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.
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.
From Nanaimo’s Longwood Brewery comes their “Full Patch Pumpkin Ale”. The beer pours a brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of pumpkin, spices, toffee, anise and some sweetness. The flavour is of pumpkin, spices, toffee, anise, dark fruits, roasted malts, mild smoke, sweetness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 30. I have been a bit burnt out with pumpkin beers over the last few years but this one is a nice take on the style and I am quite happy I gave it a try.
Commercial Description: This seasonal, Belgian Style Saison is not for the faint of heart. Born in a pumpkin patch and raised in the brewery, this 9% bad boy is not your grandma’s pumpkin pie. Eight slaughtered pumpkins and a whole lotta spice were boiled in a cauldron of barley, hops and anything else we could find lying around. Fly orange with full patch.
From Coronado, California’s Coronado Brewing Company comes their “Stupid Stout 2015″. The Imperial Stout pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, toffee, ash and chocolate. The flavour is of roasted malts, ash, chocolate, toffee, molasses, anise, earth and mild bitterness. Even with the alcohol coming in at 9% you do not taste it. I really liked this one but then an Imperial stout without and alcohol burn is amazing in my books.
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!