Zeus Hopped India Dark Lager – Mission Springs Brewing

From Mission BC’s Mission Springs Brewing comes their “Zeus Hopped India Dark Lager” a beer that the brewery calls a mix between a Cascadian Dark Lager and a Muncih Style Dark Lager.  The beer pours a very dark brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of big roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and maybe a hint of hops.  The flavour is of burnt coffee, huge roasted malts, smokey, earthiness, a hint of chocolate, huge bitterness and a very dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 75.  This beer has lots going on and challenges your taste buds.  This beer may not be for everyone but if you like a big roasty backbone with a generous hops bitterness then this is the beer for you (just like it was for me).

Commercial Description:  Brewed with hops aptly named for the ruler of all gods, it’s no wonder this dark lager hits your palate like a lightning bolt of flavour. Born out of a love for artisanal handcrafted beers, here is a beer that defies style, crosses multiple genres, and demands no guidelines.


Cold Smoke (Smoked Porter) – Mt. Begbie Brewing Company

From Mt. Begbie Brewing Company in Revelstoke BC comes their “Cold Smoke (Smoked Porter)” their latest and very limited release.  The beer pours a deep amber colour (odd for a porter) with a tan head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, sweetness, cherry and a mild smoke.  The flavour is of cherry, roasted malts, mild smoke, fruits, burnt coffee, toffee and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 20.  It may not have looked super Porter like but it sure tasted great.  The smoke added some nice dimension without being strong.

Commercial Description:  Our new winter seasonal “COLD SMOKE” Porter was bottled yesterday! Now available in select cold beer stores and at the brewery! Hop into this Beechwood smoked, rich malty brown porter – the only friend you need on a powder day! 6.5%alc/vol, 20 IBU best served at 8c with roasted or BBQ food, soft cheeses and dark chocolate!


The Hobbit: The Smaug Stout – Central City Brewers & Distillers

Central City Brewers & Distillers out of Surrey have taken on a different kind of challenge with The Hobbit series of beers.  These beer are not their own creations but a brewing and distribution deal through MGM and (from my own understanding) Fish Brewing (USA Version) and BevLink LLC.  Three beer have been released as part of this series including the “The Smaug Stout” a Russian Imperial Stout.  The beer pours a n opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee and some mild chocolate.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, burnt coffee, sweetness, hint of fruit and a mild warmth from habanero chillies.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 65.  This is a big beer and the chillies do add a kick to the beer but I found it to be quite refreshing.  This beer may be a huge surprise to non craft drinkers trying to ride the Hobbit bandwagon but the series is big just like the beer.

Commercial Description:  is styled after a classic Russian Imperial Stout, but with a subtle hint of Habanero chilies to remind you of the fire and danger awaiting Bilbo and to the Company of Dwarves in their journey to The Lonely Mountain. Pronounced notes of coffee and chocolate balanced with Northwest Hops and a touch of heat produce an exceptional imperial stout, a worthy reward for your hard-fought journey. 


Stoutnik Russian Imperial Stout – Longwood Brewery (BC Beer Bloggers Local Winter Favourites part 2, #1)

BC Beer Bloggers Local Winter Favourites – This special review is part of a multi-blog collaboration between five BC Beer Bloggers (including a guest from over the mountains in Alberta) where we each chose our top three local winter releases and are blogging about them. Please take a look at the bottom of this review for the other links to see all the beers we chose in no particular order and bookmark these sites so you can check them often.
West Coast Beer Geek

With temperatures dropping and the rainy season kicking in in earnest it is time for some bigger beers to warm you to the bone.  With this in mind I picked up a bottle of Nanaimo’s Longwood Brewery “Stoutnik Russian Imperial Stout”.  If you don’t know, a Russian Imperial Stout also known as a RIS is a big alcohol, big flavour stout usually with low carbonation.  This style was originally created to win over the Russian Czar in the 1800’s.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, creamy chocolate and some burnt coffee.  The flavour is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, burnt coffee, hops bitterness and some mild warming as you swallow the beer.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%.  This is a really good smooth Russian Imperial Stout and a great choice to work your way into this wonderful style of stout.

Commercial Description:  Launch your tastebuds into the stratosphere with Stoutnik, Longwood Brewery’s innovative Russian Imperial Stout. A combination of roasted barley, chocolate and black barley gives this beer a rich, complex malty flavour that withstands orbital re-entry at any velocity. Stay ahead of the curve–rocket your way to the bold taste of Stoutnik.


Participating Bloggers: be sure to check them daily, I’ll add in their links as they go up!

West Coast Beer Geek – A beer geeks perspective on craft beer, beer events, beer pairings and more.

Mike’s Craft Beer – Not for the weak of taste buds. Lots of great beer reviews, brewery reviews and events on this site.

Dennis the Foodie – Weaving a personal story of food and beer in Vancouver, BC. Very thorough food reviews, great photos and beer pairings.

Western Suds – An Alberta craft beer blog written by a craft beer enthusiast and ambassador for the growing Alberta craft beer scene.

Beer Rater – A beer guide without all the fluff, just some straight forward drinking advice.

How to stay tuned into what we are doing? Look for the hashtag #bcbeerbloggers as we will be using it a lot. Please engage us in conversations, enjoy our posts, try these beers and share our work if you like it.



Full Sleeve Strong Stout – Bad Tattoo Brewing

From Penticton’s new Bad Tattoo Brewing comes their “Full Sleeve Strong Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate and some mild coffee notes.  The flavour is of burnt malts, chocolate and some coffee notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  I would not call this stout a strong stout for BC but I guess traditionally it is.  I did quite enjoy it none the less and I will be having more the next time I make it to Penticton.

Commercial Description:  Rich and creamy with a little sweetness left in. A touch of extra ABV to add balance.