Darksnout Bacon Oatmeal Stout – R&B Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

TL:DR – “unexpected but controlled sour-tangy, good balanced compexity. Lots of smoke.”

Darksnout Bacon Oatmeal Stout – R&B Brewing Company, 5.4% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

on the front-right label:

“A delicious full bodied Oatmeal Stout with bacon. The use of smoked malt and house cured bacon from our friends at Cure gives this unusual beer a smoky, tangy edge.”

  • Style: (flavoured – bacon, bourbon barrel aged) Smoked Oatmeal Stout
  • Taste: hickory smoked sour dark fruit malt light bourbon
  • Where I got it : Firefly / Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 650 ml., July 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not really
  • What made an impression: tangy-sour, but controlled

Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Pours dark cola brown, soda-like dissipating fizzy top, small bubbles hugging the glass, very active soda-like streams. Looks like a I just poured myself a Coke.

Nose: hickory caramel malt, slight bourbon edge (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: prominent sourness, light-crisp, dull CO2

Mid-palate: persistent but controlled tangy-sourness, big smokiness, hint of savoury, mild tart, (lvl-4-sweetness), dark fruit malt

Finish: mild bourbon exhale, residual light smokiness

Summary: Somewhat of an acquired taste at first, the complexity and drinkability makes this rather interesting. It leans a bit too much on the sour side and falls a bit flat in the mouthfeel department. Decent, went down easy.

Enigma Kettle Sour – R&B Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Enigma Kettle Sour – R&B Brewing Co., 6.5% ABV – 18 IBUs, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

on the front label:

“A pleasantly tart kettle soured ale, dry hopped with enigma and galaxy hops and fermented with our favourite Belgian yeast strain. Dominant flavours are tropical fruits, pinot gris and citrus combined with subtle spicy yeast character.”

  • Style: Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Tart tangy peachy-mango sour off-dry light malt balanced
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.30 CAD (after 20% off) – 650 ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours clear light copper orange with a a large dissipating foamy head, a touch of lacing, clusters of steady streams.

Nose: fruity peachy-mango, slight hop grassy (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: tart-crisp, med-high sour, tingly CO2, tart fruity malt impression

Mid-palate: soft creamy CO2, persistent tart-sour, (lvl-2-sweetness), tangy peach-apricot, light barley malt

Finish: short subtle prickly spice, peachy hop exhale, puckery gums

Summary: Big tropical fruity tart sourness as advertised, balanced nicely and never too aggressive or cloying. Decent body and all around pleasant.

Double Devil Bourbon BA Imperial Pale Ale – R&B Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Double Devil 2012 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Pale Ale – R&B Brewing Co., 8.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-retired, no longer available

on the front-right label:

This brew is an extra strong take on our Red Devil Pale, conditioned for three months in bourbon barrels. Full flavoured and fruity, with a subtle touch of whiskey, it is a hearty and warming seasonal ale.”


  • Style: (Bourbon barrel aged) American Strong Ale
  • Taste: Boozy tangy bourbon toffee barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8 CAD (after 10% off) – 650 ml., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: n/a, no longer available

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). 2012 vintage. Pours light root beer brown with just a small head, ringed micro retention, loose clusters of steady streams.

Nose: bourbon-laced toffee barley malt, slight booziness. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: light slick-crisp, heavy sweet toffee malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-7-sweetness), boozy-tangy, bourbonized toffee barley malt, light background oak notes

Finish: cinnamon, cola, trace alcoholic heat, prominent residual heavy sweet malt

Summary: Quite boozy and heavy with some thinness/shortness of the malt body in the mids. Decent complexity.

Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA – R&B Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: D+

Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA – R&B Brewing, 6% ABV, 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the R&B Brewing website: (link may no longer be valid as this is a seasonal beer)

“Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA is named after agua fresca (“fresh water”), flavoured water and sugar drinks that are found throughout Mexico and other Central American and Caribbean countries. One popular version contains cucumber and mint, and according to the brewery, ‘the thought was that the cucumber mint IPA would be just as refreshing, if not more so.'”

Based on R&B’s Hoppelganger IPA, Birra Fresca is a 6% abv and 50 IBU IPA made using more than 200 organic cucumbers that were sourced locally along with the mint, (50 IBU, 6% ABV)

  • Style: (cucumber & mint) Flavoured IPA
  • Taste Profile: creamy crispness -> cucumber/spearmint/malty -> bitter hops/cucumber/rough bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off), September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours cloudy orange/brown with a very small head, sticky lacing, thin layer of micro CO2 retention, lots of activity.

Nose: fragrant grated cucumber and smashed mint (9/10-aromatic strength)

Attack: creamy/light fizzy mouthfeel, crispness

Mid-palate: (MAIN) cucumber, spearmint, malty (6/10-sweetness)

Finish: bitter hops, lingering cucumber, roughish palate finish mixed with vegetative bitterness.

Summary: Although I appreciated the effort and unique flavour combination, this one literally left a bad taste in my mouth. The finish is far too rough in a bitter way and the taste and texture themselves aren’t refined at all. Not worth satisfying your curiosity.

Hoppelganger IPA – R&B brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Hoppelganger India pale ale – R&B brewing, 6.0% ABV, (Vancouver, BC)

On the label:

“Rick and Barry (R&B) invite you to try our Hoppelganger India Pale Ale. We created our IPA for beer lovers who appreciate an assertively hopped brew. Well-balanced with a skillful combination of five hop varieties and premium English malt, Hoppelganger has the generous flavour and clean finish you have come to expect from our local Vancouver microbrewery. At more than 45 IBU’s this beer has a mild, hoppy aroma followed with aggressive hop bitterness… and is not for the faint of tongue. Enjoy this superior mystical brew at 10-12C.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C
  • Why it’s okay: drinkable
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $4.80 for 650ml, January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Nope
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Nope

Tasting notes: pours golden orange, thick sizable head, foamy retention, micro CO2, many CO2 streams. Tangerine and hops on the nose. Silky mouthfeel, creamy medium bitter orange up front, 5/10 sweetness, long lingering off-dry ipa finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, long length, decent carry. Similar flavour profile to Torpedo extra ipa but not as citrus fragrant or deep.