Drexl Blackstrap Imperial Stout – Bench Creek Brewing

From Bench Creek Brewing out of very rural Alberta (Yellowhead Country) near Edson comes their “Drexl Blackstrap Imperial Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, molasses and anise.  The flavour is of roasted malts, smoke, molasses, anise, toffee, sweetness, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 80.  I have been a fan of Bench Creek Brewing for some time and this beer does not change that opinion at all.  This is a well made Imperial Stout.

Commercial Description:  Y’know what we got here? Charlie Bronson. Mr. Majestyk.Rich biscuity UK base malt and multiple caramel malts for layered toffee and dark fruit flavours got you thinkin’ it’s pretty… But it’s not as pretty as a variety of roasted malts which provide chocolate and coffee depth. In fact, we’re gonna show you with a little demonstration.  Now, see, we’re sittin’ down here, ready to negotiate, and you’ve already given up. It’s still a mystery to you. But we know it’s got generous additions of blackstrap molasses and star anise.  All right, peep this: it’s aged on American oak to fully mimic the flavours and aromas of blackstrap rum. Ey’ yo, yo why you trippin’?

Smouldering Smoked Porter – Moody Ales

From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Smouldering Smoked Porter” a beer I acquired in their new 946ml crowler cans.  I poured this entire can into my brand new 56oz glass (what a great Christmas gift).  The beer poured a deep black with a big brown head with some lasting lacing.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke and some caramel.  The flavour is of huge smoke, roasted malts, burnt coffee, wood, bitterness, chocolate and a mild dark fruit finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 19.  I am not a huge fan of smoked beer but I thought I would give this one a chance.  It is not something I would drink every day but if you like a good smoked ale this would be a great choice.

Commercial Description:  Ever wanted to drink the char marks on your steak?  Now you can!  Our Smouldering Porter contains copious amounts of beechwood smoked malts and is fermented with a clean yeast to showcase the smoky aromas of barbecued meats and wood fire.  It is equally well suited to the summer, where it pairs well with charred red meat, and the winter, where it pairs well with the fireplace.


Wee Beastie Scotch Ale – Howe Sound Brewing

O’hare’s Beer Club February 2013 Box

Winter Seasonal

From Squamish’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their “Wee Beastie Scotch Ale ” a barrel aged ale.  This scotch ale pours a brownish colour with an off white head.  The aromas are of peat, smoke and malts and oak.  The flavour consists of semi sweet malts, smokey peat, vanilla, oak and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content is 7% and the IBU is 26.  Not usually being a fan of smoky beer I was a little trepidatious trying this beer.  I am very happy to say that it was a great full flavoured brew and I would love to have some more.

Commercial Description:  A rich, malty Wee Heavy style Scotch ale, brewed with 100% barley malt, hops, water and yeast. Peated malt provides a subtle smokiness to this beer, while medium toasted American oak imparts a silky smoothness and additional complexity. Named in honour of Scottish poet Robbie Burns’ famous poem, To A Mouse, written in 1785. Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie, O, what panic’s in thy breastie! A brave big bodied ale!

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Hearty meat stew & haggis of course.

Food Pairing according to Howe Sound Brewery:  This smokey darker ale goes well with hearty fare such as hamburgers, sausages, stews, smoked fish, lamb, beef and game as well as other numerous foods such as fried seafood and highly spiced cuisine. It also pairs well with desserts.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 – Brasserie de Rochefort

Located in the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy is the Brasserie de Rochefort brewery near Rochefort in Belgian.  This is a Trapist monastery and as such makes trapist beer such as this “Trappistes Rochefort 10”.  The beer pours an orange brown with an off white head.  This beer has a great aroma of alcohol and darker fruits.  There is a ton of flavor to this beer including fruit, yeast, malts, woody smokiness and a slight alcohol taste that has a slight burn down the throat just like a hard liquor.   This beer is not too sweet and has a really nice flavor.  The alcohol content of this beer is quite high at 11.3%.  I did see some sediment in the bottle but it was not an issue.


Big Smoke Ale – Russell and Storm Brewing

From Russell Brewing of Surrey and Storm Brewing of Vancouver comes a collaboration beer called “Big Smoke Ale”.  Knowing that my Girlfriends grandpa called Vancouver the big smoke I had to pick this beer up in his honor.  The beer poured a deep brown with a brownish head.  The beer had the scent that most beers have that are made with peat with some sweet malty notes following.  The beer tastes of malt, peat and a light hops flavor with some smoky and sweet notes.  This beer is one interesting beer and should be tried if you can find it in stores.  The alcohol content of this beer is 8.5% with an IBU of 40.