Red Racer Habanero Stout – Central City Brewers (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Red Racer Habanero Stout – Central City Brewers & Distillers, 8.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


printed on the front-left label:

“Red Racer habanero stout is a classical Russian imperial stout with subtle addition of habanero chilis to create a warming and spicy mouth feel. Pronounced notes of coffee and chocolate balanced with Northwest hops and a touch of heat produce an exceptional imperial stout.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – habanero) Imperial Stout
  • Taste: balanced sweet soft roasted barley malt chocolate light coffee negligible heat
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / Burnaby
  • How much: $6.50 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: nah, not memorable

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours clear and a very dark brown without much of a head, a thin ring with a medium island, micro bubbles surfacing here and there.

Nose: chocolatey roasted barley malt, molasses, hints of nutty coffee. No notes of habanero. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: light tingly-soft crisp, sweet roasted malt impression

Mid-palate: slight thicker mouthfeel, 50/50-bitter/milk chocolate, (lvl-6-sweetness), soft roasted barley malt, licorice

Finish: nutty coffee, very  subtle non-invasive heat, light bitter cocoa, residual bittersweet roasted barley malt

Summary: There’s no real standout flavours or textures but the overall tranquil balance of soft roast, sweetness, and alcohol means that this brew still goes down easy after the halfway mark. Good quality craftsmanship permeates the palate from start to finish.

Peared Up Saison – Central City Brewers Collab (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Peared Up Saison – Central City Brewers & Distillers + Great Lakes Brewery (Toronto) Collaboration, 5% ABV, 650 ml., (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


printed on the front-right label:

“The Paired Up Saison is a single hopped Saison brewed with Jarrylo Hops and real pear juice. The Jarrylo hops bring out a natural banana, pear and citrus spice flavour in this light and sessionable ale. The natural hop flavour is augmented with pear juice in the brew for a fruit-infused flavour experience.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – pear juice) Saison
  • Taste: Crisp clean light-medium banana wheat malt mild pear roughish dry finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.90 CAD – 650 ml., August 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: nah.

Visual: Pours slightly translucent pale apple juice yellow with a medium-sized lasting head, 2mm retention, close singular fast large bubble streams.

Nose: pear floral-perfumy, yeasty light banana wheat malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy bite, mouthful of bubbly CO2

Mid-palate: tingly-fizzy, pineapple-banana wheat malt, yeasty-tangy mildly astringent, (lvl-3-sweetness), perfumey pear, hints of apple

Finish: wheat malt exhale, minor dry palate roughness, super subtle hop bitterness

Summary: Some pear flavour in the mids, but not very bright – predominantly banana wheat malt. Not super smooth, lacking in a substantial body; Sessionable but not impressionable.

Hopping Mad Cider Radler – Central City Brewers (Surrey, BC, Canada)

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Hopping Mad Cider Radler – Central City Brewers & Distillers., 4.2% ABV, 473ml., (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC craft cider*)


printed on the front-right of the can:

“Radler was created with beer & juice for bikers. We’ve now done it with cider!”

Ingredients: apple cider, sugar, grapefruit juice, potassium sorbate.


  • Style: (flavoured – grapefruit juice) Apple cider
  • Taste: Juicy bright sweet (60/40) yellow grapefruit/apple cider
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.45 CAD – 473ml., June 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: more like a party drink

Visual: Pours opaque yellow grapefruit juice colour with lots of bubbles cliffhanging onto the glass. Steady streams surfacing.

Nose: filtered apple alcoholic cider, background grapefruit juice – no surprises. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-tingly, bright fruity

Mid-palate: sweet apple cider, yellow grapefruit juicy tangy-tart, (lvl-6-sweetness)

Finish: light tart, light residual sugars, fleshy grapefruit exhale

Summary: Decent body and length with distinct yet well-integrated apple cider and grapefruit flavours. Easy-drinking but I wouldn’t want another.

Ace of Hokkaido Single Hop Golden Ale – Central City Brewing (Surrey, BC, Canada)

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Ace of Hokkaido Single hop/Sorachi Ace Golden Ale – Central City Brewers + Distillers, 5% ABV, 650ml, (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the front-left label:

“Roaming the mountains of Hokkaido’s Sorachi region, the Ace of Hokkaido fearlessly protects those in need. In masked anonymity, a black shitago and sheathed odachi mark the distinctive silhouette that sinks into the darkness of night. The Ace of Hokkaido is the vigilante guardian watching over the villages of Sorachi.”

