December brings cold temperatures and the threat of snow, (code for rain in Vancouver’s case) making beers with a little warmth and character that much more appealing. This November and December we see the return of the warm and jolly, with two holiday Small Batch releases – our Cocoa Loco Chocolate Imperial Stout and 2014 vintage Barley Wine.
With Cocoa Loco’s monstrous blend of roasted malts, cocoa and coffee flavours, it’s no wonder this ultra-bold creature makes an appearance every winter. After a very limited run last year we are back to full production. This dark chocolate coloured ale is brewed with four different types of malt, Sterling hops, cocoa and cocoa nibs, and rings in at 8.7% abv and 45 BUs. Cocoa Loco is a full, bittersweet somewhat fruity concoction with the unmistakable flavours and aromas of chocolate. Perfect for the holidays, pair it with blue cheese and rich desserts.
Now there’s nothing small about our latest batch of Barley Wine. Aged in Jack Daniels barrels, this year’s brew has an abv of 11.5% and a BU of 60. Full of flavour, our Barley Wine is loaded with Australian hops – balancing the beer’s sweet malt character and dried fruit flavours, while allowing the oak, vanilla and alcohol characteristics of the barrels to shine through.
The perfect accompaniment to a cold day, (and any beer aficionado’s stocking) we have also cellared a few cases of our 2012 and 2013 batches of Barley Wine – which will be released alongside this year’s brew. Look for all three batches in our retail store.
Cheers, happy holidays and stay warm!
Both additions to Vern’s Black Notebook Series are available in our Taproom & retail store on Granville Island, as well as in select stores in BC & AB for a limited time.