Swirl Imperial Stout – Wren House Brewing

From Wren House Brewing in Phoenix Arizona comes their “Swirl Imperial Stout”.  The beer pours a deep black colour with a big brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, sweetness maybe from lactose.  The flavor is of chocolate, vanilla, some roasted malts, caramel, toffee, hint of coffee and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 13% but you would never guess it.  This beer is definitely best after dinner to be enjoyed for desert.  This is a great imperial stout with so much flavour.

Commercial Description:  SWIRL is a brand new imperial stout from us; 13% with a suuuper thick body and jam packed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, and sugar cone. We think it tastes exactly like a swirl cone!

Phoenix Gold Lager – Phillips Brewing

From Phillips Brewing in Victoria comes the “Phoenix Gold Lager”.  The brew pours a lager yellow with a white head.  The aroma of this beer is of very lightly roasted malts and maybe a bit of citrus and not much else.  The flavor of the beer is quite malty but very lightly roasted wish some sweetness and with more hops than expected for a lager.  The beer has an alcohol content of 5%.  This is a pretty good lager but nothing special.  Do not get me wrong it is still craft beer and much better than the swill they are selling to the masses out there!