From Bridge Brewing out of North Vancouver comes their “Black Rye IPA”. The beer pours a black opaque colour with a deep brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, mild toasted rye and floral hops. The flavour is of burnt malts, roasted coffee, rye, earth, resin, hint of fruit and a good hit of hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 68. This beer hits all the notes you would expect in a black IPA and would be a great choice for anyone looking for a Cascadian Dark Ale.
Black Note Book Series (Re-brand of Limited Release program)
From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Auld Skool Scottish Ale” the newest addition of the Black Note Book Series form Granville Island’s Vern Lambourne. This Scottish Ale pours a deep ruby/brown colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of malts, caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of malts, caramel, roasted coffee, dark fruits, spices, earthy and some mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.25% with an IBU of 20. The sweetness of the malts goes well with the caramel in this beer and makes for a well balanced Scottish Ale. Vern you have done a great job again!
Commercial Description: With a robust blend of big malts, this traditional ale will have you kickin’ it in a kilt before you can say, “Who’s your laddie?”
Food pairing as per the brewery: Its roasted and caramel malts pair perfectly with grilled, braised or roasted meats. Or you could always just enjoy it with some haggis.
From Canmore Alberta’s The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company comes their “Moose Knuckle Winter Stout”. The stout pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, caramel and smoke. The flavour is of smoke up front with roasted coffee, roasted malts, caramel and some hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. So far this is the most flavourful beer in the calendar. The overall roastieness is quite pleasing.
Commercial Description: Huge roast flavour and body. Created similarly to a traditional Irish Oatmeal Stout, this dark ale has heaps of character and will easily substitute for a full-blown meal. Received the Silver medal at Brewtopia ’98.
From Park City Utah’s Wasatch Brew Pub and Brewery comes their “polygamy Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour although not opaque with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel and chocolate. The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4%. This is a tasty beer and I am so happy that I was able to pick it up in Oregon when I was there!
Commercial Description: This dark, medium bodied ale offers the drink-ability of a much lighter beer. The inviting chocolate and malty flavors fade into a slightly dry, silky smooth finish. Why have just one? 4.0% alcohol by volume.
From Mt. Begbie Brewing Company in Revelstoke BC comes their “Dark Side of the Stoke Coffee Stout”. The stout pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma is of malts, milk chocolate, and lots of roasted coffee. The flavour consists of roasted coffee, malts, milk/cream, chocolate and some mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at low but fairly standard 4.8% for a stout. This stout is great with lots of flavour and a good body.
Commercial Description: A sinister blend of roasted malts combined with Revelstoke’s Stoke Roasted Coffee yields a complex rich flavour that can only be found on the darkside.