Extortionist Hazelnut Espresso Stout – Tin Whistle Brewing

From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Extortionist Hazelnut Espresso Stout”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of espresso, chocolate, hazelnut, roasted malts and sweetness.  The flavour is of big espresso notes, burnt malts, hazelnut, sweet toffee, chocolate and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 35.  This is a really enjoyable Stout with a ton of flavour keep up the good work Tin Whistle Brewing.

Steinbier Lager – Steel & Oak Brewing (Freigeist Bierkultur)

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.