From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Table Beer Series #1 Red Wine Barrel Brown 2016″. As the brewery puts it this is the Beer of Wine Country. The beer pours a very deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of a ton of red wine, roasted malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of red wine, roasted malts, nuts, earth, chocolate, cherry, berries and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%. I do not always know what to expect from Wine barrel aged beers but this was a fantastic, enjoyable brew!
From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their fourth and last beer of 2016 in their fellowship club the “Fellowship Boris Arabica” a version of their Boris Russian Imperial Stout. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of huge coffee notes, roasted malts, vanilla, oak and a creamy finish. The flavour is of burnt coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, earth, oak, cream, hints of red wine from the barrels. The alcohol content comes in at 8%. I’m not sure if I preferred the original version of Boris or this one but this one was still very tasty. Regardless this is a very tasty beer.
From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their “En Rouge (Barley Wine)” a Barley Wine aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels. The beer pours a deep chestnut brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, oak, dark cherry, red wine, roasted malts and some leather. The flavour is of dark cherries, dark fruits, plum, red wine, oak, caramel, roasted malts, leather and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 15. This Barley Wine tastes great with nice notes of red wine that do not overpower the essence of what a barley wine is.
Commercial Description: En Blanc and En Rouge are the same 10% abv barley wine fermented with wine yeast, and aged for a year in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels respectively. En Blanc is described as having notes of “vanilla, coconut, apricot, peach, molasses and fruitcake with a touch of citrus,” while En Rouge offers “black currant, dark cherry, leather, tobacco, plum and dates.”
From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their third beer in their fellowship club the “Fellowship Nocturnum Galactica” a Cascadian Dark Ale aged in red wine oak barrels for 1 year with Brettanomyces and dry hopped with Galaxy hops. The beer pours a deep copper brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of barnyard funk, roasted malts, dark fruit, citrus, red wine and grassy hops. The flavour is of huge oak, barnyard funk, roasted malts, dark fruity and citrus red wine, leather, earth, bitterness and maybe a hint of soy sauce. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. This is a really well crafted beer although it has transitioned far from its original Black IPA. I will have to pick up more bottles of this beer as I am a member of the Fellowship.
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.