Zeus Hopped India Dark Lager – Mission Springs Brewing

From Mission BC’s Mission Springs Brewing comes their “Zeus Hopped India Dark Lager” a beer that the brewery calls a mix between a Cascadian Dark Lager and a Muncih Style Dark Lager.  The beer pours a very dark brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of big roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and maybe a hint of hops.  The flavour is of burnt coffee, huge roasted malts, smokey, earthiness, a hint of chocolate, huge bitterness and a very dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 75.  This beer has lots going on and challenges your taste buds.  This beer may not be for everyone but if you like a big roasty backbone with a generous hops bitterness then this is the beer for you (just like it was for me).

Commercial Description:  Brewed with hops aptly named for the ruler of all gods, it’s no wonder this dark lager hits your palate like a lightning bolt of flavour. Born out of a love for artisanal handcrafted beers, here is a beer that defies style, crosses multiple genres, and demands no guidelines.


Burning Rock Ale – Green Leaf Brewing Co

From North Vancouer’s Green Leaf Brewing comes their “Burning Rock Ale” a Steinbier.  A Steinbier is not mashed in the same way as most ales.  This ale is brewed by added burning hot stones to the mash to heat and sear in the flavours.

The beer pours a ruby brown colour with a creamy tan head.  The aroma consists of roasty malts, candied caramel, dark fruits and some floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, smoke, caramel, dark fruits, toasted nuts, resin and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 26.  This beer really reminds me of a very mild Barleywine.  I am going to dub it a Session Barleywine.  I really enjoyed this beer as it hits all of the check boxes for a great barleywine style ale but the alcohol content is very sessionable.  I recommend this beer for anyone that likes a barleywine, smoked ale or just a great esoteric beer.

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Commercial Description:  Beer inspired by fire and rock. When red-hot granite meets beer wort that sears itself into the beer and then into the imagination. The taste of this beer is all about malt and the unique range of caramelized flavors that come from this most unusual process.


Aphrodisiaque – Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

From Montreal Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel comes their “Aphrodisiaque” a strong stout.  The stout pours a deep opaque black with a brown head that dissipates quickly.  The aroma consists of smoke, roasted malts, chocolate and molasses.  The flavour is of tones of smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, molasses and hops bitterness.  This stout is a bit more smokey that I would usually go for but it worked really well.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.

Commercial Description:  Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.

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Shutout Stout – Bomber Brewing

Limited Edition

From Bomber Brewing the newest Brewery in East Vancouver comes their “Shutout Stout” the first in their limited release Bomber Series.  This beer is named for the Bombers duffer hockey teams goaltender who wears number 1 and that is why the number 1 is on the bottle (not due to first in series).  This oatmeal stout pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasty malts, oatmeal and coffee.  The flavour is of big bitterness from the coffee with pine, and hops bitterness coming up behind.  This bitterness is then followed by roasted malts, oatmeal and some smoke.  This beer seems to be very low on carbonation and a bit thin but is very refreshing.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45.  There is a ton of flavour but not what I was expecting from an oatmeal stout.  Saying that it is a really nicely crafted stout.

Commercial Description:  No need to bolt the doors or the bar windows – nothing’s getting past this full-bodied stout!  Through thick and thin, it holds strong and steadfast, with rich roasted malts as its backbone.Warming notes of coffee and biscuit are all that may penetrate its dark facade… Some dare not speak its name aloud, but we think we know what’s coming… The shut-out.

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Black IPA – Brasserie Dunham (December 24, 2013)

Beer Advent Calendar 2013

From Dunham Quebec’s Brasserie Dunham comes their “Black IPA”.  This Black India Pale Ale pours a deep black with a huge billowing brown head.  It actually takes a while to pour a glass of this beer.  The aroma consists largely of roasted malts and smoke with come chocolate, toffee and lots of hops.  The flavour is of huge smoke and roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, pine and lots of hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.7% with an IBU of 95.  If you enjoy a highly smokey dark IPA then this will be your beer for sure.

Commercial Description:  Ruby-Black Ale American-inspired, combining the freshness of Americans Centennial and Chinook hops to the richness of English Marris Otter malt, Crystal, ambréset roasted. It is robust, round and dry at once. The best of both worlds (IPA and Stout).

Translated from french: “Ale rubis-noire d’inspiration américaine, qui allie la fraîcheur des houblons américans Centennial et Chinook à la richesse des malts anglais Marris Otter, Crystal, ambréset torréfiés. Elle est robuste, ronde et sèche à la fois. Le meilleur des deux mondes (IPA et Stout).”

Beer Advent Calendar 2013

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