Midnight Black IPA – Stanley Park Brewing


From Stanley Park Brewing (Turning Point Brewing) in Delta comes their “Midnight Black IPA” a part of their new Sampling Series in Bombers.  The beer poured a very deep black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, pine, earth, mild fruit notes and floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, earth, pine,  mild fruits and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 65.  This is a nice mix of flavours for a black IPA and I am happy to see Stanley Park Brewing tackle this style.  Stanley Park Brewing is now owned by Labbat.

Commercial Description:  Embrace the darker days as the seasons change with our exceptionally smooth and hoppy Midnight Black IPA. Bursting with aromas of freshly fallen pine needles and ripe berries from Simcoe hops, it’s like we took the forest of Stanley Park and bottled it…

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Mapalé Milk Stout – Andina Brewing Company


From Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver comes their “Mapalé Milk Stout”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, lactose, toffee and caramel.  The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, toffee, nutty, lactose, earth and some low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 29.  You have to love a well made Milk Stout and I would have to say this one fits the bill.

 

Forty Fathoms Imperial Spiced Porter – Britannia Brewing Company


From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Forty Fathoms Imperial Spiced Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, toffee and spiced rum and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, earth, spiced rum, bitterness and some mild alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.7% with an IBU of 30.  This is a really interesting brew with the ginger and spiced rum flavours really dominating the flavour.

Commercial Description:  This limited release is a blend of dark specialty grains complimented by spices of ginger, vanilla, cardamon and cinnamon.  Dark and cold is forty fathoms deep, let the alcohol keep you warm with rich tones of chocolate, toffee, dried fruit and hints of spiced rum.

 

Steve’s Beer Advent Calendar Day 7 – Dive Bomb – Powell Brewery


Vancouver, BC’s Powell Brewery, Dive Bomb, a dark ale.

It pours an almost perfectly opaque black, held to the light there are deep mahogany highlights. The head is a nice light khaki with very fine bubbles.

The nose is almost leathery with a slight cola note.

The flavours include beautifully bitter cocoa powder, dark toffee and burnt caramel. It is very dry, giving a champagne impression. The body is dense but the very fizzy carbonation makes feel light.

Commercial description:

This far Ale is surprisingly light and refreshing and sessionable. Flavours of caramel, toffee, chocolate and nuts are complimented with holding hops that add just the right amount of bitterness and a slight floral aroma.

Clayburn Smoked Scotch Ale – Ravens Brewing Company


From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “Clayburn Smoked Scotch Ale”.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of smoke, peat and caramel.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, peat smoke, roasted malts, maple, bitterness and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%.  While I am not a massive fan of smoked beers this one is well made and very enjoyable.

Commercial Description:  Smouldering smoke rises over dark caramel and a rich malty backbone, leaving you with a smooth and decadent finish.