wpid-img_20151117_205353.jpgLast year’s 8 Beers of Chanukah series was such an incredible hit, I decided to bring it back. After all, what goes better with your latkes and dreidls then 8 crazy nights of beer? Wish us luck on this one, it’s not easy to get through that much beer in 8 nights, friends.

We’ve had a bottle of Bellwoods Brewery‘s Bounty Hunter hiding in our beer fridge, Bev, for a few months. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I’ve been hoarding it for a while, and we’re not too sure when it came home with us or how much we paid. We’re sorry. Beer should be consumed when its fresh, but I have a sneaking suspicion I picked it up during the summer when it was too hot for me to enjoy a stout, and hid it away for a festive day. And what could be more festive than Chanukah? Maybe Festivus, but the jury’s still out on that.

Bounty Hunter is a strong porter at a whopping 10.3% ABV brewed with coconut and vanilla. Bellwoods Brewery describes it as a maelstrom of bitter chocolate, dark malt flavours, with a subtle underbelly of coconut and vanilla. But good luck finding it again my friends – it is not currently on tap or in bottles at Bellwoods Brewery. Hopefully they will brew up some more to keep up warm on the cold dark nights of a Toronto winter.

Appearance: Deep black pour, unfiltered. Rich lingering tan head.

Aroma: All of the best winter aromas of bitter chocolate and coffee, and a hint of coconut to evoke memories of summer or beach holidays.

Taste: Rich coffee notes from the dark malt, bits of vanilla and toasty campfire on the palate. Coconut is subtle, which is good since I don’t want to drink my body lotion. Velvety mouth feel.

Aftertaste: Deep rich dark chocolate finish, lingering bitterness.

Overall: I’m glad I hoarded this until cooler weather, but I’m sad it’s gone. Please brew some more and let me know when it is available, Bellwoods. It would make a great Chanukah present for me! We recommend pairing it with a blue cheese appetizer for contrast, or a dark chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Or just pour it in my mouth. It’s that good.

Shawna O'Flaherty

Shawna is a 30-something Montreal native transplanted to Toronto in 2010. Wine loving, beer sniffing and rum swilling come naturally to her, and she is also a certified Irish whiskey taster. She has hosted beer and cheese pairing events in the past.

Shawna has visited vineyards in 6 countries on 3 continents, and has a knack for finding the hoppiest beers around. A dedicated Booze Hound, Shawna completed the Wine Specialist Certificate at George Brown College in 2018.

She can be found drinking alka-seltzer and coconut water in the morning.

Email: shawna@torontoboozehound.com