Craft Beer Awards 2015: Best Strong

May 30, 2015

These high-alcohol brews, ranging from seven to 10 percent alcohol by volume, are meant for slow, mindful sipping. Their full body and rich array of complex flavours – like dried fruits and, sometimes, rich molasses, sherry, and umami notes – are best enjoyed at cellar temperature in a small snifter glass.

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GOLD:

Steamworks Brewing Co.’s Imperial Red Ale

(Vancouver)

An imperial red ale with enough malt backbone to stand up to aggressively bitter hops

SILVER:

Central City Brewing’s Thor’s Hammer Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barley Wine

(Surrey)

Mahogany-hued barley wine-style beer tastes of cola, herbs, burnt sugar, and caramel.

BRONZE:

Townsite Brewing’s Charleston Belgian Triple

(Powell River)

A Belgian triple out of Powell River? A Belgian brewer coaxes out pie spices, pear syrup, and coriander.

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