Cold Smoke Smoked Porter – Mt Begbie Brewing Co. (Revelstoke, BC, Canada)

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Cold Smoke Smoked Porter – Mt Begbie Brewing Co., 6.5% ABV, 650ml., (Revelstoke, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


printed on the front-left label:

“Dry powder snow hanging in the air like ‘Cold Smoke’. It’s the ultimate winter-sport fantasy, and the reason people from all over the globe flock to BC each winter. Hop into this Beechwood smoked rich malty Porter – the only friend you need on a powder day!”

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  • Style: Smoked (Porter)
  • Taste: Toffee-caramel barley malt light smoke becomes cloying-heavy
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 CAD – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours beer bottle brown with a smallish dissipating head, ringed and island retention, fast singular streams here and there.

Nose: sweet toffee barley malt, a little booze and a little smoke. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming dense sweetness

Mid-palate: toffee/caramel barley malt, background alcoholic tang, borderline heavy (lvl-7-sweet)

Finish: mildly astringent soft woody smoke exhale, lingering sweet barley malts, subtle

Summary: Big caramel toffee sweetness with just a bit of smoke. It becomes cloying, somewhat heavy, and linear halfway through.

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)

Nasty Habit IPA – Mt. Begbie Brewing (Revelstoke, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Nasty Habit IPA – Mt. Begbie Brewing, 6.0% ABV – 650ml, (Revelstoke, BC, Canada)

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste Profile: med sweet creamy -> very sharp dry bitter hops/grapefruit/orange peel -> lingering bitter hoppy finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5, April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not really

Tasting notes: pours a nice clear copper orange with a small head and thin retention, almost no activity. Strong citrus malts and sour hops on the nose.

Attack: 5/10-sweetness, light creamy

Mid-palate: very sharp bitter, dryness, bitter hops, orange peel, grapefruit with pith

Finish: lingering hoppy bitter, mild gasoline, not the cleanest finish.

Quite sharp bitter grapefruity hops on this one. Not the most gentle of IPAs, beware.

Bob’s Your Dunkel – Mt. Begbie Brewing (Canada)

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  • My Rating: B

Bob’s Your Dunkel – Mt. Begbie Brewing, 8.0% ABV – 650ml, (Revelstoke, BC, Canada)

On the front label:

“All it takes is heaps of wheat, chocolate, munich malt, pure mountain water, a little hops, and a traditional German yeast and ‘Bob’s your Uncle Dunkelweizen’. It’s just that simple! (Did we forget to mention it’s unfiltered with great clove characteristics?)”

  • Style: Dunkelweizen (weizenbock)
  • Taste Profile: sweet creamy/silk -> malt/brown sugar/caramel/bourbon/banana/vanilla -> light bittersweet clean finish.
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey
  • How much: ~$8, March 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: Gotta support local breweries! Might as well eh, since we don’t get too much stuff from south of the border here on the west coast of Canada. Pours a nice med-dark copper brown with a smallish head, thin foamy retention, some slow streams. Sweet med-dark caramel malts on the nose – sweet and inviting.

Attack: burst of 8/10-sweetness, creamy/foamy nice silky mouthfeel

Mid-palate: sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, mild woodiness, light bourbon/wood, light banana/vanilla

Finish: mild candied-sweetness, light-med malty bitter, clean & crisp

I like it. Alcohol takes a backseat or even the trunk as the malt/caramel/bourbon ride shotgun. Great balance and drinkability.