From Victoria’s Lighthouse Brewing comes their “Depth Charge Oak Aged Belgian Quad with Cognac”. Last years version was a scotch ale. The beer pours a reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of cognac, candi sugar, dark fruit, banana, sweetness and some oak. The flavour is of dark fruits, cognac, candi sugar, caramel, vanilla, banana, citrus rind, sweetness, mild bitterness and alcohol. There is a slight harshness in the finish that would die off with a bit of time in your cellar. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 22. This is a fantastic brew with a ton of flavour jumping out at your mouth.
Commercial Description: Belgian yeast provides a spicy backbone to the rich cognac and oak flavours of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla and toasted bread. Best enjoyed in bad weather, shared with family and friends, or aftter cellaring.
From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Himalayan Salted Caramel Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, coffee, lactose and vanilla. The flavour is of roasted malts, bitter coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, lactose, salt and some ash and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at a cool 6%. This beer sounds like it would be really sweet but it is only lightly sweet and really tasty on a cold day.
Commercial Description: The Himalayan Salted Caramel Porter joins our Trailblazer Series; a single batch limited release line that is here today, gone forever (once we sell out of our first and only batch). You can find the new brew NOW, for a limited time in the tasting room (in flights, pours, growler fills and 650 ml. bottles) and in select Private Liquor stores, restaurants and bars.
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of bourbon, oak, chocolate, toffee and vanilla with a sweet finish. The flavour is of bourbon, oak, tannins, earth, roasted malts, burnt coffee, ash, chocolate, vanilla, tofffee, caramel and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5%. While I prefer my Russian Imperial Stouts sweet this one is very well executed and well worth picking up multiple bottles.
Commercial Description: Bomber Brewing in Vancouver BC has announced the release of a special limited version of their Russian Imperial Stout that has been aged for over six months in Heaven Hill Distillery bourbon barrels.
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.
From Brasserie de Brunehaut for Abdij Van St Martin, Brunehaut, Belgium is their Blonde.
Pouring a cloudy, vibrant orange, there are noticeable suspended particles stationary in the beer though no visible carbonation. The head is thin, white with an orange tinge.
The nose is floral and vanilla with orange blossom. A little bit of grain at the end.
The flavours are effervescent and flit by quickly on the tongue while maintaining complexity. There is a base of lager-y, Molson-like “beer” flavour with a vanilla and honey sweetness to add balance and interest. There is a mineral bitterness to counter the sweet and the finish is of bitter orange.
Look: A golden straw colour, with a strong foam once opened then the bubbles gently rise to the top and a good head remains.
Nose: Sharp, lively and nervous, fermentation with a touch reminiscent of a flowery cheese.
In the mouth: A round, balance and full flavour. In the mouth it is floral, elegant and direct, almost feminine. A great beer that perfectly suits cheeses with a hard crust or some fine Bries and Camemberts.