Rune Stone Peated Scotch Ale – Bad Tattoo Brewing

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.


Whistler Brewing The Chief Chipotle Harvest Ale

From Whistler, BC, comes The Chief Chipotle Harvest Ale.

Just quickly: a chipotle is a smoke-dried jalapeño.

The beer has a beautiful red-gold with very few carbonation bubbles. The head is a fine off white.

The nose comes with a good aroma of clean hay.

Normally spicy flavour es beers start right away with the heat but this starts with a very nice mild hop bitterness mixed with sweet, smoky malt, almost like a lightly peated whiskey. A very light touch of jalapeño flavour rolls through on a light, round malt. Finally the heat gently settles on the tongue and slowly fades.

This is a wonderfully complex beer that I would love to have with Mexican or Thai food.


Scottish Highland Cream Ale – Storm Brewing

From Vancouver’s Storm Brewing comes the “Scottish Highland Cream Ale”.  Storm Brewing is only available on tap such as at St Augustine’s on Commercial Drive where this pint was enjoyed.  Fashioned after the popular Scottish Cream Ales the beer is well suited to the rainy winters in Vancouver or Scotland.  The beer pours a hazy golden colour with a white head.  The beer has an aroma of grass, caramel and a hit of peated smoke.  The beer tastes of roasted barley, caramel, peated malts and some hops (Willamette Hops).  This beer has a very creamy consistency and is very smooth drinking.  The beer sits at an alcohol content of 5%.

6.26 Barrel Aged 17 Anniversary Scotch Ale – Russell Brewing

From Surrey BC’s Russell Brewing Company comes they “6.26 Barrel Aged 17 Anniversary Scotch Ale”.  For their 17th Anniversary Russel has created a Bourbon aged Ale that uses Scottish specialty peated malts.  The beer has a deep brown appearance with a small off white head.  The beer has the aroma of malt, hops and mild aromas of oak, bourbon and caramel.  The beers flavor is quite nice with some up front caramel and hops with some smoke and mild bourbon behind it.  There is a slightly woody flavor as well from the barrel aging and what I can only guess is a flavor from the peated malts that are used.  This beer has some body behind it for sure.  The beer is a 6.5% alcohol with an IBU of 30.  Here is hoping that they do a 18 year anniversary ale with the same recipe this one is pretty tasty.  This beer was only brewed once to mark this anniversary.