Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 1 – Red Racer No Friends (on a powder day) Vanilla Stout

  • My Rating: [B]

TL:DR – “tastes delicious but flat mouthfeel. Good.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 1 – Red Racer No Friends (on a powder day) Vanilla Stout, 5% ABV, 355 ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the back of the can:

“When fresh powder lines the slopes, no friend is worth waiting for. Same goes with this smooth, vanilla infused stout. Get rolling on this year’s 24 beers in style with the No Friends on a Powder Day.”

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, oats, hops, lactosevanilla, yeast.

also here’s a look at the 24-pack. Love the box.


  • Style: (vanilla, lactose) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste: sweet roast chocolate nutty vanilla roasted barley
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: enticing nose, easy drinking

Visual: plastic wrapped label on a can. Pours dark brown with a smallish dissipating head, no retention, a few micro bubbles on the surface, no activity. Uneventful.

Nose: caramel, vanilla, nutty roast barley. Very inviting. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: sweet roast

Mid-palate: chocolate malt, light milky, (lvl-5-sweetness), soft vanilla

Finish: roasted caramelized barley malt, nutty, subtle lingering roast bitterness.

Summary: Super easy vanilla roasty barley malt stout with some chocolaty notes. All that’s missing is a thick velvety creamy mouthfeel. This one is rather flat but at least it drinks good. A good start and hopefully the rest of the 23 days of brews will only get better.

Candy Bar Milk Stout – 4 Mile Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC, Canada) 

  • My Rating: [B]

Candy Bar Milk Stout – 4 Mile Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*)


Brewed with cacao nibs, peanut butter, vanilla beans and sea salt.


  • Style: (flavoured – cacao nibs, peanut butter, vanilla beans, lactose) Sweet stout
  • Taste: Soft sweet light bitter roast chocolate peanut butter light vanilla clean
  • Where I got it : BC iquor Stores
  • How much: $8.26 CAD – 650ml., December 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: identifiable ingredients

Visual: Pours jet black-brown without much of a head, soda-like activity

Nose: farty nuttiness, dark chocolate. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp, light tingly

Mid-palate: thicker mouthfeel, lactose milky, (lvl-5-sweetness), chocolate barley malt, bittersweet roast

Finish: peanut butter exhale, mild vanilla, lingering roasted malt

Summary: A delicious balance of flavours and textures with all the listed ingredients identifiable on the palate.

 

Omen Raspberry Stout – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA) 

Omen Belgian-Style Raspberry Stout 2015 (aka 12 Beers of Apocalypse #10 – Omen Belgian Raspberry Stout) – Elysian Brewing (AB-InBev), 7.9% ABV, 1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, Washington, USA)


printed on the front-right:

“Omen’s heavy body flutters at the window, combining the dark richness of stout, the brightness and tang of Washington raspberries and the heady flavors and aromas of a classic Belgian yeast.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – Raspberry) Sweet Stout
  • Taste: Bittersweet raspberry roasted barley malt cocoa
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $16.20 (after 10% off), February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: yes!
  • What made an impression: interesting combo raspberry-cocoa

Visual: (cellared for almost 2 years). Pours dark coffee brown with a dissipating 1cm head, sticky lacing, fine ringed retention with a large island, lots of micro streams near the surface.

Nose: woody barley malt, big raspberry overtones (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, subdued light sour

Mid-palate: almost creamy, clean juicy raspberry, deep roasted barley malt, (lvl-4-sweetness), cocoa

Finish: brown sugar-molasses, mild bittersweet vanilla, mild tartness

Summary: Clean entry and great balance from start to finish. The raspberry flavour comes through 100% and is integrated well with the bittersweet malt. Extremely sippable and interesting, though I wished for a bit more creaminess and body in the mids as well as a touch more vanilla and coffee. ABV well-hidden.

 

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

Red Racer Smore Stout – Central City Brewers & Distillers, 6.0% ABV, 650 ml., (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


printed on the front-left label:

Like a delicious smore, this craft beer creation is infused with marshmallow flavour, chocolate, fall spice flavour and has a smooth, creamy centre.

Ingredients: water, malted barley, chocolate, vanilla, lactose, hops, spices, natural flavours.

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  • Style: (flavoured – chocolate, vanilla, lactose) Sweet Stout
  • Taste: Sweet nutmeg chocolate barley malt vanilla extract bittersweet dull profile
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 CAD – 650 ml., December 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: nope
  • What made an impression: big spices, dull flavour

Visual: Pours dark brown without much of a head, thin ringed retention w/ half island, several slow micro streams.

