Coorinna (Saison) – Steel & Oak Brewing Co. (New Westminster, BC, Canada)

Coorinna, Oceanic inspired saison – Steel & Oak Brewing Company, 4.8% ABV – 21 IBU, 650ml., (New Westminster, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

on the front-right label:

“Wild harvested Tasmanian pepperberries and a collection of New Zealand hop varietals contribute notes of fresh cracked pepper, citrus, tropical fruit, lime and lemon zest to this oceanic inspired saison. Finishing crisp and dry with a touch of spice. Bottled on 20 June 2017.”


  • Style: (flavoured – Tasmanian pepperberries) Saison
  • Taste: Trace pepper mainly banana lemon wheat malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7 CAD – 650ml., July 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours dirty yellow peach with a slowly dissipating foamy 1cm head, sticky lacing, barely visible micro streams.

Nose: lemony banana wheat malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, citrusy wheat malt impression

Mid-palate: hints of pepper, short tang-mild funk, (lvl-3-sweetness), lemony-banana wheat malt, slight custard

Finish: wheat malt dry, subtle low bitter hop

Summary: Smooth and drinkable but the I don’t find the Tasmanian pepperberries having much of an impact nor the NZ hops. Medium bodied and nothing really stands out about this one despite the unique ingredients. A bit above average.

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.

Central City / Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #20 – Red Racer Imperial IPA (skipped)


Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #20

  • My Rating: [B+],  I gave it a (3.7 of 5, upgrade from 3.2) on

Imperial IPA – Central City Brewing, 9% ABV, 650ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

-I had this before, slightly different label, bomber 650ml. Gave it a slightly above average rating back in June 2015.

May 24, 2016 Tasting notes: Very creamy-thicker entry, lvl-8-sweetness with some tangy alcohol. Big caramel/toffee/scotch ale barley malt with licorice/orange peel/citrusy hops. Surprisingly, much better than I initially rated it.


Kuri Kuro 栗黒 Dark Chestnut Ale – Miyazaki Hideji Beer Co. (Miyazaki, Japan)


Rating: B-

Price: $7.29 USD, Uwajimaya, 11.2 fl.oz. 9%ABV

Visual: pours dark cola brown, no head, thin ringed retention, just a few steady streams.

Nose: roasted burnt chocolate malt (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: (MAIN) cola, roasted malty biscuity, gianduja (hazelnut), chocolate

Finish: alcoholic numbness, malty cola, dry roast finish.

Summary: a very unique dark roast ale with a distinct nutty chocolate flavour. Nicely hidden abv.

N’ice Chouffe, 10% ABV, (Belgium) (listed in “1001 beers you have to taste before you die”)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, sugars, yeast, hops, thyme, curacao

My notes:
  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: bold caramel creaminess yet also spiced
  • Where I got it: Chateau Louis (EDM)
  • How much: $13 (after 5%) , June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours semi-dark cloudy brown with a fabulous thick creamy head, lots of slow moving CO2 streams. A very malty nose. Predominantlly caramel malts, mixed in is brown sugar, orange peel, thyme, and alcohol, with a heavy sweetness (9/10). Finishes alcoholic and med-light bitter. Medium complexity, high depth, good transitions, good carry, decent drinkability. I find this one the booziest of all the Chouffes, can’t say I would go for another.

Raspberry Porter – Tree Brewing, 5% ABV, (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

My notes:
  • My Rating: C
  • Why I don’t love it: barely identifiable raspberry & too thin-bodied
  • Where I got it: Legacy (?)
  • How much: ~$6 , 650ml., May/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours almost pitch brown with a small head, foamy CO2. Very malty tart raspberries on the nose. Drinks very creamy up front, and then the subdued tartness kicks in, tastes of medium malts, light coffee, faint raspberry aroma, 5/10-level sour backdrop and finishes partially watery, soft bitter, and without carry. Medium complexity, medium depth, okay transitions, below-average carry, decent drinkability. An okay experimental beer, but not really worth the time and calories.

2nd Tasting: (Oct 29, 2012): Pours with a nice massive creamy foamy head, okay retention. Roasted malts and dark raspberry compote on the nose. Drinks with a nice crispness, round flavour, coffee-ish raspberry. Not a whole lot of depth. Upgrade to C+.

Hop Ottin’ IPA, 7% ABV, (Boonville, California)

On the label:

Hop-Heads, your dreams have come true! Hop Ottin’ is Boontling for “hardworking hops,” and they’re surely hard at work in this brew. Hop Ottin’ starts with a strong floral aroma, which winds into a deep and complex body. In an intriguing balance, honey-drenched malts coat rich hop undertones. At length, the hops prevail, with a satisfyingly crisp finish. Hop Ottin’ bites like a cankicky bluetail (Hop Ottin’ bites like a rattlesnake looking for a fight.)

My notes:
  • My Rating: A-
  • Why it’s special: mellow bitter citrus with a creamy mouthfeel
  • Where I got it: W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $6.50 , 1 pt 6floz., Feb/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, with friends
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours clear dark orange, nice lasting foamy head, lots of slow-moving CO2 streams. Hops and tangerine on the nose. Soft bitter hops up front, mellow sweetness and creaminess, clean tangerine peel, medium malts, and a crisp clean lingering bitter finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, great carry, excellent drinkability. An ultra-smooth IPA that is balanced and not overly aggressive.