Three Bears Breakfast Stout – Trading Post Brewing


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.

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Black Lager – Doan’s Craft Brewing Company


From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Black Lager”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted coffee, roasted malts and earth.  The flavour is of coffee, roasted malts, some caramel, ash and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 30.  I am really loving the Black Lager these days.  They have tons of flavour unlike other styles of lager!

Salted Chocolate Porter – Steamworks Brewing


From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their “Salted Chocolate Porter”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, mild roasted malts, caramel and salt.  The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, ash, peat, earth, caramel and salt.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25.  You don’t often find salt in a beer other than a Gose but this really worked.

Commercial Description:  The first release in our illumination series, this Salted Chocolate Porter offers chocolate and vanilla aromas and a full body with rich chocolate flavours from a well-balanced combination of toasted and chocolate malts. While the addition of hand-harvested Pacific Ocean Fleur de Sel from Vancouver Island Salt Co. provides an intriguing flourish on the finish. It pours near black with a tan head and is a rich and robust brew sure to please classic porter lovers and adventurous imbibers alike.

Barrel Aged Maple Porter – Fernie Brewing


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.

48 Dark Lager – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Victoria BC’s Vancouver Island Brewing comes their “48 Dark Lager” one of their brew re-branded beers.  The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of lightly roasted malts, coffee, mild fruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, nutty, citrus, earth and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8%.  This is an enjoyable black lager with just enough flavour to keep you coming back for more.

Commercial Desciption:  84 Dark Lager is a malty, authentic Bavarian dark lager crafted with a blend of caramel, chocolate and roasted wheat malts.  Aromas and flavours of bread crusts, coffee and chocolate accentuate this malt-forward beer, while light hop bitterness and flavour are present.  This full-bodied beer’s finish is surprising:  it ends smooth and clean, typical or the cold fermented lager.