Whiskey Barrel Aged Porter – Powell Street Craft Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Whiskey Barrel Aged Porter – Powell Street Craft Brewery, 6% ABV – 27 IBUs, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the back label:

“We’ve aged a robust porter for six months in American whiskey barrels. Notes of cherry and vanilla enhance the subtle dark fruit and coffee flavours of this limited edition beer.

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  • Style: (whiskey barrel aged) Porter
  • Taste: Heavy sweet caramel toffee malt alcoholic vanilla
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Bby
  • How much: $9 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 650 ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, not enough balance
  • What made an impression: aromatic vanilla from barrel aging

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours heart of darkness black with a small 1cm frothy head, 1mm retention, lots of fast tight clustered streams.

Nose: brown sugar molasses malt, vanilla (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy-airy, sweet impression

Mid-palate: tingly-bloated, sweet cocoa, cloying heavy (lvl-7-sweetness), light woody, sweet caramel-toffee malt, tangy alcohol

Finish: vanilla, cherry-dark fruit, mild bittersweet

Summary: Decent body, but too much persistent sweetness that becomes cloying and heavy on the palate. The whiskey barrel influence is certainly there, but it’s lacking in creaminess and finesse to balance it out.

Belgian Style Witbier – Powell Street Craft Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Belgian Style Witbier with Ginger & Cardamom – Powell Street Craft Brewery, 4.8% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the back label:

Fresh ginger and cardamom seeds lend bright, zesty aromas to this unique take on a Belgian-style witbier. Complex and refreshing, this beer will pair beautifully with spicy foods or sunshine.


  • Style: (flavoured – ginger, cardamom) Witbier
  • Taste: Short length crisp barley malt subtle ginger cardamom spice palate rough finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.85 CAD – 650 ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enoughto drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: unspectacular

Visual: Pours clear golden yellow without a significant head, micro ringed retention with loose singular fast streams.

Nose: ginger mixed with floral barley malt – (akin to previous ginger beers I’ve had),  (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy

Mid-palate: tingly, (lvl-3-sweetness), light banana wheat malt, mellow ginger in the center, cardamom along the edges, grainy barley malt

Finish: thin body/watery, cardamom lemony citrus, metallic grainy wheat malt rough finish

Summary: The listed additions of ginger and cardamom are there but they can barely assist since the barley/wheat malt body is rather thin and weak. It starts off crisp but mids end too abruptly just as palate is getting warmed up. The roughish finish doesn’t help much either. Just a smidge above average.