From Bomber Brewing in Vancouver in collaboration with Sawdust City Brewing Co out of Gravenhurst Ontario comes their “Spicy Nuggs Imperial Rye Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, rye, chocolate, anise and a hint of hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, chocolate, anise, big rye spice, chipotle pepper and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 70. While I usually don’t really enjoy spiced beer I saw some real potential in this one and all of that potential and more was realized and more! This beer is an awesome mixture of flavour.
Commercial Description: Forged in the fiery furnaces of a new-found friendship, Spicy Nuggs Imperial Rye Stout is a festival of flavours and one F’n good collaboration. Ridiculous measures of roasted and rye malts lay the base, while spicy nugget hop hash and smoky chipotle pepper bring the heat to this massive inter-provincial ale.
From Panhead Custom Ales in Wellington, New Zealand comes their “Blacktop Oat Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, anise, chocolate, ash and sweetness. The flavour is of anise, roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, mild chocolate, bitterness and some burnt coffee. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. If you enjoy a beer that is high and the roast you will really like this one. I know that I did.
Commercial Description: As self-confessed bogans we have a natural attraction to black, preferably matte, so Blacktop Oatmeal is close to our hearts. The key to creating a silky death metal monster like this is the caramelised Golden Naked Oats we’ve built it around. Sophisticates will detect the chocolate and coffee notes of creamy tiramisu. The rest of us will note that it matches our jeans.
From Vancouver BC’s R&B Brewing comes the “Ursos Arctos Russian Imperial Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, sweetness, earth, ash and some smoke. The flavour is of roasted malts, ash, smoke, chocolate, toffee, earth, sweetness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10.4% and an IBU of 85. I am a big fan of the Russian Imperial Stout style and this one is very well made. I will have to look into buying a few more bottles to age them in my cellar.
Commercial Description: We wanted to produce a full flavored Russian Imperial Stout with complexity in dark malt character that was well balanced. The beer was produced using a double mash technique. Complexity of dark flavours was enhanced by a 12 hour boil time and two months of conditioning time. We are extremely happy with how this beer tastes right now, and it will continue to develop with aging in the bottle.
From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Folklore Imperial Stout” a beer that is only available at the brewery. The beer pours a black opaque colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, toffee, anise, treacle, roasted malts and is overall sweet. The flavour is of burnt coffee, roasted malts, anise, smoke, chocolate, treacle, toffee, earth, oak, vanilla, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at a big 11%. If you have access to this beer buy more than one bottle and cellar it. This was a very well executed Imperial Stout!
Commercial Description: Aged in American white oak which gives the beer vanilla undertones pairing nicely with the roasted malt, bitter coca and black licorice flavours.
From Winterlong Brewing Co located in Whitehorse of the Yukon Territory comes their “Nightshade Black IPA”. The beer pours a deep black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, ash and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, mild smoke, earth, caramel and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 75. This may not be my favourite style of IPA but this one is quite well made and I would recommend picking it up if you can make it up to the Yukon Territory or even trade for a bottle.
Commercial Description: Dark and roasty malts meet fruity and earthy hops. This beer is unapologetically flavourful, keeping your taste buds on edge.