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  • Style: (Single Hop – Sorachi Ace) Golden Ale
  • Taste: Composed sweet citrus liquid barley malt numbing bitter hop subtle dill
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 CAD (10% off) – 650ml., May 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: I’ve had more distinct single hopped

Visual: Pours clear golden orange without too much head, thin hazy layer of retention.

Nose: sweet clean liquid barley malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp-light fizzy, subdued background incoming bitter hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), medium bright orange/lemon citrus undertones, liquid barley malt

Finish: somewhat metallic, numbing soft hoppy bitter, almost salty dill exhale.

Summary: Not really “in your face” dill and lemons flavours as advertised, but rather subtle and composed. Okay, but the brew didn’t exactly make a Sorachi Ace statement.

Central City / Parallel 49 2014 Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Calendar Day #24 – Rum & Raisin Belgian Dubbel

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Calendar Day #24

  • My Rating: [D]

Dubbel Trubbel / Rum & Raisin Belgian Dubbel – Central City Brewing & Parallel 49 Collaboration, 6.5% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

-Done with 2014 calendar 2 years late, the summary will be posted shortly.

  • Style: (flavoured; Rum, raisin) Abbey Dubbel
  • Taste: Flat basic sour barley candi malt tangy
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: gads no

Visual: Pours mahogany reddish brown with a quickly dissipating low head, suspended micro sediment, ringed retention, a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: hints of dark fruit/fig-date, not much there. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: almost flat, half-slick

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, barely tingly, (MAIN) candi barley malt, sour cherry, light pukey, raisin, sour-tangy

Finish: hints of rum, residual acidic-tangy malt finish.

Summary: The 24th and last beer of the 2014 countdown calendar; what a letdown. Desperately lacking in carbonated mouthfeel and neither rum nor raisin are prominently showcased.

Central City / Parallel 49 2014 Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Calendar Day #20 – Imperial Porter Bourbon Barrel Aged

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Calendar Day #20

Imperial Porter Bourbon Barrel Aged – Central City Brewing, 9.0% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

-…and that’s all folks! I’ll wrap up with an overview of the 2015 calendar shortly.

on the back label:

“This rich bourbon barrel-aged small batch ale exudes deep aromas of roasted malts and bakers chocolate. Combined with a silky full body, it leaves you wanting more.”

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  • Style: (bourbon barrel aged) Imperial Porter
  • Taste: Creamy balanced bourbon roasted toffee malt chocolate malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, loved it
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 100%

Visual: Pours jet black with a large lasting creamy head, foamy 3mm layer of retention, sticky lacing, lots of micro singular streams.

Nose: oaked bourbon, roasted barley malt, fig/date. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: slick-smooth-creamy, foamy-micro-tingly mouthfeel,

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, stealth background tangy-sour, (MAIN) vanilla & bourbon, roasted toffee malt, background oakiness

Finish: burpy, chocolate malty, dark chocolate bitterness

Summary: Wow. One of the best local (British Columbia) craft beers I’ve had, period. Full of balanced flavour, creamy mouthfeel, and clean finish. Supremely well-hidden ABV.

Central City / Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #24 – Jitter Buzz Imperial Coffee Stout

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #24

Jitter Buzz Imperial Coffee Stout – Central City Brewing, 9.0% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

-…and that’s all folks! I’ll wrap up with an overview of the 2015 calendar shortly.

on the front-left label:

“A full bodied, rich, and complex imperial stout with pronounced coffee notes and hints of molasses, cold-pressed organic espresso, supplied by Vancouver’s very own Bean Around the World, add to this beer’s complexity and makes for a luscious drink anytime this winter.”

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  • Style: (flavoured; coffee) Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Big roast coffee throughout molasses brown sugar malt chocolate mocha
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, for future coffee stout reference
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: magnificent-o

Visual: Pours jet black with minimal head, very thin layer of retention, some tiny bubbles here and there.

Nose: deep roast coffee. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp/half-slick/micro-fizzy, immediate deep roast

Mid-palate: continual deep roast, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) molasses, brown sugar malt, bittersweet roast coffee, chocolate/dark chocolate, milky mocha

Finish: malty bittersweet chocolate roast coffee exhale, mildly cloying.

Summary: Did I say deep roast? Huge coffee roastiness with the cold-press technique shining through beautifully, exhibiting clean coffee flavour minus the acidity. Expertly balanced with very nice drinkability.