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Vancouver Island Brewing

Vancouver Island Brewing
Dominion Dark Lager

Category: Dark Lager

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 4.8%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Vancouver Island Brewing
Dominion Dark Lager

Category: Dark Lager

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 4.8%
Mahogany color. Aromas of toasted pumpernickel with nutella and apricot jam, cocoa dusted raisin, and riesen chocolate chew with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a stimulating, long dry-roasted nuts, baking chocolate, and charred root vegetables finish. A very rich and concentrated dark lager that seems closer in style to a stout; dry and appetizing.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Crisp & Light, Rich & Heavy & Malty
Aroma Aroma: toasted pumpernickel with nutella and apricot jam, cocoa dusted raisin, and Riesen chocolate chew
Taste Flavor: dry-roasted nuts, baking chocolate, and charred root vegetables
Bitterness Bitterness: Low
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own, with food and with cigars
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Beef, Steak Fajitas, Muenster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very rich and concentrated dark lager that seems closer in style to a stout; dry and appetizing.

The Producer

Vancouver Island Brewing Co.

The Producer
2330 Government St.
Victoria, BC V8T 5G5
Canada
1 250-361-0007

Their Portfolio

84 Vancouver Island Brewing Gladstone Brewing Collaboration Burton Ale 7.5% (Canada)
91 Vancouver Island Brewing Hermannator 30th Anniversary Ice Bock 9.5% (Canada)
92 Vancouver Island Brewing Hermannator Barrel Aged Ice Bock 9.5% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Ukidama Lychee Yuzu Saison 4.5% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Tidal Series Grapefruit Agave Gose 5.0% (Canada)
86 Vancouver Island Brewing Piper’s Pale Ale 4.8% (Canada)
95 Vancouver Island Brewing Hermannator Ice Bock 9.5% (Canada)
94 Vancouver Island Brewing Dominion Dark Lager 4.8% (Canada)
89 Vancouver Island Brewing Juan De Fuca Cervesa Lager 4.8% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Islander Lager 5.0% (Canada)
94 Vancouver Island Brewing Victoria Dortmunder Lager 4.8% (Canada)
87 Vancouver Island Brewing Raspberry Export Stout 7.5% (Canada)
89 Vancouver Island Brewing Mocha Export Stout 7.5% (Canada)
85 Vancouver Island Brewing Misthorn Winter Amber IPA 6.5% (Canada)
89 Vancouver Island Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Hermannator Ice Bock 9.5% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Champagne Powder Belgian Brut IPA 6.2% (Canada)
92 Vancouver Island Brewing Nanaimo Bar Imperial Porter 8.2% (Canada)
87 Vancouver Island Brewing Broken Islands Hazy IPA 6.0% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Faller Northwest Pale Ale 5.4% (Canada)
90 Vancouver Island Brewing Piper’s Pale Ale 4.6% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Magic Hour Grapefruit Gose 2.4% (Canada)
91 Vancouver Island Brewing Castles in the Sand Saison 6.7% (Canada)
87 Vancouver Island Brewing Twisted Stalk Blackberry Helles 5% (Canada)

Dark Lager

Beer Glass Mug Dark.jpg
Serve in a Mug
Dark lagers (also known as Dunkel or dunkel-style lagers) range in color from dark brown to black and range in alcohol from 4.5-5.5%. At their best, these beers combine the dryish chocolate or licorice notes associated with the use of dark roasted malts and the roundness and crispness of a lager. Munich dunkel style lagers are also included in this category. These beers tend to be fuller-bodied with a hint of bready sweetness to the palate, a characteristic of the typical Bavarian malts used. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Full Sail Session Black Premium Dark Lager, Hofbräu Dunkel and MOA Noir Dark.