Barley Wine (2017 Vintage) – Longwood Brewery


From Nanaimo’s Longwood Brewery comes their “Barley Wine” a barrel aged beer from the 2017 Vintage.  The beer pours a deep chestnut colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla and sweetness.  The flavour is of dark fruits, roasted malts, treacle, syrupy, brown sugar, sweetness, earth and some bitterness with some alcohol in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.5% with an IBU of 45.  This was an interesting English Barley Wine and I look forward to trying it again sooner than later.

Commercial Description:  Steeped in lore and tradition, this special annual brew can be enjoyed now or cellared to futher mature.  Mahogany brown with a vast shattering attack of malt, hints of raisin, vanilla and a bitter sweet chocolate finish.  This well aged ale (8 months in oak) is a great finish to any dining experience or simply by itself.  Best enjoyed at cellar temperature.

Full Patch Pumpkin Ale – Longwood Brewery


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.

Departure Bay Session Ale – White Sails Brewing


From White Sails Brewing in Nanaimo comes their “Departure Bay Session Ale”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of caramel, fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, malts, fruit, citrus and a sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.6%.  This is a nice session ale and fits into what most people are looking for these days.  Session Ales.

Commercial Description:  This buzzing social port frequented by beach bums and known for its infamous bath tub races has many stories to tell.
It will greet you with its shores, wave you goodbye and leave you forever inspired.  Tasting Notes:  Light bodied. Crisp fruit flavours, citrus notes and a smooth creamy undertone makes this a refreshing session ale.

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Jinglepot Stout (Chocolate Pecan Milk Stout) – Wolf Brewing


From Nanaimo’s Wolf Brewing comes their limited release “Jinglepot Stout (Chocolate Pecan Milk Stout)”.  The beer pours a opaque brown to black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate milk, sweetness, pecan, caramel and vanilla.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, lactose, pecans, earth and a mild Irish Whiskey finish.  The alcohol content comes in at  4.7%.  This is a really good beer and I hope they make it again!  I know that the beer was quite difficult to make and would be made differently if done again though after talking to the head brewer.

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Mount Benson India Pale Ale – White Sails Brewing


From White Sails Brewing in Nanaimo comes their “Mount Benson India Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus, caramel and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, citrus, citrus rind, caramel, earth, some resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 60.  This is quite a refreshing IPA and I hope the bottles make their way across to Vancouver before to long.

Commercial Description:  Accept the challenge, savour the reward.
With endless coastal views and picturesque forest, an ambitious hike awaits demanding adventure and a smile of accomplishment.  Medium bodied.
This beer offers a well balanced clean malty flavour characterized by it’s distinguished hop bitterness.  Delicious aroma of fruit and citrus.

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