Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody is getting a name for their experimental IPA’s but that’s not all they are experimenting with as this “STR8 FLEXIN’ IMPERIAL STOUT”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, oats, chocolate and sweetness. The flavour is of chocolate, coffee, ash, roasted malts, toffee, mild soy sauce and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 40. While I love what Twin Sails Brewing is doing with their IPA’s this was an epic new imperial stout to hit the local market!
Commercial Description: Str8 Flexin’ is our biggest to date and it certainly stands up to the title. Weighing in at a massive 11% ABV, Str8 Flexin’ is about as big as an Imperial Stout gets. The body is BIG and the carb is low leaving the mouth feel silky and rich. Huge aromas of chocolate fudge on the nose and balanced roasted espresso and vanilla flavours round out the palette.
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 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 Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Blue Monk Bourbon Barley Wine” a bottle from the 2016 vintage. The beer pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of bourbon, oak, toffee, caramel, booze, candied sugar and dark fruits. The flavour is of bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, treacle, dark fruit, earth, mild roast and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 60. While I cant say that I have had a huge amount of Brewsters beers I feel comfortable saying this is the best beer that Brewsters makes. If you find this beer buy more than one bottle for sure!
Commercial Description: The 2016 edition of Blue Monk Barley Wine aged for 3 months in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. After a bit of research with the brewery I have found out that the barrels are a mix of Woodford Reserve and Heaven Hill Barrels.
Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver is now open. My favourite of their launch lineup was their “Maraca Passionfruit Black IPA”. The beer poured a deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, Passionfruit and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, Passionfruit, almost some tartness, earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% and an IBU of 50. This is quite the mixture of flavours and well executed tasty brew.