Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout – Moody Ales (Port Moody, BC, Canada)

Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout – Moody Ales, 5.8% ABV – 38 IBU, 650ml., (Port Moody, BC, Canada) (*local craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“Some say the only ingredients in beer should be barley, hops, yeast, and water. We say, the more the merrier. The Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is brewed with chocolate malt and cocoa, then conditioned on cocoa nibs for an intense chocolate flavour. Toasted oats contribute a baked oatmeal cookie aroma. A perfect treat right before bed.”

Grains: Maris Otter, Chocolate, Crystal 60, Flaked Oats, Carafa Special II

Hops: East Kent goldings, Fuggles

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  • Style: (flavoured – cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, lactose)
    Oatmeal Stout
  • Taste: Sharp crisp metallic chocolate malt dry cocoa roasted bitter malt disjointed transitions
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.45 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, not refined

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Pours jet black with a sizeable frothy 2cm slowly dissipating head, 2mm creamy retention, a bit of lacing, very active scattered micro streams.

Nose: cocoa powder malt, cocoa nib nutty, toasted-slight burnt toffee biscuit (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp, full-tingly, subdued sour background

Mid-palate: metallic oaty chocolate malt, mild milkiness, (lvl-4-sweetness), dry cocoa base, soft toasted bitter barley malt

Finish: residual dark cocoa, lingering roasted dark malt

Summary: Decent dark roast chocolaty flavour but somewhat marred by a metallic sharpness. The oats and lactose don’t seem to create enough of a creamy silkiness to complement the cocoa, which itself isn’t too spectacular. Drinkable, but the transitions lack finesse and are chaotic to the palate.

Cherysh Cherry Rosé 2008 – Forbidden Fruit Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C]

Cherysh Cherry Rosé 2008 (fruit wine) – Forbidden Fruit Winery, 11.5% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“Our CHERYSH ROSÉ is lovingly hand crafted from tree ripened Stella cherries grown and harvested in the pristine Similkameen Valley. With their superb flavours and sweetness, Stella cherries are a perfect choice for this exceptional wine.

Known throughout the ages as the fruit of love, flushed red with pleasure or with shame, Cherysh is a delicate Rosé colour with rich cherry aromas. With a hint of sweetness in its soft clean finish and a creamy cherry flavour on the palate, this Rosé pairs with seafood and spicy dishes or served as an aperitif.”

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  • Style: (table wine – Cherry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Tangy controlled acidic fruity light-med body cherry short length
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $20 CAD – 650 ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados:

Visual: (2008 vintage, cellared for 9 years). Cork intact & good condition. Pours clear light scarlet red, a few bubbles along the perimeter.

Nose: bright fruity juicy cherry, tangy tart depth (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: acidic-tart, fruity impression

Mid-palate: light-medium cherry body, short length, medium tangy-light tart, fruity crisp acidity, (lvl-2-sweetness)

Finish: residual tanginess, flat flavour finish, mild woody cherry stem exhale

Summary: Overall it is skewed toward the tangy acidic side, with the cherry body falling short during the mids until the finish. It has decent authentic cherry flavour but overall it’s just an average drinking experience.

Red Racer Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ale – Central City Brewers (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Red Racer Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ale – Central City Brewers & Distillers, 5.0% ABV, 650 ml., (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-2017 pumpkin beers are finally here! Here’s the 1st of 2017.


printed on the front-left label:

Like a delicious Pumpkin Snickerdoodle, this craft beer creation is infused with real pumpkin, fall spice flavour, and has a smooth, creamy centre.

Ingredients: water, malted barley , pumpkin puree, lactose, hops and spices.

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and in case you were wondering what’s a snickerdoodle (via wiki):

“A snickerdoodle is a type of cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, and flour, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Eggs may also sometimes be used as an ingredient, with cream of tartar and baking soda added to leaven the dough.”


  • Style: (flavoured – pumpkin, lactose, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 CAD – 650 ml., September 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope, weak body

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with a dissipating 1mm head, ringed retention, scattered loose singular streams.

Nose: nutmeg-cinnamon, brown sugar malt. (lvl-7)-intensity

Attack: crisp-light fizzy, malty sweet impresion

Mid-palate: lengthy cinnamon/nutmeg spices, pumpkin base, brown sugar malt-(thin), (lvl-5)-sweetness,

Finish: mild lactose, residual malt body

Summary: The pumpkin-spices to malt body ratio is off; The barley malt base is too weak and lacks length and carry while the pumpkin and spiced flavours gradually dominate from the start of the mids onward. The lactose adds a bit of thicker mouthfeel at the end but by then the malt body has already stopped short. Drinkable, but below average – not worth your time.

Agent Orange IPA – Giggles & Warlock Craftworks (Richmond, BC, Canada)

Agent Orange IPA – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, 5.8% ABV, 650 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the front-left label:

“Agent Orange IPA: What happens when you combine a crisp refreshing IPA with mandarin oranges? Magic! Introducing Agent Orange IPA with fresh mandarin oranges featuring Galaxy, Citra, and Cascade hops!

