Odyssey Nitro Porter – Phillips Brewing Company


From Phillips Brewing Company in Victoria BC comes their “Odyssey Nitro Porter” a canned beer with a widget. When you open the can there is quite the hiss from the Nitrogen being released. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a creamy milk chocolate brown.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate and a sweet finish. The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, mild coffee and caramel. This could possibly be the most creamy canned nitro beer I have had.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%. I find many nitro beers have a muted flavour although this one has quite a bit of flavour and I quite enjoyed it. 

Commercial Description:  Odyssey is infused with nitrogen gas, creating cascading clouds of tiny bubbles that give way to thick dense foam.  Warm roast flavours with accents of nuts and dark chocolate.

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Moody Ales and Ridge Brewing – 1880 Export Stout


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Moody Ales from Port Moody, BC and Ridge Brewing Company from Maple Ridge, BC have collaborated to create their 1880 Export Stout as part of the Moody Ales Small Batch Series.

The eye almost slides off this beer it is a dark, murky brown that almost seems like an absence of colour, it is kind of fun to stare at it and try to really see through it.  The head is a creamy light tan with bubbles that look almost nitrogenated.  I normally don’t go on about how beers look but I really love staring at this one.

The nose is so rich, leading with a little bit of alcohol heat and coffee, almost like a Spanish Coffee for after dinner.  There is a touch of prune underneath.  A roasty malt aroma rolls up on the heels of the coffee.

The mouthfeel is luxuriously smooth, almost creamy and glides across the tongue.  The carbonation is very mild, just a whisper of a tingle just as you swallow.  The flavours are amazing, dark chocolate with a hint of coffee and a little alcohol warmth but not heavy and chewy, just smooth.

This is exactly the beer I want sitting in front of a fire on a cold night.

Sasquatch Stout (Nitro) – Old Yale Brewing


From Old Yale Brewing out of Chilliwack comes their brand new Nitro version of their “Sasquatch Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a creamy brown head that lingers.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, earth and a smokey finish.  The flavour is of big roasted malts, smoke, roasted coffee and a good bitterness hit.  The beer has an amazing creamy mouth feel from the nitro.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  While this version of the beer tastes very different than its regular counterpart this one is very good and I hope they find a way to package it.  In the least I hope they sell the kegs.

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Cafe Morena English Brown Ale – Ridge Brewing Company


From Ridge Brewing Company out of Maple Ridge comes their “Cafe Morena English Brown Ale”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of coffee, roasted malts, creamy with sweet notes. The flavour is of coffee, roasted malts, hint of chocolate, earth, maybe some nuts with a creamy sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 27. I found his beer to be quite refreshing and tasty.

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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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