The Bottle Imp – Beau’s All Natural Brewing

From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “The Bottle Imp” Russian Imperial Coffee Stout.  This brew is the 9th beer in Beau’s pro-am series.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of coffee, ash, roasted malts and dark chocolate.  The flavour is of bitter coffee, hops bitterness, earth, burnt malts, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla, ash with resin in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 81.  If you enjoy a good bitter Russian Imperial Stout with a big coffee hit this one is definitely for you.

Commercial Description:  The Bottle Imp is a strong, dark, roasty and rich creation. This rendition of a Russian Imperial Stout is also infused with a blend of Nicaraguan and Guatemalan fair-trade organic coffee. Complex and contemplative, and with well-integrated alcohol warmth, The Bottle Imp is best served in a snifter, sipped slowly and savoured.  eau’s first brewed The Bottle Imp in 2013 as part of its Pro-Am Series. The recipe was co-created with David Thompson, who won the Toronto Beer Week Homebrew Contest and the prize of coming to Beau’s for a day to brew a beer. In 2014 The Bottle Imp took Bronze at the Canadian Brewing Awards, as well as first place at the National Organic Craft Beer Competition in California.  The Russian Imperial Stout is brewed to weigh in high on alcohol, with the roasted, malty character typical of a stout. These imperial stouts were first brewed in England in the 18th century, and exported to Russia for the pleasure of Czarina Catherine II and her court.  And the name? The Bottle Imp is a haunting turn-of-the-century tale by Robert Louis Stevenson about risking eternal damnation of the soul to have everything on earth one’s heart desires. We suggest pairing the beer and the story on a cold night by a crackling fire.

Food pairing as per the brewery:  Pumpernickel bread, trifle, dark chocolate fondue, coffee cake, grilled steak, truffle-oil-infused mashed potatoes, & sharp cheddar or stilton.


Three Bears Breakfast Stout – Trading Post Brewing

From the new brewery in Langley Trading Post Brewing comes their “Three Bears Breakfast Stout” an oatmeal stout. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of oatmeal, roasted malts, coffee and earth. The flavour is of oatmeal, roasted malts, bitter coffee and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 40. I could see drinking many a pint of this in the morning….  I mean the evening.

Commercial Description:  Brewed using dark roasted malt and cold extracted coffee from Republica Roasters, this jet black oatmeal stout features notes of chocolate and espresso. Big, bold and surprisingly smooth, this “eye-opener” has a creamy tan head and is the perfect beer any time of day.


Coffee Porter – Mill Street Brewery

From Toronto Ontario’s Mill Street Brewery comes their “Coffee Porter” made with coffee from Balzac’s Coffee.  The beer pours a deep opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and maybe a hint of smoke.  The flavour is of bitter coffee, earth, chocolate, roasted malts and a mild smoky finish hidden behind some sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 20.  This is how a good cold brew coffee should taste in the morning.  Oh wait this a beer scrap that unless you are camping.  I quite enjoyed this coffee porter as it was what was advertised but had more to it than just the coffee at the same time.

Commercial Description:  One of our most famous beers and one of our oldest brands. One of two flavoured porters that we make, Coffee Porter uses coffee from Balzac’s Coffee who was one of the original tenants in the Distillery District along with us back in 2002. In a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup moment, we realized that their coffee tasted exquisite in our porter and the legend was born!

Food Pairing As Per Brewery:  Comfort food, stews, roasted meats, oysters and pub fare


Uganda Sipi Coffee Brown Ale – Bridge Brewing Company

From Bridge Brewing out of North Vancouver comes their new”Uganda Sipi Coffee Brown Ale” using coffee roasted at Moja Coffee in North Van.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of coffee, chocolate, earth, roasted malts with a creamy and sweet finish.  The flavour is of chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malts and earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.1% with an IBU of 28.  This beer is very good!  Not only will it wake you up with the caffeine in coffee but it will delight your taste buds at the same time.

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Nutty Uncle Peanut Butter Stout – Dead Frog Brewery

From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Nutty Uncle Peanut Butter Stout”.  I did not know what to think when I picked this bottle up even though I had tasted a test batch of the beer as I really don’t like peanut butter cups.  The beer poured a dark opaque brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, peanuts and chocolate.  The flavour was of roasted malts, bitter coffee, chocolate, peanuts, mild hops bitterness and a lactose finish.  The beer comes in at 6.1% with an IBU of 24.  This beer is like taking a shot of espresso with a bowl of peanuts and chocolate.  If you like all those things then you will like this beer.  Luckily for me I really liked this one and how it all came together.

Commercial Desciption:  A creamy milk stout brewed with 10 premium malts, roasted cocoa beans, and peanut butter.  Flavours of roasted chocolate and coffee make way for smooth hints of peanut butter and a slightly sweet finish.

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