Steel and Oak Beechwood Smoked Honey Doppelbock

steelandoak_doppelbockBrewer: Steel and Oak Brewing, New Westminster, BC
Style: Smoked Doppelbock
ABV: 7.9%
IBUs: 20

Description: This seasonal release is lovely combination, where a venerable style of German lager meets a rauchbier (smoke beer). It is brewed using honey and beechwood-smoked malt, which is then double-fermented and mildly hopped. This creates a beer that is smooth, rich, smokey and tangy, and nicely refreshing!

Tasting Notes: Smoke beers are generally kind of hit and miss for me. But this one has a range of flavors that manage to complement each other quite nicely. The smoked malt go well with the doppelbock’s natural tang, which are cut nicely by the natural malty flavor and the addition of honey.

Appearance: Amber/orange, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, honey, smoke, mild hops
Taste: Smooth malt, hint of smoke, mineral tang, touch of honey sweetness
Aftertaste: Lingering smoke minerals and mild malt sweetness
Overall: 9/10

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VIB and S&O United Front Unfiltered Braun Beer

United-Front-BeerBrewer: Vancouver Island Brewery (Victoria, BC), Steel and Oak (New Westminster, BC)
Style: Keller Lager
ABV: 5.8%
IBUs: Unspecified

Description: A collaboration between Vancouver Island Brewery and the Steel & Oak Brewing Company, the name is also an allusion to the unification of the colonies of Victoria and of 1866. In that same spirit, a mainland and Island brewery have come together to produce a new take on the traditional German style of Keller bier.

Tasting Notes: This brew is definitely a good choice for those who consider themselves fans of Marzens, Kellerbiers, or Bocks. A rich malt base with a mineral tang is accompanied by a mild hopping with trace notes of citrus and grassy flavors. And it finishes both cleanly and with some lingering, crisp malt flavor.

Appearance: Deep amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malts, minerals, baked bread, mild grassy hops
Taste: Crisp malt, good tang, sweet bread, mild citrus and grassy hops
Aftertaste: Lingering tang and minerality, clean an crisp finish
Overall: 8/10