From Halifax Nova Scotia’s Garrison Brewing comes their “Wintervention” a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chocolate Imperial Stout. The beer pours a black close to opaque with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, toffee and oak. The flavour is of chocolate, toffee, treacle, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, ash, bitterness and resin. The alcohol content comes in at 11.5%. Garrison Brewing does some amazing things and this one ranks up there with some of their best beer.
Commercial Description: With 11 months in Bourbon barrels, we’re taking this Wintervention to the next level! The time spent in the Bourbon barrels give this brew a deliciously complex flavour. Rich bittersweet chocolate aromatics with cherry and vanilla underneath. Layers of chocolate fudge, coffee, malted milk balls and molasses flavours with a bittersweet chocolate finish.
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Dark Side Russian Imperial Stout” from the December 2016 Vintage a beer I have had in my cellar for a year. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, pine and some floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, earth, ash, caramel, toffee, pine, resin and alcohol with bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 9.9% with an IBU of 40. I wish this was not my last bottle in my cellar as it was really tasty and had aged well loosing its almost Imperial Black IPA notes.
From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Barrel Aged Hermannator”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a red tinged head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, red wine, oak, anise, toffee, caramel, bready malts and sweetness. The flavour is of red wine, dark fruits, cherry, caramel, chocolate, toffee, earth, citrus rind and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 25. This was a very interesting beer but it had little left of what Hermannator was sadly. I hope in future versions of Barrel Aged Hermannator they let the original beer shine thought a little more.
Commercial Description: Our original Brewmaster Hermann Hoerterer designed Hermannator as a seasonal gift to friends & family in 1987. It soon became our flagship brew, the most anticipated beer of the year. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Hermannator. To celebrate we’ve aged Hermannator in red wine barrels, leaving it with beautiful notes of red wine, sherry, and plum that will only get better with time. Hermannator Ice Bock is a well loved and established beer. By aging it in red wine barrels the plum and sherry notes are added upon to create a wholly different experience. Fruitier, brighter, and dangerously easy to drink. The additional 2 months of barrel aging leaves an aggressive red wine note that is sure to age beautifully for those that can resist drinking it all right away.
From Arizona Wilderness Brewing in Gilbert Arizona comes their “Peanut Brittle Ale”. The beer pours an orange brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of peanut, lots of nuts, caramel and some mild roast. The flavour is of peanut butter, creamy nuts, caramel, toffee, vanilla and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.4% with an IBU of 20. There is no doubt in my mind that this beer tastes like peanut brittle. I am really happy I got a can of this from the Hoppy Craftsmen Podcast in trade.
Commercial Description: So yeah, we’ll admit it, we are some momma’s boys around this brewery. Not long ago, Patrick’s mother (“Momma Ware”) brought in some homemade peanut brittle. We went on a backpack trip and the crunchy, caramely, peanut butter goodness was the “best thing we’ve had in our lives” – or so it seemed with the cold and fatigue. It was a challenge to ourselves to recreate the delightful brittle. We used a combo of malts, lactose sugar, and dried peanut butter to nail down that color and flavor.
From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Woolly Bugger Barley Wine” 2017 Vintage. After a few years of moving to a 650ml bottle Howe Sound Brewing has opted to move to a 750ml bottle for this beer. The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists dark fruits, almost cherry, caramel, some hops bitterness and a sweet finish. The flavour is of dark fruits, cherry, resin, citrus rind, toffee, caramel, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10.7%