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Vancouver Island Brewery

Vancouver Island Brewery
Thirty Years Imperial Red Ale

Category: Strong Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 8.5%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Vancouver Island Brewery
Thirty Years Imperial Red Ale

Category: Strong Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 8.5%
Dark ruby mahogany color. Rich aromas and flavors of dried fruits, cocoa, caramel cookie, and beef jerky with a supple, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of spiced pear, nut, golden beet, and pepper. A sturdy strong ale for the fireplace.
Tasting Info
Beer Glass Style: Rich & Heavy
Aroma Aroma: dried fruits, cocoa, caramel cookie, and beef jerky
Taste Flavor: spiced pear, nut, golden beet, and pepper
Bitterness Bitterness: Low
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Meat Loaf, Fish & Chips, Cotswold
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A sturdy strong ale for the fireplace.
The Producer

Vancouver Island Brewing Co.

The Producer
2330 Government St.
Victoria, BC V8T 5G5
Canada
1 250-(250) 361-0007
Strong Ale
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Serve in a Snifter
Strong ales are amber to dark brown in color and range in alcohol from 7-11.5%. These beers have a sweet malty palate and a notable degree of fruitiness. They may also feature medium-to-high hop bitterness tempering the overall sweet malt character. Beers in this category may commonly be referred to as old ales, stock ales or winter warmers, but this category may also expand beyond these styles. Strong ales are higher-alcohol versions of pale ales, but are not as robust or alcoholic as barley wines. These beers lend themselves to being cellared, and in some cases can develop complex sherry-like notes over time. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale and Samuel Smiths Yorkshire Stingo.