Strange Fellows Nocturnum: This beer is brewed in Vancouver, BC at this new place that has a flair for the strange and unusual. It comes in at a strength of 6.5% abv with 65 IBU’s and should be available in 473 mL cans very soon, making it a little easier to get a hold of for the average BC beer drinker.
Aroma and Appearance: Nocturnum pours a ruby brown colour with fast rising bubbles that lead up to 3 fingers of tan foam. The aroma is fruity nectarines, grapefruit, caramel sweetness and some sugary dried plums giving off an interesting malt profile.
Flavour: Malt balls, plums and rye bread upfront, it moves into chocolate and orange rind citrus in the middle which is quickly followed by grilled grapefruit and a lingering pine bitterness.
Overall Impression: Dark IPA’s are a bit of an enigma, sometimes the roasted malts are a huge hit with the fruity hops and bitterness, sometimes they are a total buzz kill. This one is more in the middle, leaning towards a hit though as while a few flavours fought with each other initially, it balanced out into something that has high potential. I also finished this growler in once sitting, which is always a good sign of a decent beer.
Rating: Very good at 7/10, worth a try once the cans come out if you can’t make the brewery.
Food Pairing: Dark IPA’s need something meaty, but an interesting option would be a grilled up portobello mushroom with melted farmers cheese on it and some mushroom gravy.
Look for their canned product any day now…
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