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 2015 Day #4 – Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout (re-tasting)

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #4

  • My Rating: [B-, downgraded from B],  I gave it a (3.3 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout – Phillips Brewing, 8.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-I had this one just 2 weeks ago as part of the 2014 Snowcase Calendar. IRC I liked it.


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: Burnt coffee cola soy malt dark chocolate bitter
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

(2015-11-19 tasting): 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.


[December 6, 2015 re-tasting]:

Nose: aromatic freshly roasted coffee beans, light coffee acidity. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: slick-half oily, crisp, incoming malts

Mid-palate: watery mouthfeel, (lvl-5)-sweetness, medium sourness, (MAIN) burnt roasted coffee, cola, brown sugar malts

Finish: soy sauce, dark chocolate bitterness.

Summary: The second time around it feels like it needs more body and creaminess in the mids. Also not particularly liking the coffee sourness. Downgraded from 3.5 rating.

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.