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.

Coco Nuts Porter – Russell Brewing Co. (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Coco Nuts Porter – Russell Brewing Company, 5.5% ABV – 50 IBUs, 650ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*, seasonal)


on the front-left label:

“Why not celebrate a little winter cheer with a tropical delight? Russell Brewing Company has gone coco for Coconut Porter. Subtle sweet notes of those palm tree eggs are put into the brew at just the right time and combined with light carbonation, we have, as they say. NAILED IT!”

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  • Style: (flavoured – coconut) Porter
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  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 – 650ml., Winter 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados:

Visual: Pours jet black without much of a head, thin ringed retention, fine wet lacing, barely visible fast clustered streams.

Nose: sweet medium roasted barley malt, slight burnt brown sugar (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp, tingly-fizzy bite

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, background soft sour, thinnish mouthfeel, roasted barley malt

Finish: lingering slight sourness,  subtle coconut exhale, residual clean roasted barley malt

Summary: Mainly roasted barley malt with some coconut and a bit of brown sugar and coffee notes. I found myself able to constantly sip this since the overall balance of flavour was there, but the depth and fullness of body is lacking.

Happy Jack Pumpkin Ale – Russell Brewing Co. (Surrey, BC, Canada)

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Happy Jack Pumpkin Ale – Russell Brewing Company, 5.5% ABV – 25 IBUs, 650ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*, seasonal)


-It’s been little over a year since I’ve had a Russell brew. I’m looking forward to this one, it being oaked and spiced, both of which are my favourite styles.

printed on the front-left label:

“A wonderfully balanced Pumpkin Ale, with a hint of oak an spices, make this refreshing beer ideal to share with friends. Single-batch brewed with real pumpkin, whole spices and aged with oak….”

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  • Style: (pumpkin, spices, oak-aged) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Predominantly malty mild cinnamon nutmeg thin finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no move along

Visual: Pours clear copper reddish-brown without much head, micro-fine retention, huge amounts of activity including a large cluster near the handle.

Nose: brown sugar malts, grapefruit hop backend. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-sweet-creamy mouthfeel, hint of hoppy bitterness

Mid-palate: creaminess continued, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar malts

Finish: sweet carry, subtle soft grapefruit bitter hops, light toasted caramel malt off-dry clean finish.

Summary: All around smooth with very good transitions. I’m surprised at the excellent drinkability in that there’s a great balance of sweet, creamy, bitter and alcohol.