From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Clayburn Smoked Scotch Ale”. The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of smoke, peat and caramel. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, peat smoke, roasted malts, maple, bitterness and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%. While I am not a massive fan of smoked beers this one is well made and very enjoyable.
Commercial Description: Smouldering smoke rises over dark caramel and a rich malty backbone, leaving you with a smooth and decadent finish.
From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their “Salted Chocolate Porter”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, mild roasted malts, caramel and salt. The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, ash, peat, earth, caramel and salt. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25. You don’t often find salt in a beer other than a Gose but this really worked.
Commercial Description: The first release in our illumination series, this Salted Chocolate Porter offers chocolate and vanilla aromas and a full body with rich chocolate flavours from a well-balanced combination of toasted and chocolate malts. While the addition of hand-harvested Pacific Ocean Fleur de Sel from Vancouver Island Salt Co. provides an intriguing flourish on the finish. It pours near black with a tan head and is a rich and robust brew sure to please classic porter lovers and adventurous imbibers alike.
From Surrey BC’s Russel Brewing comes their “A Wee Angry Scotch Ale”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of lots of malt, caramel, toffee, mild smoke and some sweetness. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, nuts, earth, peat, sweetness and maybe a hint of chocolate and lesser of mint possibly. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 30. This is an approachable Scotch Ale and worth a pickup.
Commercial Description: A Wee Angry Scotch Ale is crafted in the style of a 19th century 90 Schilling Scotch Ale is a strong, dark ale with dominant malt accent that originated in Edinburgh. Made with Scottish specialty malts including Peated Malt imparting a slight smoky character to the beer.
Some times you get a chance to try out some very interesting and rare beers and this is one of those. From De Struise Brouwers in Belgium comes their “C-DOS (Cuvée Delphine On Steroids aka Pablo Eiscobar” a Double Eisbocked version of Cuvée Delphine. This version was brewed in 2010 and aged for 5 years in Arran Lochranza barrels. The beer pours a very deep brown colour with no head or carbonation and some sediment. The aroma consists of bourbon, chocolate, treacle, licorice, dark fruit, oak and lots of booze. The flavour is alcohol up front and lots of it with bourbon, oak, chocolate, treacle, licorice, dark fruits, some nuts, peat and cherries. The alcohol content comes in at an insane 41% and is very very thick! This beer drinks like a bourbon but this is no surprise as the beer comes in at the same alcohol content as a bourbon. If you do not like spirits then this beer is a total miss for you but if you do and you find a bottle then it is something you need to try. But this will cost you a serious pretty penny.
Bottled on 11/08/2015
lot number CDOS 0002/2015
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From Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing comes their “Rune Stone Peated Scotch Ale”. The beer pours a deep Ruby red colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, peat, sweetness and earth. The flavour is of caramel, peak, chocolate, earth and an overall malty finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8%. The peat flavour was not overpowering and the beer was pleasing to the taste.
Commercial Description: Smooth, caramel richness balanced with a peaty backbone and malty warmth.