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.

Creekside Coffee Stout – Canuck Empire Brewing (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

Creekside Coffee Stout – Canuck Empire Brewing, 5.2% ABV, 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*)


printed on the front-right label:

“Creekside Coffee Stout is winter in a bottle. This beer is black as night with a thick head of light brown foam. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and a touch of smoke ignite your senses. Coffee and chocolate flavours mingle with the silky body and balanced hops to create a seriously drinkable beer. Delicious!”

Ingredients: Water, Malts: (2-Row, Chocolate, Debittered Black, Aromatic, and Flaked Barley), Brown Sugar, Coffee Beans, Lactose Sugar, Hops: (Magnum & Perle), Yeast

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  • Style: (flavoured – Coffee) Stout
  • Taste: Toffee malt ginger dry cinnamon/pumpkin spices half-bodied
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn, N. Bby
  • How much: $7 (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, better out there

Visual: Pours dark coffee brown without a significant head, very thin ringed retention with a couple of small islands, barely visible slow steady micro streams.

Nose: roasted coffee, roasted barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: light crisp, tingly-micro fizzy

Mid-palate: sweet roasted barley malt, (lvl-6-sweetness), background caramelized nutty coffee

Finish: lactose milkiness, lingering roasted barley malt, cacao

Summary: A good balance of sweet roast and bitter coffee that isn’t too overbearing. The lactose and brown sugar help round it out, but I find the entry-mid palate feeling thin in the mouth. Sippable but forgettable.

Imperial Coffee Stout – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Imperial Coffee Stout – Spinnakers Brewpub, 8.6% ABV -22 IBU, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-yep, another Spinnakers brew. Really, I’m just saving all my best bottles that I know can age for later date.


on the front-right label:

In collaboration with the good folks at Fernwood Coffee, we present this big ol’ coffee stout! Heaps of dark malts and roasted barley combine with locally roasted, Fernwood cold brewed coffee to create a rich, full bodied experience that is sure to delight beer and coffee aficionados alike.

Ingredients: aquifer water, malted barley, Fernwood cold brew coffee, oats, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: (flavoured – Fernwood cold brew coffee) Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Sweet thick heavy molasses barley malt mocha roasted coffee woody bittersweet
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7.35 CAD – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: my favourite brew of (11) theirs to date

Visual: Pours super dark brown with a lasting 70% foamy head, not much lacing, clusters of steady micro streams visible near the surface.

Nose: dark chocolate, roasted barley, deep roasted coffee (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: crisp, fizzy-airy

Mid-palate: (lvl-8-sweetness), alcoholic heavy thick barley malt, molasses, mocha, root beer/anise notes

Finish: roasted coffee/woody exhale, bittersweet roasted barley

Summary: Not the most elegant of imperial stouts but this one does have a pretty good flavour profile, good depth and complexity. Being that this incorporates cold brew coffee, there should be cleaner, fruitier coffee notes but nonetheless this is my favourite Spinnakers brew of the 11 that I’ve tried.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #13 – Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #13

Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout – Phillips Brewing, 8% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

I had to replace the 341ml with a 650ml-bomber; it got drank sometime.

on the front-right label:

“Anubis is your guide through the dark depths of this Java laden journey, featuring a deep black coffee crema and an intensely rich & roasted character. Methodically crafted with only the best espresso, this one-eyed jackal is no wild card.”

  • Style: (coffee) Flavoured Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Slick sweet thick roasted coffee malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth one go, though not the bestest

Visual: Pours jet black with a very small disappearing head, thin hazy micro retention.

Nose: sweet malty burnt roasted coffee. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: slick-fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: more bubbly mouthfeel, (MAIN) roasted coffee, caramel malts, cola, hints of vanilla -> (lvl-6)-sweetness

Finish: subdued sour, light roast, chocolate malt burnt bittersweet.

Summary: Decent flavours, enjoyable. It feels a bit lacking in boldness; the mids end too quickly.

Darkside of the Stoke Coffee Stout – Mt. Begbie Brewing (Revelstoke, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Darkside of the Stoke Coffee Stout – Mt. Begbie Brewing, 4.8% ABV – 650ml, (Revelstoke, BC, Canada)

On the front-side label:

“A sinister blend of roasted malts combined with REVELSTOKE’S STOKE ROASTED COFFEE yields a complex rich flavour that can only be found on the darkside.”

  • Style: (Coffee) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste: crispness -> bitter roast coffee/malts/cola -> roughness/med-bitter coffee finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 – 650ml., November 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Neat artwork but label and bottle seem a bit plain compared to what’s out there today. Ah well only $5. Pours cola black with virtually no head, super thin ringed retention, barely visible activity.

Nose: fresh deep roast coffee on the nose. (10)-aromatic  strength.

Attack: sharp crispness, incoming dark malts

Mid-palate: (5)-sweetness, medium coffee bitterness -> med-high coffee sourness, (MAIN) burnt-roasted coffee, malts (HINT) cola, licorice

Finish: (6)-palate roughness, fizzy/burpy, medium-bitter coffee finish.

Summary: This drinks like a chilled fizzy coffee-cola with a noticeable alcoholic kick. Overall an average brew that has a decent taste but lacks in texture and depth.(Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)