Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 1 – Red Racer No Friends (on a powder day) Vanilla Stout

  • My Rating: [B]

TL:DR – “tastes delicious but flat mouthfeel. Good.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 1 – Red Racer No Friends (on a powder day) Vanilla Stout, 5% ABV, 355 ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the back of the can:

“When fresh powder lines the slopes, no friend is worth waiting for. Same goes with this smooth, vanilla infused stout. Get rolling on this year’s 24 beers in style with the No Friends on a Powder Day.”

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, oats, hops, lactosevanilla, yeast.

also here’s a look at the 24-pack. Love the box.


  • Style: (vanilla, lactose) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste: sweet roast chocolate nutty vanilla roasted barley
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: enticing nose, easy drinking

Visual: plastic wrapped label on a can. Pours dark brown with a smallish dissipating head, no retention, a few micro bubbles on the surface, no activity. Uneventful.

Nose: caramel, vanilla, nutty roast barley. Very inviting. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: sweet roast

Mid-palate: chocolate malt, light milky, (lvl-5-sweetness), soft vanilla

Finish: roasted caramelized barley malt, nutty, subtle lingering roast bitterness.

Summary: Super easy vanilla roasty barley malt stout with some chocolaty notes. All that’s missing is a thick velvety creamy mouthfeel. This one is rather flat but at least it drinks good. A good start and hopefully the rest of the 23 days of brews will only get better.

Aphrodisiaque – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel (St-Jerome, QC, Canada)

Aphrodisiaque – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel, 6.5% ABV, 330 ml., (St-Jerome, Quebec, Canada)


description from ratebeer.com:

Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.


  • Style: (flavoured – cocoa beans, vanilla beans) Stout
  • Taste: Cocoa nutty toasted barley malt long vanilla bittersweet
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey?
  • How much: $20? – 6 x 330ml., sometime in 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes!

Visual: (6-pack). Pours pitch black/brown without any real head, thin ringed retention with a medium island, barley visible steady nano-clusters along the inside perimeter.

Nose: vanilla’d molasses, caramel sweet rich barley malts. Slight nutty edge. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: light crisp, partially flat CO2

Mid-palate: molasses, (lvl-5)-sweetness, cola & root beer notes, sweet caramel barley malt

Finish: caramel’d toasted brown sugar, cocoa bean nutty, long vanilla charred malt hopped bittersweet hopped finish.

Summary: Fabulous. I probably sipped this one in record time. Delicious and engaging full flavours, rich complexity, clean finish. It could have used a bit more creaminess in the mouthfeel but a must try for stout lovers.

Seaport Vanilla Stout – Lighthouse Brewing (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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Seaport Vanilla Stout – Lighthouse Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)

on the front-right label:

“Seaport Vanilla Stouts blends seamlessly roast coffee and dark chocolate characters with the exotic flavour of pure vanilla.”

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  • Style: (Vanilla) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste: Caramel light roast cola light chocolate-light vanilla.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 – 650ml., December 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nothing special

Visual: Pours jet black with a small fine micro foamy head, a layer of superfine micro CO2, lots of fast streams around the perimeter.

Nose: vanilla + roasted sweet malts and cola. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp/half-slick mouthfeel, cola sweetness

Mid-palate: tingly, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel light roast malts, cola, chocolate, vanilla

Finish: cola caramel, vanilla exhale, clean finish.

Summary: Not super vanilla forward as the name might suggest, mainly caramel with vanilla as a sidekick. Somewhat thin and light on mouthfeel and body. Easy drinkability.

Sankt Gallen Stouts (Nagano, Japan)

Sankt Gallen Brewery Stouts

1) Imperial Chocolate Stout (2012), 47 IBU, 8.5% ABV, (Kanagawa, Japan)

On the front label:

“高温で丹念に焙煎した「チョコレートモルト」でほろ苦いビターチョコ風味を表現した黒ビールです。チョコレートモルトを含む全ての原料を通常黒ビールの2.5倍以上使用した、超濃厚なフルボディ。”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: Rich
  • Where I got it: Tokyo
  • How much: ¥500
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours almost jet black/brown, small head, small CO2, ringed and thin layered retention, half-runny lacing. Strong roasted coffee and malts on the nose. Buttery mouthfeel, rush of rich 80% cacao / half fresh roast coffee, 3/10 sweetness, very minor sour clean finish, long mellow bitter coating in the rear half of the mouth. High depth, medium complexity, excellent carry, long length, full-bodied. Loads of chocolate & coffee on the exhale. Extremely well executed beer; I’d give it a higher rating if I loved this style more.

2) Sweet Vanilla Stout (St. Valentine’s Day 2012), 28 IBU, 6.5% ABV, (Kanagawa, Japan)

On the front label:

“アロマホップの代わりに、パプアニューギニア産のバニラビーンズで甘く優しい香りを溶け込ませた黒ビールです。後味にはバニラチョコのような風味が残ります。通常より若干濃厚なミディア。”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: Very drinkable
  • Where I got it: Tokyo
  • How much: ¥500
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours coffee brown, sticky lacing, small head, thin retention, small and micro CO2. Lots of chocolate on the nose, some roasted coffee. 6/10 sweet aromatic chocolate mixed with roasted coffee and vanilla undertones. Great body up front but ends with a partially watery tingly carbonated finish. Medium-high depth, medium complexity, fair carry, long length. Overall quite polished but the finish is somewhat thin.

3) Orange Chocolate Stout (2012), 24 IBU, 6.5% ABV, (Kanagawa, Japan)

On the front label:

“オレンジの香るビターテイストの黒ビールです。「チョコレートモルト」を使用した芳醇な黒ビールにオレンジの爽やかな香りが華を添える。オレンジは果汁もピール(皮)も丸ごと使用しているため、飲んだ後の余韻にまで爽やかな香りが残ります”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: Unique
  • Where I got it: Tokyo
  • How much: ¥500
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Definitely

Tasting Notes: pours brown with a shade of orange, small head, ringed layered lacing. Chocolate orange on the nose, just like Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Candied orange up front mellowed by rich dark chocolate and bitter coffee malts, orange persists through finish and ends with a bittersweet deep ending. Hints of figs in there as well. Medium-high complexity, medium-high depth, med-long length, good carry. Great balance of chocolate and orange, definitely worth a try.