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Alone Under the Vast Indifference of the Sky 2021

Dageraad Brewing’s annual release Alone Under the Vast Indifference of the Sky is a Belgian-style Imperial Stout from featuring sour cherries and Brettanomyces. The 2021 version of Alone was brewed this past June and bottle-aged before its release last week. A portion of the 2020 run was barrel-aged to create Entropy Series No. 22: The Vast Indifference of Cocoa Nibs, also released last week, making for a pair of super-potent cold weather beers.   The beer pours a very dark  Continue Reading…

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Dageraad Entropy Series No. 22: The Vast Indifference of Cocoa Nibs

When you think of an Imperial Stout, it’s not usually about the subtleties. It’s not about nuanced esters or faintly wafting aromas. It’s about turning the dial up to 11…or in this case, 11.7 %. At least, that’s the expectation when you check the label and note the limit-pushing ABV of Entropy Series No. 22: The Vast Indifference of Cocoa Nibs—one of a pair of super-potent cold weather beers Dageraad releases to market today. No. 22 is the older, heavier  Continue Reading…

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A-Frame Brewing Co. – Skull Lake Imperial Espresso Stout

Situated in beautiful Squamish, BC, with a tasting room done up like a cabin, and every beer named after a BC lake, A-Frame Brewing is heavy on the #cabinvibes. One seasonal beer, the Skull Lake Imperial Stout, was this time around brewed with organic espresso beans from Counterpart Coffee. The Skull Lake is opaque black with a medium tan head. There is an expressive espresso nose with notes of black forest cake, marshmallow, and a hint of raisin. It is  Continue Reading…

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Dageraad ♥ Steel & Oak Imperial Stout

For years, Burnaby’s Dageraad Brewing Co. and New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing have collaborated on a series of beers called The Suburbs. There’s been solid evidence of a mutual love affair between the two since shortly after they both debuted in 2014. Apparently, COVID has only made their hearts grow fonder. In the absence of direct contact, they’ve both brewed quasi-collaborations in the form of Imperial Stouts. S&O has released a beer entitled “Steel & Oak Loves Dageraad“, with  Continue Reading…

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Longwood Brewery- BBA Triple Stout

Sometimes beer is easy, approachable and friendly. Then again, like music, beer can also be like a wave wrecked beach under a darkened sky, the perfect accompaniment to a soul scratching night of existential catharsis. Somewhere in-between these two extremes, but definitely on the more profound and dramatic end of the scale, is Longwood Brewery’s BBA Triple Stout, a 16 percenter that will have you dancing on the storm encased beach. This monster is black with the faintest red on  Continue Reading…

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BNA Brewing – Tennessee Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout

The almost 5 year old brewery with a huge history to its name and building in Kelowna, continues to turn heads with their beers ,including this one, the Tennessee Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. For those that don’t know, BNA stands for British North America ,after the original British North American Tobacco Company that had its roots in the building that now houses BNA. Now on to the beer! It is nice to see that the 2019 Okanagan Fest of  Continue Reading…

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Parkside Brewery – Attack of the Cherry Stout

Parkside Brewery – Attack of the Cherry Imperial Stout Review To brew an imperial stout is one thing but to infuse it with cherries is a whole ‘nother ball game. The Attack of the Cherry Stout is just that and comes in 473ml cans and measures 8.3% alcohol. From said can, this beer is nearly black in colour and has two fingers of dense, coffee-brown coloured head. The aroma is rich and dark with notes of toffee, coffee and caramel  Continue Reading…

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Bomber Brewing Sawdust City Collab Spicy Nuggs Imperial Rye Stout

Bomber Brewing Sawdust City Collaboration Spicy Nuggs Imperial Rye Stout Review Bomber Brewing collaborated with Sawdust City Brewing Co. from Muskoka ON on this spicy Imperial Rye Stout.  The beer pours a thick, opaque black with three fingers of brown, lasting head that leaves trace lacing behind in the glass.  The aroma is of coffee, cocoa, milk chocolate, cinnamon and chili spice.  In the mouth flavours of cocolate, chili and cinnamon mingle with notes of toast and burnt malts.  This  Continue Reading…

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Steamworks Brewing Co. – 2016 Imperial Stout

Steamworks Brewing Co. – 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Review In the first Barrel Aged Series beer from Steamworks Brewing Company comes an Imperial Stout. Aged in a combination of Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve barrels for nearly 18 months this is a big and complex beer. Pouring from the bomber bottle the beer is black in colour and a fist full of head erupts in a looose and bubbly fashion. Settling fairly quickly for the style very light  Continue Reading…

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Main Street Brewing – 2016 Stag & Pheasant Imperial Stout

Main Street Brewing – 2016 Stag & Pheasant Imperial Stout Review Main Street has gained a reputation early on for their Stag & Pheasant. This Imperial Stout is back in 2016 and this year it is 10% and 65 IBUs. Pouring the beer from the bomber bottle it is nearly black in colour and has three fingers of dark brown, lacing head.  The aroma is intense with strong notes of molasses, bourbon, oak and light chocolate. The aroma forecasts a  Continue Reading…