From Panhead Custom Ales in Wellington, New Zealand comes their “Blacktop Oat Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, anise, chocolate, ash and sweetness. The flavour is of anise, roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, mild chocolate, bitterness and some burnt coffee. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. If you enjoy a beer that is high and the roast you will really like this one. I know that I did.
Commercial Description: As self-confessed bogans we have a natural attraction to black, preferably matte, so Blacktop Oatmeal is close to our hearts. The key to creating a silky death metal monster like this is the caramelised Golden Naked Oats we’ve built it around. Sophisticates will detect the chocolate and coffee notes of creamy tiramisu. The rest of us will note that it matches our jeans.
From Backroads Brewing Co the newest brewery in Nelson BC comes their “ESB”. This Extra Special Bitter pours a cloudy brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of toffee, brown sugar and a hint of fruit. The flavour is of mild roasted malts, toffee, brown sugar, semi sweet with some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 30. While it is not quite like any other ESB I really enjoyed it and I hope that I can get more of their beer sooner than the next time I end up in Nelson.
From Rossland Beer Company in Rossland BC comes their “Psycho Brew Brown Ale”. The brown ale pours a deep reddish brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, toffee, nuts and a semi sweet finish. The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, toffee, nuts, pine and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 45. Its to bad this beer is only available in Rossland BC in the Kootenays as it is really tasty.
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