Winter Lager – Steamworks Brewing


From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Winter Lager”. The beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of bready and caramel malts with mild hops aroma. The flavour is of mildly roasted malts with caramel and bready malts as well as some earth, spices and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.4% with an IBU of 30. As lagers go this one is not just your boring yellow fizzy lager and should be a nice compliment to the winter season especially if your not into dark beer.

Commercial Description:  This comforting brew pours a deep copper and combines a rich toasted malt flavour with a restrained hop bitterness to create a well balanced, versatile beer. Our winter lager is a highly drinkable, yet complex beer with a rich aftertaste that will leave you yearning for another. An elegant lager perfect for longer nights.


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Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout – Moody Ales


From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout”.  The beer pours a deep opaque brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, cookies, roasted malts and some mild roast.  The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, cookies, dark fruit, roasted malts and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 38.  This one has the body more like a porter but is very tasty.  I am glad that this  beer has come back this year.

Commercial Description:  Some say the only ingredients in a beer should be barley, hops, yeast and water. We say, the more the merrier. The Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is brewed with chocolate malt and cocoa powder, then conditioned on cocoa nibs for an intense milk chocolate flavour. Oats contribute a baked oatmeal cookie aroma. A perfect treat right before bed.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Butter Pastries, Fruit-Based Desserts, Berries, Anything with Chocolate.

Working Class Hero Dark Mild – Riot Brewing


From Riot Brewing in Chemainus on Vancouver Island comes their “Working Class Hero Dark Mild”.  The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts and sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, nuts, caramel, chocolate, mild earth, sweetness and a low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 3.8% with an IBU of 14.  You have to love a good mild ale that is full of flavour and this one is just that!

Bell Cow Milk Chocolate Porter – Jdub’s Brewing Company


From Jdub’s Brewing Company in Sarasota Florida comes their “Bell Cow Milk Chocolate Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head that dissipates quickly.  The aroma consists of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, lactose, malt and some sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, milk chocolate, molasses, lactose, some earth and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.6%.  This is definitely a dessert beer but you can never go wrong with a good dessert beer!

Commercial Description:   Think of a sweet milk chocolate candy bar, dessert.

Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout 2017 – Cigar City Brewing


From Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Bay Florida comes their “Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout” 2017 Vingate.  The beer pours a jet black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate and some alcohol.  The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, molasses, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, anise, dark fruit, maybe some umami, alcohol and a bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 11.2% with an IBU of 70.  This is a seriously big beer and right up my alley.  I wish I could have brought more of this beer back or visited the brewery while in Florida but there is only so much room in your luggage and we had to leave Florida in a hurry to avoid Hurricane Irma.

Commercial Description:  This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Georgy Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World War II. Opaque black in color, with notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of blackstrap molasses. The English hop varietals provide a subtle herbal dryness, and the beer finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso. Pair Marshal Zhukov’s with mushroom solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia.