From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Hawaiian Coconut Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of coconut, chocolate, roasted malts with a semi sweet finish. The flavour is of chocolate, coconut, roasted malts, earth and a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 32. This is an enjoyable porter with just enough going on to be a great choice for a standard fridge 6 pack.
Commercial Description: Like a trip to the Islands! We take a classic British porter and infuse it with fresh coconut.
From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Reina De Fuego” Mexican Chocolate Porter. The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and chili peppers. The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, bitterness, chili peppers, coffee and earth. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 34. This beer is both sweet and spicy. If that does not appeal to your this may not be your beer but if if does then you need to pick this one up!
Commercial Description: A SMOOTH AND SWEET, MEDIUM BODIED PORTER FEATURING FLAVOURS OF CHOCOLATE AND TOFFEE, WITH A LIGHT HINT OF CHILI PEPPER HEAT ON THE FINISH.
Food Pairing as per brewery: MEXICAN CHOCOLATE, BRIE CHEESE, ROAST BEEF
From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their brand new seasonal the “Baltic Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, licorice, toffee, chocolate and sweetness. The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, toffee, hint of coffee, earth, hint of saltiness and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.6% with an IBU of 28. This might be one of my favourite releases from Steel & Oak Brewing. It has all the makings of a great beer and comes in the winter a great time for porters.
Commercial Description: At 7.6% and originally brewed by countries bordering the Baltic Sea this Porter was brewed in a city that borders the Fraser River. Fermented with lager yeast, the S&O Baltic Porter has notes of licorice, cocoa, and toffee followed by a lightly spiced finish. This beer will be available mid month.
From Twa Dogs (Macaloney Brewers & Distillers) brewed at the Victoria Caledonian Brewery & Distillery comes their “Holy Willie’s Robust Porter”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and hints of coffee. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, ash, caramel and coffee. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 25. This is quite a tasty porter and I am happy it has made its way to the mainland now.
Commercial Description: Robert Burns’ ‘Holy Willie’s Prayer’ exists as one of the great satires of poetic creation; a prayer asking forgiveness but also for the strike of Hellfire against enemies. Holy Willie’s Robust Porter exists ‘Strong as a Rock’, Hellfire borrowed to roast the malts, but asks no forgiveness from the flock. Holy Willie begins life in two lands, with BC and British specialty barley, with malted & flaked oats; but He feels the fires below more than others and his passion quickly turns to the Dark Side. Holy Willie must first destroy the young malts, but he is brewed to bring balance to the craft. His IBU bitterness is hidden behind chocolate roasted malts, the swirling maelstrom of his character is bold yet creamy, acrid yet malty. This stout ale, this Robust Porter tells you “Look, I am your Father”.
From Tin Whistle Brewing in Penticton comes their “Killer Bee Porter” aged in a Pinot Noir Barrel for 7 months. This Pinot Noir Barrel came from the wine cellar of Joseph Nagy the father of Michael Nagy (of Tin Whistle). When he was moved out of his house due to health reasons the barrel was emptied of wine and filled with the beer. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a red tinge and a brown head. The aroma consists of honey, wine, oak, caramel and chocolate. The flavour is of honey, oak, red wine, tannins, chocolate, mild roasted malts, some acidity, and coffee notes. I like this beer in its normal state but the barrel aging has added a nice complexity and acidity that it does not have normally.
This beer was a very small production and a tribute to Joseph Nagy. Only 24 bottles were made as well as 5 kegs. There is currently at the time of writing only 20L left at the brewery. I feel very privileged to be one of only 24 people with bottles of this beer. The barrel is made of Hungarian Oak and Joseph Nagy is of Hungarian Decent. The heart breaking part of this beer is that Joseph Nagy is unable to even take a sip of this beer due to the medication that he is on.
“What began as an experiment turned out to be a great beer to honor a great father.” Michael Nagy
Commercial Description: Dark and rich. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. The flavour and aroma of dark honey creates a silky smooth finish. Silver medal winner at Calgary International Beer Fest.