Kaffee Coffee Blonde – Steel & Oak Brewing Co. (New Westminster, BC, Canada)

Kaffee Coffee Blonde – Steel & Oak Brewing Company, 5.1% ABV – 17 IBU, 650ml., (New Westminster, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the front-right label:

“Locally roasted coffee, sourced from small holder farmers in Ethiopia’s Guji Sidama region, provides a rich yet delicate floral aroma with notes of brown sugar, grapefruit and caramel. A German malt base provides a crisp finish and a subtle biscuit flavour which plays with the wondrous coca and roasted flavours that the coffee provides.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – Coffee) Blonde Ale
  • Taste: Grainy biscuity nutty coffee dull basic barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7.50 CAD – 650ml., August 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: (Guji Sidama region coffee bean edition) Pours clear golden yellow with a 3cm dissipating head, ringed retention, loose mix of slow and  and fast streams.

Nose: cacao-y nutty light roast coffee beans, background farty barley malt (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, light frothy CO2, light coffee malty impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), cocoa caramel nutty coffee, basic-thin liquid barley malt

Finish: hints of brown sugar, lingering biscuity grainy barley malt

Summary: The coffee flavour provides a good burst of flavour from the start to the mids but after that the barley malt base is just too basic and dull to carry it. The result is a beer that is decent at the start but falls flat by the end. A bit above average, but I’d still have a Rogue Cold Brew IPA [B+] if I wanted a non-stout coffee beer.

Coorinna (Saison) – Steel & Oak Brewing Co. (New Westminster, BC, Canada)

Coorinna, Oceanic inspired saison – Steel & Oak Brewing Company, 4.8% ABV – 21 IBU, 650ml., (New Westminster, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the front-right label:

“Wild harvested Tasmanian pepperberries and a collection of New Zealand hop varietals contribute notes of fresh cracked pepper, citrus, tropical fruit, lime and lemon zest to this oceanic inspired saison. Finishing crisp and dry with a touch of spice. Bottled on 20 June 2017.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – Tasmanian pepperberries) Saison
  • Taste: Trace pepper mainly banana lemon wheat malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7 CAD – 650ml., July 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours dirty yellow peach with a slowly dissipating foamy 1cm head, sticky lacing, barely visible micro streams.

Nose: lemony banana wheat malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, citrusy wheat malt impression

Mid-palate: hints of pepper, short tang-mild funk, (lvl-3-sweetness), lemony-banana wheat malt, slight custard

Finish: wheat malt dry, subtle low bitter hop

Summary: Smooth and drinkable but the I don’t find the Tasmanian pepperberries having much of an impact nor the NZ hops. Medium bodied and nothing really stands out about this one despite the unique ingredients. A bit above average.

Beechwood Smoked Honey Doppelbock – Steel & Oak Brewing Co. (New Westminster, BC, Canada)

Beechwood Smoked Honey Doppelbock – Steel & Oak Brewing Company, 7.9% ABV – 20 IBU, 650ml., (New Westminster, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the front-right label:

Honey and Beechwood Smoked Malt add further depth to this already complex strong German style lager. The Steel & Oak Smoked Honey Doppelbock is best enjoyed while seated in a leather chair with your feet up on a rich mahogany coffee table.

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  • Style: (flavoured – BC organic honey, beechwood smoked) Doppelbock
  • Taste: Heavy barley malt forward sweet honey smoked woody
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $6.95 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 650ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good stuff

Visual: Pours clear orange copper with a small 1cm dissipating head, fine micro CO2 ringed retention and spotty island retention, loose clusters of micro steady streams.

Nose: metallic honey, sweet toasty barley malt with just a hint of smoke (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thicker-crisp bite-slick, alcohol presence

Mid-palate: micro CO2 entry, toasty caramelized barley malt, (lvl-6-sweetness), alcoholic heavy, honey, subtle hops

Finish: woody residual barley malts, smoky exhale

Summary: A very smoothly crafted and balanced brew of sweet honeyed barley malt with just enough smoke and hops in the mids to finish. All flavours are there as advertised; the ABV is quite well-hidden and hits stealth. 2/3 through it drinks predictable – the mids could could use more body and depth. Pleasantly sipped.