Bell Cow Milk Chocolate Porter – Jdub’s Brewing Company


From Jdub’s Brewing Company in Sarasota Florida comes their “Bell Cow Milk Chocolate Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head that dissipates quickly.  The aroma consists of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, lactose, malt and some sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, milk chocolate, molasses, lactose, some earth and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.6%.  This is definitely a desert beer but you can never go wrong with a good desert beer!

Commercial Description:   Think of a sweet milk chocolate candy bar, dessert.

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Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout 2017 – Cigar City Brewing


From Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Bay Florida comes their “Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout” 2017 Vingate.  The beer pours a jet black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate and some alcohol.  The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, molasses, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, anise, dark fruit, maybe some umami, alcohol and a bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 11.2% with an IBU of 70.  This is a seriously big beer and right up my alley.  I wish I could have brought more of this beer back or visited the brewery while in Florida but there is only so much room in your luggage and we had to leave Florida in a hurry to avoid Hurricane Irma.

Commercial Description:  This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Georgy Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World War II. Opaque black in color, with notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of blackstrap molasses. The English hop varietals provide a subtle herbal dryness, and the beer finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso. Pair Marshal Zhukov’s with mushroom solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia.

Speedway Stout – AleSmith Brewing


From San Diego California’s AleSmith Brewing comes their “Speedway Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, molasses, toffee, coffee and ash.  The flavour is of chocolate, toffee, molasses, ash, roasted coffee, burnt malts, brown sugar, earth, dark fruit and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 12% with an IBU of 70.  Well my first experience with AleSmith Brewing went really well.  This beer is really tasty and I look forward to trying more beer from them.  Its a good thing they are available in British Columbia now!

Commercial Description:  Speedway Stout’s ominous, pitch-black appearance has become a hallmark of this modern-day classic. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of locally-roasted coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee, Inc. added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stout’s fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink. This beer ages very well and will continue to mature for many years to come.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  This beer’s great balance makes it a very food-friendly Imperial Stout. Pair its roasty flavors and robust mouthfeel with rich beef dishes and char-grilled foods. Both chocolate and vanilla desserts also pair well, as do salty blue cheeses like Stilton or hard nutty cheeses like aged Gouda and cloth-bound cheddars.

Black Strap Boot Strapper Porter – Beau’s All Natural Brewing (Crannóg Ales)


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario co-operatively brewed with Crannóg Ales of Sorrento BC comes their “Black Strap Boot Strapper Porter”.  The beer pours a deep chestnut colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of molasses, coffee, chocolate and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of molasses, chocolate, ash, roasted malts, plum, burnt coffee resin and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 30.  The body was a bit on the thin side but the flavour was right on point!

Commercial Description:  Blackstrap Bootstrapper is a classic British-style porter brewed with an addition of fairtrade organic blackstrap molasses. The recipe uses Challenger hops harvested from Left Fields, the certified organic farm on which Crannóg Ales stands, located in the sunny Shuswap region of BC.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Beef, oyster and porter pie (British traditional pie), bacon-wrapped scallops on the BBQ, dark chocolate pudding.

Singularity 2017 – Driftwood Brewing


Victoria’s Driftwood Brewing releases a very limited release Russian Imperial Stout every year in the winter months.  This beer is called “Singularity 2017”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of bourbon, oak, chocolate, toffee, roasted malts and some ash.  The flavour is of and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 13.2%.  This beer is always a winner and they have really outdone themselves this year.  If you can find this beer make sure to pick up a few bottles so you can age at least one.

Commercial Description:  Beer of infinite density. Massive, rich coffee and chocolate flavour mingle with the vanilla and dried fruit. A beer to be shared and savoured. Can be cellared. Enjoy with (or as) dessert!

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