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  • Style: (flavoured – mandarin orange) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Sour tart tangy funk dull mandarin orange lingering bitter pith
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.55 CAD – 650ml., September 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours cloudy orange, not much head, ringed retention with a spotty thin islands, several spread out singular micro streams.

Nose: mandarin orange with some tart funk. Has a floral edge. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-dull, citrus sour tart impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), tart medium sour funk, persistent tanginess, dull mandarin orange, background malt

Finish: linger citrus peel bitter, mild orange exhale

Summary: Totally not what I was expecting, and not in a good way. The sour tart funk comes across as abrasive and unpleasant when combined with the bitter profile which has major orange pith nuances – the rough kind you get when you leave a slice of lime in water for a prolonged period of time. Drinkable, but not very enjoyable. Dull, disjointed, and not much of an IPA while taking the worst parts of a mandarin orange. 4 Mile Brewing’s Mandarin IPA [B+] is much better.

Hopopotamus Oak Aged IPA – Big Rock Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Hopopotamus Oak Aged IPA (Limited edition), 6.8% ABV, 650ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the back label:

“Surprisingly smooth with a booming bite, this IPA is big on flavour. Hopopotamus packs a punch of citrus and pine, and finishes with the vanilla and caramel sweetness of oak.”

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  • Style: (oak aged) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Tangy citrus piney sweet toffee vanilla malt soft bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.70 CAD – 650ml., September 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep

Visual: Pours opaque orange-brown with a very small 1mm lasting head, ultra fine layer of retention, scattered steady micro streams.

Nose: orange-piney citrus floral bright hop oils (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp thicker, heavy sweet malt impression, creamy tingly mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), tangy mandarin orange overtones, smooth toffee malt, light oak vanilla, green piney notes

Finish: lingering pine hops, a burst of hop bitter

Summary: Excellent complexity and balance in this one, with the oak playing a prominent yet balanced role in adding warmth and slight woodiness to the citrus piney base IPA. The transition from citrus to oak character is very pleasant and unique. Recommended.

Kaffee Coffee Blonde – Steel & Oak Brewing Co. (New Westminster, BC, Canada)

Kaffee Coffee Blonde – Steel & Oak Brewing Company, 5.1% ABV – 17 IBU, 650ml., (New Westminster, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the front-right label:

“Locally roasted coffee, sourced from small holder farmers in Ethiopia’s Guji Sidama region, provides a rich yet delicate floral aroma with notes of brown sugar, grapefruit and caramel. A German malt base provides a crisp finish and a subtle biscuit flavour which plays with the wondrous coca and roasted flavours that the coffee provides.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – Coffee) Blonde Ale
  • Taste: Grainy biscuity nutty coffee dull basic barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7.50 CAD – 650ml., August 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: (Guji Sidama region coffee bean edition) Pours clear golden yellow with a 3cm dissipating head, ringed retention, loose mix of slow and  and fast streams.

Nose: cacao-y nutty light roast coffee beans, background farty barley malt (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, light frothy CO2, light coffee malty impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), cocoa caramel nutty coffee, basic-thin liquid barley malt

Finish: hints of brown sugar, lingering biscuity grainy barley malt

Summary: The coffee flavour provides a good burst of flavour from the start to the mids but after that the barley malt base is just too basic and dull to carry it. The result is a beer that is decent at the start but falls flat by the end. A bit above average, but I’d still have a Rogue Cold Brew IPA [B+] if I wanted a non-stout coffee beer.

Himalayan Blackberry Wine – Kermode Wild Berry Wines (Dewdney, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B-]

Himalayan Blackberry Wine – Kermode Wild Berry Wines,12% ABV, 750 ml., (Dewdney, BC, Canada) (*local BC Wine*)


on the back label:

“Served slightly chilled, this wine is sure to please one and all with its exceptional body and full-flavored finish. These blackberries are harvested in BC’s lush Fraser Valley where the mountains meet the meadows, by dedicated locals who hand pick these voluptuous berries at the peak of ripeness. Enjoy this complex off-dry wine with any occasion.”

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  • Style: (wild blackberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot @Cambie / Vancouver
  • How much: $21 CAD – 750 ml., sometime in ’11-’12
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: no, too plain

Visual: (cellared for at least 5 years). Pours clear dark magenta.

Nose: super fruity bright tangy blackberry juice, superbly clean. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: tangy fruity bright

Mid-palate: alcoholic zingy, (lvl-2-sweetness), background light alcoholic warmth, deep rich tangy blackberry, big tangy-firm acidity, building tartness

Finish: berry exhale, tart gums

Summary: Very drinkable with a clean and welcoming fruity entry displaying authentic blackberry depth and juiciness. As with most fruit wines, it becomes predictable after a glass.