Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout – Moody Ales (Port Moody, BC, Canada)

Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout – Moody Ales, 5.8% ABV – 38 IBU, 650ml., (Port Moody, BC, Canada) (*local craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“Some say the only ingredients in beer should be barley, hops, yeast, and water. We say, the more the merrier. The Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is brewed with chocolate malt and cocoa, then conditioned on cocoa nibs for an intense chocolate flavour. Toasted oats contribute a baked oatmeal cookie aroma. A perfect treat right before bed.”

Grains: Maris Otter, Chocolate, Crystal 60, Flaked Oats, Carafa Special II

Hops: East Kent goldings, Fuggles

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  • Style: (flavoured – cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, lactose)
    Oatmeal Stout
  • Taste: Sharp crisp metallic chocolate malt dry cocoa roasted bitter malt disjointed transitions
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.45 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, not refined

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Pours jet black with a sizeable frothy 2cm slowly dissipating head, 2mm creamy retention, a bit of lacing, very active scattered micro streams.

Nose: cocoa powder malt, cocoa nib nutty, toasted-slight burnt toffee biscuit (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp, full-tingly, subdued sour background

Mid-palate: metallic oaty chocolate malt, mild milkiness, (lvl-4-sweetness), dry cocoa base, soft toasted bitter barley malt

Finish: residual dark cocoa, lingering roasted dark malt

Summary: Decent dark roast chocolaty flavour but somewhat marred by a metallic sharpness. The oats and lactose don’t seem to create enough of a creamy silkiness to complement the cocoa, which itself isn’t too spectacular. Drinkable, but the transitions lack finesse and are chaotic to the palate.

Smouldering Smoked Porter – Moody Ales (Port Moody, BC, Canada)


Smoulder Smoked Porter – Moody Ales, 6.9% ABV – 19 IBU, 650ml., (Port Moody, BC, Canada) (*local craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“Ever wanted to drink the char marks on a steak? Now you can! Our Smouldering Smoked Porter contains copious amounts of beechwood smoked malts and is fermented with a clean yeast to showcase the smoky aromas of barbecued meats and wood fire. It is equally well suited to the summer, where it pairs well with charred red meat, and the winter, where it pairs well with the fireplace.”

Grains: pale malt, crystal 40, crystal 80, chocolate, black patent, beechwood smoked malt

Hops: willamette, East Kent goldings

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  • Style: (beechwood) Smoked Porter
  • Taste: Straightforward sweet smoked soft roast bittersweet barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.60 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent but not exciting

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours a very dark brown with a massive super creamy thick head, ultra tight clusters of active small streams. Awesome.

Nose: sweet, clean beechwood smoked malts (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thinner body, medium sweet light smoked malt entry

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), stealth background light sour, light bittersweet woody roast barley malt,

Finish: medium-heavy smoked malt exhale, light char

Summary: The smokiness is certainly there, and it’s nice that it is controlled and sippable. There isn’t much complexity or depth to the thinnish body though; each sip is pretty much the same and there’s not a whole lot to explore. ABV well-hidden, solid, but predictable.

Intrepid Matcha Saison – Moody Ales (Port Moody, BC, Canada)

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Intrepid Matcha Saison – Moody Ales, 6.9% ABV – 35 IBU, 650ml., (Port Moody, BC, Canada) (*local craft beer*)


on the back label:

“Moody Ales is proud of our homebrewing roots – that’s why we regularly serve beers inspired by the local homebrew recipes in our tasting room. When local homebrewer Steve Sheldon shared his Lemon Matcha Saison with us, we knew we had to share it with as many beer lovers as we could. Intrepid Matcha Saison is the result of this collaboration. Crisp, refreshing, earthy, spicy, unique – this beer is a celebration of homebrewed creativity.”


  • Style: (Lemon, Matcha) Flavoured Saison
  • Taste: Lemony bright banana wheat malt only green tea hints throughout
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $6.75 (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pass

Visual: Pours egg custard yellow with a small diminishing head, a micro layer of retention, clusters of very active streams.

Nose: light funk, sour wheat malt, hint of lemon juice. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp-lively CO2, acidic brightness

Mid-palate: med sour, light tart, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) pukey funk, lemon, banana wheat malt

Finish: green tea bitter & dryness, light lemon and wheat malt dry finish.

Summary: It’s an okay crisp brew, but mostly wheat malt dominant with some lemon up front and subtle matcha in the background; Neither make a huge impression. Just average.

Sublime Pineapple Hefeweizen – Moody Ales (Port Moody, BC, Canada)

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Sublime Pineapple Hefeweizen – Moody Ales, 4.8% ABV, 650ml., (Port Moody, BC, Canada) (*local craft beer*)

on the back label:

“Mix together German yeast, American hops, and pineapple juice and it adds up to sunshine. That’s beer math. But enough studying for today – it’s summertime. This beer may be cloudy, but the weather isn’t, so go outside, enjoy the sun, and cool down with this sessionable, fruity, refreshing brew.

Moody Ales is a craft brewery in Port Moody, British Columbia. We are doing the same thing as when we were homebrewing – making the beer we want to drink. We hope you enjoy this brew as much as we do. Cheers.”

  • Style: (Pineapple Hefeweizen) Flavoured Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Acidic sour pukey lemon banana wheat malt dry hoppy bitter
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $6.75 (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: forget it

Visual: Pours clear light yellow with a decent foamy dissipating head, a thin layer of retention, micro lacing, scatter bubbles but no streams.

Nose: pineapple pukey, banana wheat malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-sour, bubbly-fizzy

Mid-palate: persistent sour acidity, (lvl-2)-sweetness, (MAIN) pukey, lemon, clove, banana wheat malts

Finish: dry hoppy bitterness, rough dry wheat malt finish.

Summary: Very sour, pukey and palate rough almost from start to finish. Barely drinkable with disagreeable flavours and texture. Other local craft brews such as Tree Brewing’s Mellow Moon and Whistler Brewing’s Pineapple Express Wheat are loads better. Refreshing? I think not.