Java the Hut Coffee Milk Stout- Fernie Brewing Co. (Fernie, BC, Canada)

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Java the Hut Coffee Milk Stout – Fernie Brewing Co., 5% ABV, 650ml, (Fernie, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


  • Style: (flavoured – coffee) Stout
  • Taste: Sweet dark roast barley malt dull coffee very light milk
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.40 – 650ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours jet black without a significant head, ringed micro retention, lots of active micro streams.

Nose: cola, dull roast coffee, ie not fresh roast. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: slick-thicker, soft-crisp

Mid-palate: background light sour, (lvl-4-sweetness), dark roasted barley malt, light milky

Finish: light burnt bitter, medium roasty coffee exhale, dark chocolate.

Summary: Okay dark stout notes, muddled coffee tones, not a whole lot of milky character. Forgettable, just average.

Kickstand Honey Kolsch – Fernie Brewing Co. (Fernie, BC, Canada)

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Kickstand Honey Kolsch – Fernie Brewing Co., 4.8% ABV, 650ml, (Fernie, BC, Canada)


  • Style: (honey) Kölsch
  • Taste: Berry thin sweet honey malt astringent acidity soft bitter hopped
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 – 650ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours pale orange with a very small head, a super thin hazy layer of retention, steady streams.

Nose: honey barley malts, hints of berries. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-micro fizzy, incoming berry maltiness

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-rounded sweetness, (MAIN) strawberry/raspberry, honey, sweet malt -> astringent tangy acidity

Finish: lingering sour-tangy, soft bitter hops, berry malt off-dry finish.

Summary: Drinks decently with an unexpected berry note to it. Not a whole lot of depth to it though and a bit thin in the mids and finish.

Pumpkin Head – Fernie Brewing (BC, Canada) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [C+, same as before],  I gave it a (3.0 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Pumpkin Head (Pumpkin Brown Ale) – Fernie Brewing, 5% ABV, 650ml, (Fernie, BC, Canada)

-I found this one in the back of the cellar, been sitting in there for over 3 years. Pretty random re-tasting, just though I’d finish it.

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  • Style: (pumpkin) Spiced Brown Ale
  • Taste: Tingly cinnamon/nutmeg/clove spiced root beer cola malty sweet
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 – 650ml., October 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

 

(initially tasted October 2013):

Visual: Their label has undergone a transformation since the last time I had this, which made me wonder if they changed their recipe. Wth, label changing DOES work… Pours beer bottle brown without much head or retention, a few slow streams surfacing along the side of the glass.

Nose: brown sugar caramel malts with hints of cinnamon. (5)-aromatic strength.

Attack: light fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: cola medium (6)-sweetness, (MAIN) cola, brown sugar malts, (HINT) sarsaparilla,

Finish: coriander dryness, traces of (2)-clove, crisp sweet-toffee malt finish.

Summary: The spices are definitely there in this quite drinkable brew. It tastes mainly like a cola but with a creeper alcoholic kick and detectable pumpkin-seasonal spice notes. Overall decent but not addictive. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)


 

January 29, 2016 tasting notes:

Visual: (old label). Pours cola brown without much of a head, thin ringed retention, lots and lots of steady streams.

Nose: Huge spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toasted caramel malty background. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp, half fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: cola sticky, (lvl-6)-sweetness, more tingly, (MAIN) cinnamon, root beer, cola caramel malty, nutmeg

Finish: clove, mild palate roughness, thin body residual malty finish

Summary: Very engaging nose filled with a wholesome spiced aroma. Drinks like a spiced cola/root beer with a touch of hops and barley, finishing too thin bodied.

Lone Wolf IPA – Fernie Brewing (Fernie, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

Lone Wolf IPA – Fernie Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 650ml., (Fernie, BC, Canada)

from ratebeer.com:

“After many a request, plea, rally and occasional riot, Fernie Brewing has succumbed to the needs of the people. May we present to you our Lone Wolf IPA. A new 650ml product, this IPA has four select malts in combination with four classic hop varieties & time honored traditional brewing methods including dry hopping, resulting in a golden ale with exceptional flavour & complexity. A true IPA in every sense.”

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Softly bitter grapefruit hopped, brown sugar malts
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 – 650ml., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Pours clear maple syrup orange/brown with minimal creamy head, thin layer of retention, some lacing, countless active streams.

Nose: sweet malts with a bit of honey and brown sugar (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: sharp-crisp hoppy bittersweetness

Mid-palate: cream-fizzy mouthfeel, (lvl-7)-malty sweetness, (MAIN) malts, brown sugar, honey, mild grapefruit

Finish: subtle bitter-hopped attack, lingering brown sugar malted hopped finish.

Summary: A rather softly hopped IPA and more on the sweet side. Drinkable and enjoyable, although it lacks some character.

Pumpkin Head – Fernie Brewing (Fernie, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Pumpkin Head (Pumpkin Brown Ale) – Fernie Brewing, 5% ABV, 650ml, (Fernie, BC, Canada)

Ingredients on the front side label: water, malted barley, hops, yeast, ORGANIC PUMPKIN,CINNAMON, NUTMEG, CORIANDER, CLOVE, ALLSPICE.

  • Style: (seasonal, pumpkin) Spiced Ale
  • Taste Profile: fizzy toffee malt -> cola/brown sugar/sarsaparilla -> coriander/clove/crisp sweet toffee finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.60 – 650ml, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, it’s only okay

Visual: Their label has undergone a transformation since the last time I had this, which made me wonder if they changed their recipe. Wth, label changing DOES work… Pours beer bottle brown without much head or retention, a few slow streams surfacing along the side of the glass.

Nose: brown sugar caramel malts with hints of cinnamon. (5)-aromatic strength.

Attack: light fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: cola medium (6)-sweetness, (MAIN) cola, brown sugar malts, (HINT) sarsaparilla,

Finish: coriander dryness, traces of (2)-clove, crisp sweet-toffee malt finish.

Summary: The spices are definitely there in this quite drinkable brew. It tastes mainly like a cola but with a creeper alcoholic kick and detectable pumpkin-seasonal spice notes. Overall decent but not addictive. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Sap Sucker Maple Porter – Fernie Brewing (Canada)

Sap Sucker Maple Porter – Fernie Brewing, 5.5% ABV, (Fernie, BC)

On the side label:

“You love it with pancakes or porridge, so why not porter? Our unique and flavourful maple porter uses maple syrup, brewed to create a darkly delicious and truly Canadian taste, perfect for any occasion.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I kinda like it: fruity coffee and mildly roasted malts
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 for a 650ml, Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours onyx black, decent thick 1cm head with sticky lacing all around, almost invisible CO2 streams. Minor malted coffee on the nose. Huge torrent of fruity coffee up front, followed by mellowed nutty roasted malts with only a very minor hint of maple syrup. The maple is kind of in the background during the whole experience, but not prominent enough to discern. Finishes mildly sour 6/10 coffee bitter, but overall crisp and clean. Coffee on the exhale. Medium complexity, medium depth, low-medium length, low-medium carry. Overall a good session beer but no WOW factor to keep me coming back for a 2nd.