Baltic Porter With Red Grape (S2S) – Howe Sound Brewing

From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their new beer in yhe Sea To Sky Series of beers called the “Baltic Porter With Red Grape” and is the 8th release in the series.  This is a Baltic Porter where red grape must is added to the brew.  The beer pours a deep brown with a ruby red tinge and a tan head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, slightly bitter chocolate, toffee, plums, grapes and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of roasted malts, milk and dark chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, some grape, cherry, earth, bitterness and maybe some brown sugar in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 30.  The addition of red grape must really adds a new dimension to the style and makes for a great sipping experience.  I have only had a few beers from this Sea To Sky Series so far but they have all been very interesting and well made.  Take a look for a bottle of this one.

Commercial Description:  Baltic Porter is an old style beer originating in the Baltic states in the 1800’s. The style is unique because it is fermented with lager yeast which creates a crisp smooth finish. It is conditioned over a two month period before packaging. Red Grape must is added at the end of the fermentation to add complexity and intrigue to the beer.  Simon Jongsma, head brewer comments, ” A rich Baltic Porter with notes of raisin, plum, dark chocolate, and toffee. The addition of red grape adds a complex aroma of sweet cherry and currant with a delicate finish. The combination of a very old traditional style of beer with the red grape creates a very elegant beer with complexity that continues to grow with every sip.”

Food pairings as per brewery:  Excellent with smoked or grilled meats such as beef, pork or poultry, hearty stew or soups. Pairs well with rich deep chocolate, dark fruit/berries with the red wine notes.



Goliat Imperial Stout – To Øl

From the Gypsy brewery To Øl out of Denmark comes their “Goliat Imperial Stout” brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.  The beer pours a black opaque with a deep brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. The flavour is of milk chocolate, burnt coffee, molasses, roasted malts, earth and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 10.1%. If you like Imperial stouts like I do then this is a bottle not to miss. The flavour is great!

Commercial Description:  The great warrior of Gath. The mighty champion of the Philistines. Embedded in ancient folklore and religion. Coming from the World of Old. His size and stature is not human. He is bigger. The armor of Goliat is black. Creamy black lacings. Stands with a towering height. He can grab elements from both earth and heaven. Earthy, roasted, notes from the earth. Warming, pungent, sweet notes from the skies. His heart is beating slowly, almost endlessly slow. This man is thought to be invincible!


Yeti White Stout – Old Yale Brewing

From Old Yale Brewing out of Chilliwack comes their brand new “Yeti White Stout”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate.  The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, sweetness and some mild earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% and 20 IBU.  This beer has a surprisingly full body that you might even think your are drinking a standard stout blindfolded.  This beer tastes really good!

Commercial Description:  As brewer of Canada’s best stout, we decided to experiment. This full-bodied white stout will deceive your eyes and your taste buds with its dark chocolate, coffee & vanilla flavour and its creamy finish.

Food Pairings as per brewery:  Roasted Lamb with garlic & rosemary, Baby Back Ribs, Baked Mac & Cheese, Shepherd’s Pie


Eleventy One Imperial Stout – Torchlight Brewing

From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Eleventy One Imperial Stout”.  This beer was one of 12 original beers launched at Lift Off! an event part of Victoria Beer Week 2016.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate and sweetness.  The flavour was much more complex with roasted malts, earth, ash, milk chocolate, dark fruits, mild bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 10%.  Big bold and full of flavour all things you want in a big Imperial stout.  I just hope more people in BC get to try and enjoy this beer than normally do!

Commercial Description:  This potent stout derives it’s rich flavour from the complex blend of grains used to brew it to the original gravity or eleventy one.


Hot Chocolate Porter – Ravens Brewing Company

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.