Nose: chocolate, vanilla sweet malt (lvl-8)-intensity

Attack: crisp-tingly, nutmeg

Mid-palate: toasted liquid barley malt, (lvl-5-sweetness), mild milky, chocolate malt

Finish: soft roasted bitter, vanilla extract, lingering bittersweet malt

Summary: A prominent but dull spice presence; The vanilla flavour is rather basic and tastes of the inexpensive extract variety. The malt backbone lacks length and carry but the overall spice + malt combo is at least drinkable, although not the least bit memorable. It has a bit of lingering and compounding astringency – this beer doesn’t taste at all like a s’more.

Oyster Stout – Upright Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)

Oyster Stout (a stout brewed with oysters) – Upright Brewing, 6.25% ABV, 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz. (Portland, Oregon, USA)


info from ratebeer.com:

Collaboration with Jason McAdam. A distinctly full-bodied and creamy stout with a touch of brine on the finish.

The “base” beer is a strong (medium strength by most standards, 16.6 plato) stout. We used chocolate wheat instead of the usual barley version along with a pinch of rolled rye.

In the end we decided to add roughly ten gallons of oyster “liquor” that Jason picked up fresh from the coast off a train. We didn’t want to brew an oyster stout without any oyster meat though so we also picked up eight dozen DeCourcy oysters from B.C. and cooked them during the kettle boil. After eating all the wort-soaked meat we cleaned and saved the shells to add later to the beer, post fermentation, like dryhopping.”


  • Style: (flavoured – oyster) Stout
  • Taste: Rich dark malt sweet molasses dark fruit mocha roast
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep
  • What left an impression: rich, lengthy body

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Hefty bottle. Pours jet black-brown with a small 1mm head, a thin layer of bubbly retention, barely visible scattered micro slow streams.

Nose: dark fruity malts (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: creamy-crisp-thicker, sweet dark malt impression

Mid-palate: milky-creamy mocha, (lvl-5-sweetness), sweet roasted dark malt, oyster-fishy sour undertones, molasses-dark fruit, nutty

Finish: roasted coffee exhale, lingering bittersweet malty roast

Summary: A very bold and rich sweet stout with big dark fruit and roasted coffee notes, with the oysters seeming to add creamy depth a touch of salty-sour backdrop to an excellent base.

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.

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.

Salted Caramel Stout – Breakside Brewery (Portland, OR, USA)

Salted Caramel Stout – Breakside Brewery, 6.7% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


from ratebeer.com:

A dessert stout brewed with lactose caramel and fleur de sel, inspired by our friends Tyler & Kim Malek at Salt & Straw. Tyler has been working on perfecting a lactose caramel syrup that mimics the flavor in his sea salt and caramel ice cream. After a few test blends, we’re worried that this might be the most addictive dessert beer ever made.


  • Style: (flavoured – salt, caramel) Stout
  • Taste: Medium sweet caramel light roasted barley malt subtle salt-caramel
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $9.42 CAD – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., February 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: for sure

Visual: Pours ultra dark brown with a creamy 2cm frothy head, sticky lacing, a thin layer of fine retention, singular fast as well as clustered steady micro streams.

Nose: initially light plasticky; sweet roasted barley malt (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp-creamy-thicker, sweet roasted malt impression

Mid-palate: liquid light roasted barley malt, (lvl-5-sweetness), background balanced stout sour, cascading creaminess, subtle alcohol detection

Finish: slight dark caramel, traces of salt, chocolate, smooth and clean bittersweet light roast

Summary: Extremely drinkable with subtle caramel and even subtler salt and bittersweetness to augment the main stout body. Wished for some vanilla to put it over the top. Still great.

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.

Neapolitan Milk Stout – Saugatuck Brewing Co. (Douglas, MI, USA)

Neapolitan Milk Stout – Saugatuck Brewing Company, 6.0% ABV, 650 ml., (Douglas, Michigan, USA)


description from the Saugatuckbrewing website:

“A perfect blend of classic dry stout character with brilliant flavors of Neapolitan Ice Cream. Experience the nostalgic flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry all in one glass – because sometimes ice cream just isn’t enough.”


  • Style: (flavoured – natural and artificial strawberry-vanilla-chocolate) Stout
  • Taste: Distinct yet artificial strawberry-vanilla-cocoa roasted barley malt cloying plasticky
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.05 (after 20% off) – 650 ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: gimmicky, at your own peril

Visual: Pours very dark brown with no real head, thin ringed retention, steady streams all around.

Nose: artificial strawberry ice cream, vanilla, subtle malts. Candyesque, but appetizing. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp, light slick

Mid-palate: aromatic artificial strawberry, long (lvl-7-sweetness)-slight cloying, roasted barley malt

Finish: dark cocoa notes, vanilla extract, lingering plastic artificiality

Summary: Definitely a unique flavour that grabs your attention with the first sip, much like their blueberry maple stout. It does however become very predictable and cloying halfway through. Not a ton of depth but the transitions are decent. I can confidently say I won’t be having another one of these. Artificiality overload.