From Sooke Oceanside Brewery in Sooke on Vancouver Island comes their “Renfrew Red Ale”. The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, fruity with a floral finish. The flavour is of caramel, mild roasted malts, resin, grassy, mild bitterness and some fruity notes. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1%. While fairly standard this is a good red ale and you will enjoy it.
Commercial Description: Port Renfrew has many names. Some for love, as only the sea could be loved. Some for the ships she has taken, wrecked over rock and wave, where dangerous waters run red. This Red Ale is the namesake of that love and danger. I prefer to call her Renfrew.
From Tofino Brewing out of Tofino on Vancouver Island comes their 5th Anniversary Ale the “Super Tuff” an Imperial take on their Tuff Session Ale. The aroma consists of roasted malts, dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar and some residual sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, earth and sherry. The alcohol content comes in at 10%. I don’t have a good reason why I have not had a Tofino Brewing beer in a while but I am glad this was my latest as it has a ton of flavour. If you can find a bottle but it.
Commercial Description: To celebrate 5 years of brewing beer in Tofino, we bring you the Super Tuff. This is an imperial take on our brewery staple, the Tuff Session Ale. Enjoy right away or cellar this beer and let its character complexify and evolve over time. Cheers.
From Richmond BC’s Big River Brewing Company located inside the Zone Bowling Centre comes their “Chimperial Stout” a Chipotle Imperial stout. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, sweetness and a hint of spice. The flavour is of chipotle, roasted malts, smoke, a hit of chocolate and some earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 40. This beer is very interesting to be sure. I love spice but not always in beer but this one seems to get the best notes from both an Imperial Stout and a chipotle spice.
Commercial Description: A big imperial style stout with Chipotle peppers added. The smoke mingles nicely with roasty stout which gives way to a slow burn that comes from the peppers and the high alcohol. Brilliant when paired with any cheese!
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks is temporarily back to being a Gypsy brewery in Metro Vancouver but that is no matter as they are brewing up all kinds of exciting stuff right now. The latest beer they have released is the “Bean Me UP Espresso Milk Stout” brewed at Dead Frog Brewery. The beer pours a deep ruby brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, creamy lactose, sweet chocolate and some toasty malt finish. The flavour is of sweet lactose, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. This beer used Salt Spring Coffee in the secondary tank. The alcohol content comes in at 5.7%. I am a big fan of Lactose stouts witch is bad for me as I am Lactose intolerant but screw it they taste so good and this one is no different!
Commercial Description: A beer geek’s breakfast? Well this may be exactly that. This is the perfect marriage of espresso coffee and a delicate stout with a smooth creamy sweetness from lactose. Featuring organic Metta Espresso coffee from Salt Spring Coffee in Richmond BC.
From Red Racer Brewing (Central City Brewing) out of Surrey BC comes there “Oatmeal Stout”. The beer pours a deep opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of huge roasted malts, burnt coffee, oatmeal and chocolate. The flavour is of caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, burnt coffee, earthy and a pretty big bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.2% and an IBU of 55. Some people may not like how bitter this stout is but I find it refreshing as there is a ton of flavour at a low alcohol point.
Commercial Description: Red Racer Oatmeal Stout is deep, dark, smooth, and creamy. The use of oatmeal in the mashtun adds silkiness to the texture and body of this ale.