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.

Fellowship Boris Arabica – Strange Fellows Brewing

From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their fourth and last beer of 2016 in their fellowship club the “Fellowship Boris Arabica” a version of their Boris Russian Imperial Stout.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of huge coffee notes, roasted malts, vanilla, oak and a creamy finish.  The flavour is of burnt coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, earth, oak, cream, hints of red wine from the barrels.  The alcohol content comes in at 8%.  I’m not sure if I preferred the original version of Boris or this one but this one was still very tasty.  Regardless this is a very tasty beer.


Jitter Buzz Imperial Coffee Stout – Red Racer Brewing

From Red Racer Brewing (Central City Brewing) out of Surrey BC comes the “Jitter Buzz Imperial Coffee Stout”. I did not get the Central City and Parallel 49 Advent Calendar this year but I managed to get ahold of this beer the 24th beer of the Calendar. To take a look at the whole calendar look here. The coffee used in this brew was donated by Around the World Bean. The beer pours an opaque black with a small light brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, roasts malts, hint of chocolate, molasses and some sweetness. The flavour is of coffee, molasses, roasted malts, hint of chocolate, earth, mild smoke or ash and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 9%. I think this brew would be worthy of exploring as a regular lineup beer.


Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout 2014 – Elysian Brewing

O’hare’s Beer Club February 2014 Box

From Elysian Brewing out of Seattle Washington USA comes the “Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout”.  This is the 2014 edition of the beer.  The beer pours a dark brown/black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted coffee, chocolate and some hops bitterness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, lactose and hops bitterness.  This beer had a surprisingly thin body.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 35.  This was a very pleasing stout and well worth the pickup.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Cream Puffs

Commercial Description: Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout combines the talents of Elysian Brewing and Stumptown Coffee in a deliciously smooth, very Northwest beer

Click here to check out the February 2014 Box

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Dark Side of the Stoke Coffee Stout – Mt. Begbie Brewing Company

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From Mt. Begbie Brewing Company in Revelstoke BC comes their “Dark Side of the Stoke Coffee Stout”.  The stout pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma is of malts, milk chocolate, and lots of roasted coffee.  The flavour consists of roasted coffee, malts, milk/cream, chocolate and some mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at low but fairly standard 4.8% for a stout.  This stout is great with lots of flavour and a good body.

Commercial Description:  A sinister blend of roasted malts combined with Revelstoke’s Stoke Roasted Coffee yields a complex rich flavour that can only be found on the darkside.