Your favourite Canadian "big beer"

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  1. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Pooh-Bah (2,310) Jan 26, 2013 Canada (NB)
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    It's chilly out, which means many of us are turning to the high ABV dark beers to keep us warm.

    I got to thinking about what some of my favourites have been over the last couple of years. I can think of a dozen or more great American big beers from across their country, but thanks to trade barriers in Canada, I don't know much beyond ON and QC.

    I'll start:

    I recently had Bandit's Longwave 23.1, a bourbon barrel aged Quad. The barrel and the dark fruits from the base melded really well. I was disappointed that when I looked for it this week it was sold out.

    Dominion City is known for its hazy beers, but Between Two Evils is a gem. Big barrel added to a smooth stout base does not disappoint.

    Across the river from DC, 5e Baron is turning out solid beers of all sorts. Their take on Black is Beautiful is fantastic, and now they have a limited run of BiB double barrel. While not a true big beer, Peaky Porter may be the best porter I've had from a Canadian brewery. I also have heard many good things about the Dames de Pique series, though I have not been lucky enough to get one.

    Brasserie de Bas Canada turns out solid big beers, I've had guerre et paix barrel aged, and the Papillon de Nuit - 3 am, which is a barleywine.

    I won't even bother talking about Bellwoods, everyone knows their stuff is rock solid.

    Third Moon's Dead Don't Die series is a good one too. Though not among my top five, they are solid.

    These are the ones that come to mind for me, and I know there are many, many more across the country. Pipe up, let us know your favourites.
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  2. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Grand Pooh-Bah (3,446) Apr 21, 2014 Canada (ON)
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    Several years ago Amsterdam Double Tempest was great. I’ve heard the last two years are back to that as well and I have some I’ll try soon.

    Bellwoods BOYD, except the infected year, has always been a favourite.

    It has been years, but Half Pints Le Temps Noir was fantastic.

    Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller has always been very good.

    Other than Lambda, I can’t think of a big Belgian style beer from Canada that I’ve liked.

    Is Peche Mortel big enough? BA Peche is perfect and the Jameson BA one may be even better.
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  3. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Pooh-Bah (2,310) Jan 26, 2013 Canada (NB)
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    I always think of Peche as the standard in Canada, as it has a long history. The barrel versions are excellent, nice kick in the pants sippers.

    I know barleywine is a tricky beer to get right, but I'd love to see more available. I prefer English to American, but really, I'll grab any barleywine I come across.
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  4. TheHammer

    TheHammer Pooh-Bah (1,908) Feb 15, 2009 Canada (ON)

    Wellington Kentucky Cow would be a top one, a great bourbon aged Milk Stout.

    I believe they have also started to periodically do other variants on it. I believe currently Peppermint Cow and Ghost Cow using Ghost Peppers.

    Fairweather Wishing Well is another big one. The 2018 version was exceptional, the 2019 version wasn't as good fresh, but I've given it a year in the fridge so I'm curious how it's gone. They also just released the 2020 version, which I have a bottle but have yet to crack open.
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  5. LeBron_James

    LeBron_James Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2020 Canada (ON)

    My personal favourite is Peche Mortel by Dieu du Ciel. I prefer the barrel aged version to the standard but those are hard to find where I am. The Jameson one is great too as someone already mentioned. I'm also a big fan of the St. Ambroise BA imperial stout. I think it's kind of underrated at a 93 or whatever it is. I know these aren't the biggest or craziest beers, I just think they're fantastic.
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