Stag and Pheasant Imperial Stout – Main Street Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Stag and Pheasant Imperial Stout – Main Street Brewing Company, 9.3% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

Before brewing beer, Charles Doering, co-founder of the Vancouver Breweries which is now houses Main Street Brewing, owned the Stag & Pheasant saloon to follow his passion of opening a brewery. It is with this same passion to brew beer that we tip our collective hats to Charles with our ‘Stag & Pheasant’ Imperial Stout. This stout is a combination of rich roasted malts which give a deep, earthy taste, while interlacing chocolate, coffee and a touch of pine with a hint of smoke. The bitterness balances out the sweetness to finish of this delicious winter warmer.”

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  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Thick barley sweet malt controlled alcohol dark choco piney hop roasted coffee
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $9.30 CAD (after 10% off) – 650 ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: (cellared for almost 2 years). Red wax & bottle cap sealed. Pours jet black-brown with no head, very thin ring with an off-shape island, surfacing slow bubbles, barely visible micro sporadic streams here and there.

Nose: sweet thick caramel malt, molasses. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: oily-thicker, light crisp, thick malt-tangy alcohol impression

Mid-palate: tingly, (lvl-6-sweetness), controlled alcoholic weighty, sweet roasted barley malt

Finish: dark chocolate, moderate piney hop bitter, light burnt roasted coffee

Summary: A bit too bright and hoppy at the start and mids which are competing with the roasted malt sweetness at the beginning to mids. Eventually the roastyness and hopped bitter zen out at the finish. Not the smoothest imp stout but at least decent; I’d like to try the BA limited edition.

Melville’s Ginger Beer – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Melville’s Ginger Beer – Innis & Gunn, 4.1% ABV, 275 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)


on the back label:

We have captured the mouth-watering flavours of natural ginger by blending real stem ginger with our craft-brew lager. The resulting beer is deep, spicy and really packs a punch! Purity of flavour is so important to us we never use juice from concentrate.”


  • Style: Ginger Beer
  • Taste: Cane sugar cloying palate rough plain ginger light-medium burn
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W.Vancouver
  • How much: $11 CAD (after 10% off) – 275 ml. x 4, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours copper orange with a bit of fizz and no head, very thin ring, scatter very loose slow streams.

Nose: cane sugared ginger, slight musky. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp, incoming artificial sweetener like roughness

Mid-palate: ginger root, light tangy (lvl-6-sweetness), liquid cane sugar

Finish: light-medium ginger heat, ginger rooty exhale mixed with light barley malt

Summary: Not much beer in the ginger beer, mostly sugary liquid sweet cane with ginger overtones. There’s a compounding cloying artificial sweetener-like palate roughness after every sip. Average. I’ve had plenty of non-alcoholic ginger beers with more fiery punch than this.

Melville’s Raspberry Craft Lager – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Melville’s Raspberry Craft Lager – Innis & Gunn, 4.1% ABV, 275 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)


on the back label:

We have captured the mouth-watering flavours of Scottish Glen Ample Raspberries by blending real fruit juice with our craft-brew lager. The resulting beer is full flavoured and deliciously refreshing. Purity of flavour is so important to us we never use juice from concentrate.”

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  • Style: (Raspberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Jammy mild tangy sweet raspberry subtle malt roughish finish
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $11 CAD (after 10% off) – 275 ml. x 4, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours dirty reddish-brown with no head, surfacing soda-like streams with a small island, bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose: strawberry puree, jam-like (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, raspberry fruity impression

Mid-palate: fruity-jammy-tangy raspberry juice, slightly cloying (lvl-6-sweetness), background light malt

Finish: residual malt, subtle bitter hops, palate roughness

Summary: A pretty simple beer that hardly tastes like a beer except at the finish where the hops appear. Partially authentic but mostly jammy raspberry with just a touch of tang. Drinkable, a bit better than their strawberry [C], though I don’t really like the palate rough finish.

