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.

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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.

 

 

2012 Whiteout Port Barrel Aged Barleywine – Burnside Brewing


From Portland Oregon’s Burnside Brewing comes their “2012 Whiteout Port Barrel Aged Barleywine” a blended barleywine with a portion of 2012 whiteout aged in port barrels then blended with some young 2013 whiteout.  The beer pours a reddish brown with an off white head.  The aroma consists of port, dark fruits, semi sweet cherries, mild tartness and some malts.  The flavour is of port, dark fruits, cherries, mild tartness, big malts, hops bitterness and some mild warming.  The beer comes in at 10% alcohol with an IBU of 55.  This barleywine is amazingly different and I would love to have a few more bottles to age!  This release was limited to 2136 total bottles.

Commercial Description:  With Golden Promise, Crystal and Honey malts, flaked oats Centennial and Meridian hops. The 2012 Whiteout was aged for a year in Port barrels that were used to age Big Bottom Whiskey, and then blended with a portion of young 2013 Whiteout.

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