first time I was worried as that is the only way I do not enjoy licorice but luckily both are subdued in this beer and it rounds out into a very nice flavourful treat.
From Red Racer Brewing (Central City Brewing) out of Surrey BC comes the “Jitter Buzz Imperial Coffee Stout”. I did not get the Central City and Parallel 49 Advent Calendar this year but I managed to get ahold of this beer the 24th beer of the Calendar. To take a look at the whole calendar look here. The coffee used in this brew was donated by Around the World Bean. The beer pours an opaque black with a small light brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, roasts malts, hint of chocolate, molasses and some sweetness. The flavour is of coffee, molasses, roasted malts, hint of chocolate, earth, mild smoke or ash and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 9%. I think this brew would be worthy of exploring as a regular lineup beer.