Obsidian Stout – Deschutes Brewery (Bend, OR, USA)

Obsidian Stout – Deschutes Brewery, 6.4% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Bend, Oregon, USA)


  • Style: (dryish) Stout
  • Taste: Dryish bitter roasted coffee fruity barley malt lingering roast bitter
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / Burnaby
  • How much: $3.50 CAD (after 10% off) – 12 fl.oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours ultra dark brown without a head but temporary surfacing bubbles, thin ringed retention, barely visible singular micro streams.

Nose: toffee malt, sweet cocoa, chocolate truffle. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: off-dry crisp, roasty malt impression

Mid-palate: background controlled acidity, (lvl-3-sweetness), coffee fruity overtones, medium dry roasted barley malt

Finish: long-lingering medium bitter dry woody roast, roasted exhale

Summary: Lots of lengthy roasted malts with a just enough sweetness and acidity to balance it out. Medium bodied, low creaminess. Smooth drinkability.

Echigo Stout – Echigo Beer Co. (Niigata, Japan)

Echigo Stout – Echigo Beer Company, 7% ABV, 330 ml., (Niigata, Japan)


  • Style: (sweet) Stout
  • Taste: Smooth balanced molasses light roast caramel biscuity barley malt
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 330 ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure, but not crazily

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours dark cola brown without a significant head, thick ringed retention, lots of clustered very active micro streams.

Nose: caramel liquid barley malt, light roast, hints of nutty. (lvl-8)-pungency, much stronger as it warms

Attack: dull crisp, soft light creamy, sweet caramel malt impression

Mid-palate: flat-tingly, (lvl-5-sweetness), molasses barley malt, light roast caramel malt, nutmeg, biscuity

Finish: hints of chocolate, lingering nutty-woody light bitter, cola

Summary: A very easy-to-drink 7%er stout with a solid balance of sweet and roasted malt. Slightly heavy malty sweet by the end but there’s enough complexity to balance it out. It lacks a bit of creaminess and push at the finish.

Tip Hop Spruce White IPA – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

Tip Hop Spruce White IPA – Dead Frog Brewery, 6.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

A juicy white IPA brewed with fresh picked spruce tips and Simcoe hops to provide a tropical pine aroma, followed by a crisp, golden malt profile.

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, spruce tips, (and wheat malt…?)

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  • Style: (flavoured – spruce tip) White IPA
  • Taste: Crisp off-dry short mango-orange malt disjointed spruce-pine bitter hop
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 CAD – 650 ml., August 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours virtually clear golden orange with a smallish dissipating head, ringed retention with a large island, lots of singular fast steady micro streams.

Nose: mango-orange laced with a bit of spruce, medium bright and clean. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, bitter undertones, orangey malt impression

Mid-palate: micro bubbles, orange, slight mango, (lvl-3-sweetness), spruce/pine greenness,

Finish: numbing soft bitter hops, residual grainy barley malt and disjointed hop oils

Summary: The entry is decent with its crispness and tropical fruity profile but I don’t really like the dull disjointed bitter hop finish. The greenness just lingers on for too long.

Rieser Hefe-Weisen – Ankerbräu Nördlingen (Germany)

Rieser Hefe-Weisen – Ankerbräu Nördlingen, 5.2% ABV, 500 ml., (Nördlingen, USA)


from ratebeer.com:

“Rieser Hefe-Weizen is a topfermented, unfiltered, bottle conditioned specialty. Mild, fruity and yeast in the flavor. Brewed according to the German Purity Law. Ingredients are locally grown and premium quality. Ingredients: water, wheatmalts, barleymalts and yeast.”


  • Style: German Hefeweizen
  • Taste: Off-dry apple grainy wheat barley malt
  • Where I got it : Taphouse / W.Van
  • How much: $3 CAD – 500 ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours cloudy orange with a small 2mm head, scattered steady loose streams.

Nose: apple malt, slightly musky. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: off-dry grainy malt impression

Mid-palate: tingly, (lvl-3-sweetness), sweet barley malt, apple background

Finish: mildly palate rough, slight woody-apple exhale, residual grain

Summary: Crisp and clean, pretty average body and taste. Apple wheat-barley grainy, not too special. Meal beer.