From 4 Mile Brewing Co in Victoria comes their “Rice Pudding Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, hint of coffee and some sweetness. The flavour is of coffee, chocolate, bready and roasted malts, caramel, cinnamon, ash, earth and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 28. Not being a fan of rice pudding I would never have picked up this beer but when it was given it as a Christmas present it was game on. I’m happy to say that this was a very tasty and interesting porter and I plan on having it again.
Commercial Description: Not your grandma’s rice pudding. Fragrant , delicate spices of vanilla , cinnamon & clove mingle with brown rice to beguile. Round , plump lusciousness lingers. Speed date with elk game pie or frozen cherry cheesecake right from the tin container.
From Tin Whistle Brewing in Penticton comes their “Hands Up Red Ale” their newest seasonal release. The beer pours a deep red colour with a small brownish head. The aroma consists of raisins, fruit, molasses, malts and some rum. The flavour is of raisin, rum, fruits, molasses, oatmeal, mild roast, bitterness and a hint of earth. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 20. This is a tasty red ale that sits on the sweeter side of the spectrum.
Commercial Description: A raisin oatmeal red ale to commemorate Bill Minor, the Gentleman robber.
Backstory: Bill Miner (1847-1913). Bill Miner, the first train robber in Canada was known as the “Gentleman Bandit” because of his good manners during a hold-up. He was also the originator of the phrase “Hands Up!”. On May 8, 1906, he held up the C.P.R near Kamloops making him a local folk hero. He was later arrested by the Royal North West Mounted Police and sentenced to 25 years in the New Westminster Penitentiary. The 1982 Canadian film The Grey Fox was based on Billy Miner’s life.
From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Rail Ale Nut Brown”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of nuts, caramel and sweetness. The flavour is of caramel, mild chocolate, nuts, mild roastiness, some fruits and a sweet finish. Not a complicated beer by any means but tasty and a great beer to cook with.
Commercial Description: A smooth, flavourful nut brown ale with hints of chocolate and licorice. Made with 100% barley, hops, water & yeast, it is named in recognition of the region’s strong railway history and Squamish BC’s West Coast Railway Heritage Park – Home of the Royal Hudson and Western Canada’s largest collection of heritage railway equipment.
From Bridge Brewing out of North Vancouver comes their “Sleigh Booster Imperial Red Ale”. The beer pours a deep red colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of fruit, a hint of roasted malts, bitterness and some caramel. The flavour is of fruit, sweetness, caramel, roasted malts, bitterness and some earthiness. The alcohol content comes in at 9% and an IBU of 71. I really enjoy these big imperial red ales and this was no different.
Commercial Description: Pouring a brilliant ruby red, this Imperial Red Ale is loaded with depth and flavour, with caramel character shining through from the Crystal, Caramel and CaraVienna malt. This is balanced with a hefty hop bill containing Chinook, Columbus and Centennial, which can handle the big flavour provided by the malts. The perfect warming beer for cooler weather!
From the brand new brewery Foamers’ Folly Brewing in PItt Meadows comes their “Bandit Brown Ale”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of roasty malts, nutty, caramel and a semi sweet finish. The flavour is of lots of roasty malts, nuts, caramel, some toffee maybe, sweetness and a little earth in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 23. Not every beer is the most exciting beer you have ever had and they don’t need to be. This one does a great job of being very drinkable and would be good any day.