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.



Steamworks Brewing Co.’s Imperial Red Ale


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


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


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


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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