Barley Wine 2012 – Granville Island Brewing (Aged 2 Years)


From Granville Island Brewing located in Vancouver BC comes their Winter seasonal “Barley Wine 2012” the breweries first Barleywine that I have cellared for a full two years.  The beer pours a deep cloudy brown with a tan head.  With most cellared beer you will find sediment and this is no exception with lots of it.  The aroma consists of very malts, dark fruits and mild hops bitterness.  The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, bourbon and very mild hops bitterness.  There is very little alcohol warmth present and everything has really smoothed out.  To say this is a great barley wine would be an understatement now!  The alcohol content of this beer is 11.5% with an IBU of 60.

Commercial Description:  The typical barley wine may find its origins in English ale, but there’s nothing typical about this special brew.  Aged in Bourbon barrels, you’ll find strong caramel malt character, vanilla and oak flavours with a healthy dose of pacific northwest hops.  Cellar the beer and enjoy for up to five years, but if that’s too long, you can always try it tonight.

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Dead Frog Brewery Launches Winter Seasonals 2014 – Bitter Tasting Room


Dead Frog Brewery is excited about their new Winter Mixer pack and their two new Winter Seasonal beers.

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The brewery held a small party at Bitter Tasting Room in Downtown Vancouver on November 10th, 2014 to help spread the word.  The new Winter Mixer pack is comprised of the following 4 beers: Rocket Man Interstellar ESB, Winter Seasonal Amber Ale, The Bold Belgian Pale Ale and their The Classic Nub Brown Ale.  The new Winter Seasonal Amber Ale has notes of caramel, vanilla, winter spices and citrus notes.

Much like the last few years they have changed up the recipe for one of their well known seasonal bomber releases the Winter Beeracle Winter Ale.

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The Winter Beeracle pours a deep chestnut colour with a brown head and lots of lacing.  The aroma consists of malts, vanilla, chestnuts and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of caramel malts, vanilla, chestnuts, dark chocolate, brown sugar and some hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 24.  Every year this beer seems to be getting better and this year is no different!

Coming later in the Winter will be the brand new seasonal the Nutty Uncle Peanut Butter Stout.  This beer will be launched late in November and is a single batch beer.  It is a peanut butter, chocolate milk stout.

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The version on hand at the party was a cask from the very first batch.  They have since added lactose to make it a milk stout and have added more peanut butter.  I can attest to the fact that it was already really tasty and will only get better!

Thanks to Dead Frog Brewery and its whole crew that showed up for the party far away from the brewery!  It was an amazing time and I look forward to having a few of these seasonals this winter!

Here are the full sized photos from the event.

All Out Stout – Bridge Brewing Company


Seasonal Beer

From Bridge Brewing Company out of North Vancouver comes their new Winter Seasonal “All Out Stout”.  The brew pours a deep opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee and a mild hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, mild coffee, chocolate and some mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 25.  This is a nice dry, low sweetness stout and a great beer to enjoy during the winter.

Commercial Description:  The Bridge Brewing Stout starts off sweet and finishes dry, with notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate from a combination of roasted barley and chocolate malt.  Oatmeal gives this beer a smooth, rich body.  Hopped with Northwest grown English varietals of Fuggles and East Kent Goldings alongside Northwest native Willamette hops.

Poured with my TapIt Cap

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St Nick’s Oaked Spiced Porter – Fort Garry Brewing Co


Winter Seasonal

From Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Fort Garry Brewing Co (Owned by Russell Brewing Co in Surrey BC) comes their “St Nick’s Oaked Spiced Porter” a Winter Seasonal.  This beer pours a deep brown almost opaque with a tan head.  The aroma is of roasted malts, vanilla and nutmeg.  The flavour consists of roasted malts, nutmeg, vanilla, spices, coffee and some oak.  The alcohol content of this beer is 6.5% and the IBU is 30.  In BC good luck finding this beer but if you find a bottle somewhere pick it up you will not be disappointed.

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
St Nick’s Oaked Spiced Porter is the latest single-batch beer from the Fort Garry Brewmaster Series. This beer boasts delicious seasonal flavours and is sure to warm you up the frostiest of winter nights. Spiked with select spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and all-spice. Aged on oak chips that provide a subtle vanilla flavor and aroma. It’s a SPICEtastic OAKstravaganza!

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Ugly Sweater (Milk Stout) – Parallel 49 Brewing (Dec 21 2014)


Beer Advent Calendar 2014

Winter Seasonal

From Parallel 49 Brewing out of Vancouver comes their latest seasonal brew the “Ugly Sweater (Milk Stout)”.  The sweater may be ugly but the beer is anything but that!  If you did not know a milk stout has lactose added to the brew to enhance the flavour and body of the beer.  The beer pours a deep brown (almost black) colour with a brown head.  The aroma of the stout is very milky with coffee, roasted malts and chocolate mixed in.  When this beauty hits your tongue you will taste milk, chocolate, fruit, coffee and some very mild hops.  The beer has a very creamy body to it.  The beer has an alcohol content of 5% and an IBU of 30.  This is a very tasty milk stout and I look forward to its release in the winter season.

Co0mmercial Description:  A North American take on a classic English style of beer. This beer is brewed as a smooth tasting stout and sweetened using milk sugar (lactose). The sweetness plays an integral part in balancing the roasted malts that give the beer it’s dark colour.

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