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.

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.

Timbertrain Coffee Stout – Russell Brewing Co. (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Timbertrain Coffee Stout – Russell Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV – 50 IBUs, 650ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*, seasonal)


on the front-left label:

“Rusell presents our newest seasonal release; Timbertrain Coffee Stout. With a beautifully rich malt base and a healthy does of TimbertrainCoffeeRoasters.com cold pressed espresso our brewers have created a beer that is so much more than a breakfast drink.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – coffee) Dry Stout
  • Taste: Woody nutty bitter roast dry coffee roast barley mild vanilla
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good, not great

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours deep coffee brown with a massive long lasting ultra foamy head, thick sticky lacing, a few visible micro bubbles surfacing.

Nose: sweet nutty woody roasted coffee, caramelized barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: dry crisp, bright coffee malt impression

Mid-palate: tingly-bubbly, (lvl-1-sweetness), mildy burnt, deep roast coffee, vanilla, slight sour acidic brightness, roasted barley malt

Finish: residual woody roast, subtle bitter hops, lingering roast malt

Summary: Plenty of coffee influence in here, a robust balanced dry body. I prefer a sweeter stout, but this is pleasantly solid nonetheless. Better at 20°C.

Adam’s Apple 2008 – Forbidden Fruit Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

Adam’s Apple Dry Apple Table Wine 2008 – Forbidden Fruit Winery, 11% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“Our Adam’s Apple white table wine is lovingly crafted from the perfect blend of 6 different apple varieties all grown in the pristine Similkameen Valley.

With thousands of apple varieties believed to have grown in the original ‘Garden of Eden,’ the varietal blend in Adam’s Apple casts pure summer apple aromas with citrus and apple butter undertones. This crystal clear wine offers a palate of crisp clean citrus, a long finish of tangerine and pineapple, and will be enjoyed with veggie dishes, salads, salmon and shellfish and exotic cheeses.”

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  • Style: (dry table wine – Apple) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Gentle clean bright tangy red apple subdued acidic
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $17.90 CAD – 650 ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: almost, but too gentle

Visual: (2008 vintage, cellared for 8.5 years). Cork intact & good condition. Pours crystal clear light yellow.

Nose: fruity apple juice with some extra minerality (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, bright fruity apple impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), tangy bright red apple juice, light apple wine alcoholic, firm acidity

Finish: residual tanginess, apple exhale

Summary: Super clean apple flavour up front with a lightly sweet and bright body. Not quite as sour or acidic as you might expect from an apple wine, this one is easy going and very sippable. Slightly thin at the finish.

Hopped Apricot – Salt Spring Wild Cider House (Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada)

Hopped Apricot – Salt Spring Wild Cider House, 6.8% ABV, 750 ml., (Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada) (*local BC cider*)


-The 2nd Salt Spring Wild bottled tasting, 1st being their Plum Cider [C].


on the front-left label and a pic of an Italian prune plum:

“We’ve blended cascade hops, apricots, and organic apples together to create an aromatic cider that challenges conceptions of what cider can be. Both cider lovers and beer lovers will find a perfect union in this flavourful hefeweizen-esque all season cider.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – apricot, cascade hops) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Crisp tangy tart dry apple grapefruit hopped subtle apricot
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $16.15 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes

Visual: Bailer-top resealable cap. Pours clear apple juice yellow, no head, very slow and steady countable spread out micro streams.

Nose: muscat, filtered apple juice, slight perfumey apricot. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: firm crisp, bright fruity impression

Mid-palate: micro-tingly, (lvl-2-sweetness), background tangy-soft tart, dry apple juice, juicy grapefruit hopped exhale

Finish: lingering apricot, residual fruity dry apple

Summary: I really appreciate that you can ACTUALLY taste hops and apricots. Good integration and balance of flavours, very nice transitions. Solid stuff, and better than their plum cider.

Black Sam Licorice Stout – Lighthouse Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Black Sam Licorice Stout – Lighthouse Brewing, 7.2% ABV, 650 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

“With an aroma of roasted malt and nighttime, this pitch black stout has flavours of rich maltiness, molasses sweetness, dark chocolate, and a delicate note of Licorice.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – Licorice) Stout
  • Taste: Sweet molasses light roast barley malt mild coffee dark chocolate licorice
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N. Bby
  • How much: $8 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours coffee black with no head, almost no retention, scatter micro bubbles surfacing.

Nose: caramelized barley malt, cocoa, slight roast (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp, sweet dark barley malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), molasses, medium roasted barley, coffee,

Finish: dark chocolate, licorice, sweet roasted barley malt exhale

Summary: Overall clean and well-bodied. It lacks creaminess but makes for up for it with a crisp bite up front. Smooth transitions of flavours from start to finish.

Apple Pear Wine 2008 – Rustic Roots Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

Apple Pear Wine 2008 (apple cider and plum wine blend) – Rustic Roots Winery, 12.0% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada


description from the Rustic Roots website:

“This fresh crisp acidic wine has deceiving aromas of sweet baked apples with a surprisingly big midpalate with a dry and fresh palate of green apples, quince, spice and a touch of pineapple.  Made with 5 Varieties of Organic Similkameen Apples (Ambrosia, Gala, Macintosh, HoneyCrisp, Golden) and 3 Varieties of Organic Similkameen Pears (D’Anjou, Bartlett and Comice) This wine mimics an Unoaked Chardonnay with a bit of a Gewurztraminer, with its fresh green apple, pear, spice and pineapple nuances.”


  • Style: Apple-Pear Wine
  • Taste: Fruity juicy off-dry tangy mild tannic green/red apple mild pear hints of spice-pineapple
  • Where I got it : Liberty Wines (?) / Vancouver
  • How much: $22 CAD – 750ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: not raving

Visual: (cellared for 9 years). Pours clear light golden yellow, pristine clarity.

Nose: apple juice with a some dank woody peel, slight pear influence. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: bright fruity entry, juicy dry apple impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), tangy juicy acidity, slightly dank apple wine, green apple, woody apple peel

Finish: hints of cinnamon/nutmeg spice, perfumey pear-red apple exhale, off-dry palate, pineapple notes.

Summary: It has the advertised flavours, solid quality and composition. The fruitiness helps offset the dryness and together they create an appetizing and sippable combo. All around clean, medium body, good complexity and transitions.