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.


Dark Side Russian Imperial Stout – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Dark Side Russian Imperial Stout”.  The beer pours black as night with a brown head.  The aroma consists of coffee, roasted malts, ash, chocolate and floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, chocolate, toffee, cream, ash, bitterness, resin, earth with a definite citrus hops finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.9% with an IBU of 40.  While this beer is a bit harsh for some in its youth it is very tasty and should age really well!  Buy you two bottle limit at minimum and age one.

Photo from Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks


Con Leche Horchata Style Milk Stout – Twin Sails Brewing

From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Con Leche Horchata Style Milk Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of vanilla, cold brew coffee, chocolate, creamy milk and cinnamon.  The flavour is of tons of coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, cream and cinnamon.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 18.  Once again this beer is a massive step away from the German style of beers they usually make but change is always a good thing and this stuff is very different!  Since when was mixing coffee and chocolate a bad thing especially when it has all the caffeine?  Make sure to pick up a 4 pack tall cans or two.

Commercial Description:  A Horchata style Milk Stout brewed with a variety of roasted malts and coffee from Bows & Arrows coffee roasters. It pours very dark black with a thick creamy mocha head. The oats and lactose provide a silky rich mouthfeel, which is balanced with strong aromatics of coffee. The beer is conditioned on cinnamon and vanilla beans, which provide a unique spice character that pairs perfectly with the strong coffee and chocolate flavours of the stout.


Mega Black House – Modern Times Beer

From Modern Times Beer in San Diego California comes their “Mega Black House” an Imperial Stout.  The beer pours a deep opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted malts, oatmeal and coffee.  The flavour is of coffee, toffee, caramel, chocolate, oatmeal, ash, cream, mild bitterness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 45.  This is my first every try of a beer from Modern Times Beer.  I have to say that this beer is amazingly tasty and I would pick up a bottle or two more in a heartbeat.

Commercial Discretion:  An imperialized version of Black House loaded with our house-roasted coffee.  Thick, chewy, and bursting with coffee aroma & flavor.  Mega Black House is a complex sipper that showcases the brilliant interaction of dark roasted malt and light roasted coffee.

Are you a home brewer?  Here is the recipe from the brewery!


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.

uganda sipi