Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale – Innis & Gunn


From Edinburgh Scotland comes the Innis & Gunn “Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale”.  This Imperial Red Ale pours a deep chestnut colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla and oak.  The flavour is of brown sugar, dark fruits, orange, cherries, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, medium bitterness and an overall sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.4%.  While its not my favourite of the Innis & Gunn beers I have had it was a very interesting brew and I am glad I tried it.

Commercial Description:  An Imperial Red Ale brewed using extra Pale Ale, Rye Crystal and Crystal Malts with a touch of wheat. A first for Innis & Gunn, the beer was transferred into first fill bourbon casks and then dry hopped with a blend of Ahtanum and Amarillo hops for maturation. The dry hopping imparts an intense and distinctive hop aroma of orange, Turkish delight, dried cherries and lychees.

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Horizon Tokyo* Black – Nøgne Ø (Mikkeller, Brewdog) (Aged 3 Years 7 Months)


Brewed at Nøgne Ø in Norway in collaboration with Brewdog and Mikkeller comes their “Horizon Tokyo* Black” a collaborative version of all three breweries huge beers Dark Horizon, Tokyo and Black.  The beer pours a oily black colour that is opaque with a small brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, smoke, dark fruits, cranberry, treacle, syrup and some alcohol.  The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses, treacle, cranberry, ash, smoke, burnt malts, leather, earth and only really a hint of alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at an insane 16% with an IBU of 100.  This beer is insanely smooth for a beer of 16% let alone 8% and has all the making of an amazing stout.

Commercial Description:  Horizon Tokyo Black:  On a cold, windy and rainy day in November 2010 we visited  BrewDog together with world famous beer merchant Mikkeller.  Our plan was to make a beer, which would be close to an interpolation between our individual brews Tokyo, Black and Dark Horizon.  This beer should in turn be brewed by us and also for Mikkeller.  It was called Black Tokyo Horizon.   Unfortunately we have been very busy, but it is now time to make the second celebration of this great collaboration:  Please welcome Horizon Tokyo Black!

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Tokyo* (intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout) (Aged 2 years+) – Brewdog


From Brewdog out of Aberdeenshire, Scotland comes the “Tokyo* (intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout)” aged in my cellar from March 2013 to December 2015. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, cranberries, oak and sweetness. The flavour is of cranberries, oak, chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, sweetness and some booze warmth at the end. The alcohol content comes in at 18.2% with an IBU of 90. This beer is epic in all ways. I wish I could get more of it but it no longer seems to be sold in BC. This is only a 330ml bottle but it should be shared or drank over two days unless you want to have a bad morning!

Commercial Description:  This imperial stout is brewed with copious amounts of speciality malts, jasmine and cranberries. After fermentation we then dry-hop this killer stout with a bucketload of our favourite hops before carefully ageing the beer on French toasted oak chips.  It is all about moderation. Everything in moderation, including moderation itself. What logically follows is that you must, from time, have excess. This beer is for those times.

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Traquair 50 Anniversary Ale – Traquair House


From Traquair House in Scotland comes their “Traquair 50 Anniversary Ale” an Old Ale.  The beer was limited to a 20,000 bottle run so I do not know how it made it to Canada.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a ruby tinge and a brown head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of dark fruits, cherries, brown sugar, earth, molasses and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 9%.  This beer was a bit on the sweet side but it was good and I was glad I was able to get a bottle.

Commercial Description:  Celebrating 50 years of brewing in the ancient brewery at Traquair, Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House. A limited edition ale (20,000 bottles only) packaged in a specially designed bottle. This is not a beer to be taken lightly but promises to be a smooth dark  and well balanced ale.

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Sink the Bismarck – Brewdog


Brewdog in Scotland is known for making seriously strong beer.  I have had Tokyo* at 18.2% and Tactical Nuclear Penguin at 32% but my latest score was the strongest beer in the world in 2010 when it was released.  “Sink the Bismarck” is considered a quadruple IPA as it has 4 times the hops, 4 times the bitterness and 4 times frozen.  The beer pours an amber colour with no head and really no carbonation.  The aroma consists of booze, huge caramel, floral hops and maybe a hint of fruity citrus.  The flavour is of booze and lots of it with caramel, toffee, resin, intense hops bitterness, hops oils.  The alcohol content comes in at a whopping 41%!  At stronger 9% stronger than the next strongest beer I was surprised it was still quite tasty.  This reminds me of a hopped spirit but still tastes like and IPA.

Commercial Description:  Sink the Bismarck! is beer, amplified. With the volume turned full up, it is important you that you be careful with this beer and show it the same amount of sceptical, tentative respect you would show an international chess superstar, clown or gypsy.  Sink the Bismarck is a quadruple IPA that contains four times the hops, four times the bitterness and frozen four times to create at a staggering 41% ABV.  This is IPA amplified, the most evocative style of the craft beer resistance with the volume cranked off the scale. Kettle hopped, dry hopped then freeze hopped for a deep fruit, resinous and spicy aroma. A full out attack on your taste-buds ensues as the incredibly smooth liquid delivers  a crescendo of malt, sweet honey, hop oils and a torpedo of hop bitterness which lasts and lasts.

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Check out the video they made for the beers release.

Sink the Bismarck! from BrewDog on Vimeo.