From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Black Pils”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee and some floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, earth and some pilsner malts with herbal hops and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 23. This is hardly a pilsner in the regular sense but that makes it far more interesting to me.
Commercial Description: Our dark twist on a classic Czech style Pilsner. A dark black beer with an authentic Saaz forward hop character creating a nice bite and dark malts add subtle roasty notes.
Thanks to Hearthstone Brewery for this photograph.
From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, pine, citrus and some floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, earth, pine a hint of citrus and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 50. I was hoping for a little more fruit characteristic but I did quite enjoy this brew.
Commercial Description: SPARKS FLY WHEN BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL HOPS MEET A DARING AND ROASTED MALT BASE. THE HOP FLAVOURS AND AROMAS OF A POWERHOUSE IPA ARE BALANCED PERFECTLY WITH THE DEPTH AND INTRICACY OF A COMPLEX DARK ALE.
Food pairing as per the brewery: GRILLED PORK, SPICY CHICKEN TACOS, SWISS CHEESE
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario co-operatively brewed with Crannóg Ales of Sorrento BC comes their “Black Strap Boot Strapper Porter”. The beer pours a deep chestnut colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of molasses, coffee, chocolate and a sweet finish. The flavour is of molasses, chocolate, ash, roasted malts, plum, burnt coffee resin and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 30. The body was a bit on the thin side but the flavour was right on point!
Commercial Description: Blackstrap Bootstrapper is a classic British-style porter brewed with an addition of fairtrade organic blackstrap molasses. The recipe uses Challenger hops harvested from Left Fields, the certified organic farm on which Crannóg Ales stands, located in the sunny Shuswap region of BC.
Food pairing as per brewery: Beef, oyster and porter pie (British traditional pie), bacon-wrapped scallops on the BBQ, dark chocolate pudding.
From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Three Bears Breakfast Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of ash, roasted malts, burnt coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal. The flavour is of oatmeal, ash, roasted malts, earth, chocolate, burnt coffee and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 40. This is definitely breakfast in a bottle. I would recommend maybe keeping the breakfast beer to camping in the summer though.
Commercial Description: On a canoe trip down the Fraser, HBC chief factor Gavin Hamilton decided to go to shore to shoot some ducks. Armed with a double barreled fowling piece, he came face to face with three bears. He took the first two out with a single shot and reloaded just in time to take out the third which knocked him to the ground as it fell. Brewed with dark roasted malt, Centennial hops and Republica Roasters coffee, this jet black oatmeal stout features notes of chocolate and espresso. Big, bold and surprisingly smooth, this “eye-opener” has a creamy tan head and is the great for breakfast or any time of day.
From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Barrel Aged Maple Porter”. This beer was aged for 12 months in Pinot Noir Barrels. The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of red wine, chocolate, earth, roasted malts, caramel and maple. The flavour is of red wine, chocolate, caramel, toffee, maple, roasted malts and ash. The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 35. I was really happy to find this beer at a local liquor store in Vancouver as it is really complex and tasty.
Commercial Description: Our Award-Winning Maple flavored Porter. Aged for one year in oak barrels which previously held Pinot Noir from Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery. Expect strong notes of berries and dried fruit, combined with our dark, robust Porter.