Cannon Fodder Barley Wine – Fort Garry Brewing Co


From Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Fort Garry Brewing Co comes their “Cannon Fodder Barley Wine” brewed with smoked malt.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of mild smoke, roasted malts, caramel and dark fruits.  The flavour is of smoked malts, brown sugar, roasted malts, dark fruits, resin, bitterness, caramel and Belgian yeast.  The alcohol content comes in at 11% with an IBU of 60.  I am not a fan of smoked malts usually but this light smoke is great in this Barley Wine and if you can find it make sure to pick up a few bottles.

Commercial Description:  At a whopping 11% abv, cannon fodder barley wine is best enjoyed one sip at a time. Intense caramel sweetness and the use of smoked malt make for a nicely balanced strong ale. Fermented with Belgian yeast, there is a uniqueness and complexity not often found in traditional barley wines.

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Hawaiian Ivory Milkshake IPA – 2 Crows Brewing (Kilter Brewing)


From 2 Crows Brewing out of Halifax, Nova Scotia in collaboration with Kilter Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Hawaiian Ivory Milkshake IPA”.  The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, juicy hops, coconut, resin and lactose.  The flavour is of pineapple, mango, citrus, banana, citrus rind, resin, lactose, yeast and medium bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 49.  Not as juice forward as many Milkshake IPA’s with a more pronounced bitterness but regardless it is a tasty juice bomb.

Commercial Description:  Milkshake IPA with coconut, mango, pineapple, banana, & lime.

INSEPT1ON Saison – Torque Brewing


From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “INSEPT1ON Saison” a beer aged in French Oak red wine barrels.  The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of saison yeast, spices, oak, citrus and some wine in the finish.  The flavour is of wine, oak, yeast, pepper, bready malt, lemon and generic citrus with a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6%.  I really enjoyed this wine barrel aged saison and I hope they do more beers like this in the future.

Commercial Description:  Aged 6 months in French oak red wine barrels, this bottle conditioned Saison is both refreshing and light with hints of oak and vanilla.

 

Bumper Shine Winter Warmer – Torque Brewing


From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Bumper Shine Winter Warmer”.  The beer pours a very deep ruby red colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cinnamon and sweetness.  The flavour is of cinnamon, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, earth, butterscotch and a sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 45.  I like this style of beer as its got lots of flavour and the alcohol warms you up.  This is a good representation of the style.

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Witching Hour Dark Pumpkin – Torque Brewing


From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Witching Hour Dark Pumpkin”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of pimpkin, cinnamon, allspice, mild roasted malts and some residual sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, earth, caramel, toffee and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 30.  With so many pumpkin beers being overrated this one stands out in the pack.

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