Winter White Stout – Steamworks Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Winter White Stout – Steamworks Brewing Company, 5.1% ABV – 33 IBU, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


Malts: Maris Otter, Flaked Barley, Flaked & Golden Naked Oats

Hops: Fuggles, Golding, WGB

Unique: Cacao & Coffee Beans

Colour: Caramel

IBU’s: 33

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  • Style: (cacao bean, coffee bean, oats) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Astringent sour roast coffee thin barley malt dry cacao subtle bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.15 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: (cellared for 1 year) Pours clear golden orange with no head, just a very small spotty island and few uneventful bubbles here and there, large bits of sediment in the 2nd pour. Uninspiring.

Nose: roasted coffee, mild cacao notes, (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thicker mouthfeel, crisp, off-dry coffee malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), background sour coffee bean, resiny metallic hopped, grainy barley malt

Finish: dry cacao-chocolate, residual light tangy sour barley malt, subtle lingering bitter hops

Summary: Not quite the stout I was expecting. I find the sourish roast coffee notes not meshing smoothly with the t00 light of a barley malt base, making it taste like a harsh cold brew coffee. Just a bit above average, better coffee ales out there.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2016 – Steamworks Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout – Steamworks Brewing Company, 9.5% ABV – 60 IBU, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


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“Aged in Tennessee Bourbon Barrels, this powerful Imperial Stout pours near black with a thick tan head at 60 IBU’s. Perfect for immediate enjoyment or further maturing.”

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  • Style: (Tennessee bourbon barrel aged) Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Harsh alcoholic heavy vanilla bourbon roasted barley malt chocolate
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $16 CAD – 650ml., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not worth $ for a local brew

Visual: Pours jet black with a super-INFINITY-lasting 2cm frothy head, great micro foamy retention, thick sticky lacing, superfine micro clusters of activity. Visually, a masterpiece.

Nose: deep thick and sweet caramelized barley malt, vanilla overtones. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thick-creamy crisp bite, heavy alcoholic malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-8-sweetness), bittersweet roasted barley malt, alcoholic numbing heavy, woody caramel, vanilla, chocolate

Finish: bourbon exhaled alcoholic heat, residual light roasted sweet caramel malt

Summary: Drinks full flavoured at 13°C and warmer. A pretty harsh heavy alcoholic sweet front but the vanilla-oak flavours from the bourbon barrel aging are actually quite nice. Not quite balanced/elegantly round enough to be great, too jagged at the entry. Also not worth the $16 CAD (for a local beer) as other people have noted.

Wheat Ale – Steamworks Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Wheat Ale – Steamworks Brewing Company, 5% ABV – 8 IBU, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


Ingredients: Pilsner, wheat, oats, mt hood hops, coriander, orange peel.

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  • Style: (flavoured – coriander, orange peel) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Thin/weak sweet barley malt light wheat rough finish
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: what?

Visual: (Cellared for 4 years). Pours clear pale orange with a small 1mm dissipating head, ringed retention and a hazy layer of micro bubbles, , lots of singular steady streams.

Nose: low sweetness filtered apple juice, lager barley malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite

Mid-palate: tingly-fizzy, pils barley malt, red apple, (lvl-4-sweetness), background light wheat malt

Finish: wheat malt and coriander dry palate roughness, thin finish.

Summary: Crisp and clean, that’s about it. Thin-bodied, weak wheat malt profile, not much going on here to be honest. Disappointing.

Frambozen – Steamworks Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Frambozen Raspberry Ale – Steamworks Brewing Company, 7% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


Ingredients: water, malt, raspberry concentrate, hops, yeast

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  • Style: (flavoured – Raspberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Fruity sweet tangy raspberry juice brown sugar malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (Cellared for 4 years). Pours magenta brown without a head, small islands, slow singular micro CO2 streams.

Nose: luscious tangy-sweet raspberry juice. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: micro fizzy-half crisp

Mid-palate: tangy-sweet raspberry juice, brown sugar barley malts, (lvl-7-sweetness)

Finish: bittersweet malty deep exhale, subtly tart

Summary: I particularly like the cleanliness of raspberry flavour as well as the balanced malty backbone. Not too aggressively sour, tart, or funky, just a tad sweet. Good drinkability for a 7%.

Hop Attack! Fresh Hop IPA – Steamworks Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Hop Attack! Fresh Hop IPA – Steamworks Brewing Co. & Sartori Hop Farm Collaboration, 6% ABV, 650ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local beer*)

Ingredients: water, Gambrinus Pale Malt & Honey Malt, Sartori Nugget & Centennial Hops, yeast.

  • Style: Wet Hop IPA
  • Taste: Cream fizzy barley malt mild orange/grapefruit
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $7 (after 7.5% off) – 650ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: drinkable and forgettable

Visual: Generic collab bottle wrapped in paper label. Pours pale marmalade orange without much head, barely any retention, sporadic fast bubbles.

Nose: orange citrus, barley malt, trace funk (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: slick oily-light tingly CO2

Mid-palate: half-cream-fizzy, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) soft orange-grapefruit citrus, liquid barley malt

Finish: gentle bitter hops, bittersweet malt, short finish.

Summary: Pretty smooth, all around decent flavour, albeit somewhat basic. Wished for a bit more in the backend.

Killer Cucumber Ale – Steamworks Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Killer Cucumber Ale – Steamworks Brewing Co., 5.2% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local beer*)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, cucumber, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: (cucumber) Flavoured Ale
  • Taste: Crisp sweet barley cucumber malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12.50 – 6x355ml., May 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: possibly, but doubtful
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: easy drinking

Visual: 6x355ml pack. Pours golden orange amber without much head, a very thin layer of micro bubbles, just a few slow micro streams.

Nose: sweet blonde ale malts, a touch of elderflower perfume. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) clean cucumber, sweet barley malt,

Finish: soft non-lingering bitter hops, barley malt exhale, somewhat thin finish.

Summary: It won’t blow your socks off, but it certainly has a unique profile that works. Goes well with cucumbers as you’d expect.