From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Barrel Aged Belgain Tripel” a beer released for the breweries second anniversary. The beer pours a cloudy golden orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of wine, oak, candied sugar, tannin and sweetness. The flavour is of wine, oak, sweetness, candied sugar, tannins, citrus rind, vanilla and a low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9% and shows up in the flavour a bit with an IBU of 25. While a Tripel is not my favourite style the wine barrels brought the sweetness back a bit for me and made it more enjoyable than most in this style. This style can be a bit cloying for me usually.
From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their “Barrel Aged Brett Saison”. The beer poured an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of oak, brettanomyces, red wine and tropical fruit. The flavour was of red wine, cherry, tropical fruit, tannin’s, brettanomyces funk, oak and some earth in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 18. I love a good sasion brett and this one ranks up there.
Commercial Description: A blend of seven barrels, this Brett Saison is fermented with French Saison, Farmhouse and Belgian yeasts. Aging in red wine barrels with Brettanomyces Lambicus and Brettanomyces Bruxellensis for over a year adds pineapple and cherry aromatics, along with a touch of earthy brett quality. The wine barrels contribute raspberry and cherry notes along with a dry oaky finish, making for a flavourful and complex brett beer.
From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged” part of their 2017 Barrel Aged series. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of bourbon, chocolate, treacle, anise, oak, vanilla, roasted malts and alcohol. The flavour is of bourbon, milk chocolate, anise, treacle, toffee, roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, oak, vanilla, mild bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5%. Julia knocked it out of the park once again with this release! This is exactly what I want out of an Imperial Stout.
Commercial Description: Aged for months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels., This Imperial Stout pours near black with a thick tan head. It’s a powerful beer perfect for immediate enjoyment or further maturing.
From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels” a beer aged for one year in Bourbon Barrels for their second anniversary. This was bottle 309 of 468. The beer poured an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, anise with a sweet finish. The flavour was of vanilla, bourbon, oak, anise, chocolate, toffee, espresso, roasted malts, brown sugar, coconut and very little bitterness. The alcohol content is a cool 11.6% that is partially masked by the flavour of this beer.
Commercial Description: Aged in select bourbon barrels since September 2016, this dense, inky imperial stout has big aromas of fudge, vanilla and espresso. The palate brings an intense mix of chocolate, char, and coconut and a thick luscious mouth feel that leads into a warming, rich finish. An intentionally low carbonation brings an exceptional spirit-like character to the beer.
From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Barleywine Barrel Aged”. The beer pours a deep reddish copper with a tan head. The aroma consists of candied sugar, sweetness, toffee, dark fruits, red wine, oak and vanilla. The flavour is of dark fruits, candied sugar, red wine, toffee, oak, fairly low bitterness and a mild alcohol burn to finish it off. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 35. I am a massive fan of Barleywine’s and this one is really enjoyable. I am glad I was able to pick up a few cans while in Saskatchewan.
Commercial Description: Barrel aged for 10 months in recently emptied red wine barrels. Our Barleywine begins with a beautiful port and wet oak aroma, which translates into a luscious, warming mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated with a strong amount of bitterness to balance out the bold dark cherry, red wine, and brandy flavours.