Steel & Oak Brewing in New Westminster did a collaboration with Freigeist Bierkultur of Germany called the “Steinbier Lager”. A Steinbier is a style of beer where you super heat grainte rocks then run the hot wort over the rocks causing the wort to caramelize. The beer pours an amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of lots of malts, caramel and a fruity finish. The flavour is of caramel, sweet toffee, mild resin, earth and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30. This is one of two or three of this style I have been able to try and I am a big fan. Running the beer over the hot rocks helps build a large caramel flavour without a huge alcohol content.
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.