Three Bears Breakfast Stout – Trading Post Brewing


From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Three Bears Breakfast Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of ash, roasted malts, burnt coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal.  The flavour is of oatmeal, ash, roasted malts, earth, chocolate, burnt coffee and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 40.  This is definitely breakfast in a bottle.  I would recommend maybe keeping the breakfast beer to camping in the summer though.

Commercial Description:  On a canoe trip down the Fraser, HBC chief factor Gavin Hamilton decided to go to shore to shoot some ducks. Armed with a double barreled fowling piece, he came face to face with three bears. He took the first two out with a single shot and reloaded just in time to take out the third which knocked him to the ground as it fell.  Brewed with dark roasted malt, Centennial hops and Republica Roasters coffee, this jet black oatmeal stout features notes of chocolate and espresso. Big, bold and surprisingly smooth, this “eye-opener” has a creamy tan head and is the great for breakfast or any time of day.

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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!

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Breakfast Stout – Founders Brewing


From Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids Michigan comes their “Breakfast Stout” a double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout.  The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, oatmeal and earth.  The flavour is of chocolate, earth, burnt coffee, roasted malts, oatmeal and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.3% with and IBU of 60.  This is an amazing beer and I hope to get more bottles of it in the future!

Commercial Description:  The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.

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Hands Up Red Ale – Tin Whistle Brewing


From Tin Whistle Brewing in Penticton comes their “Hands Up Red Ale” their newest seasonal release.  The beer pours a deep red colour with a small brownish head.  The aroma consists of raisins, fruit, molasses, malts and some rum.  The flavour is of raisin, rum, fruits, molasses, oatmeal, mild roast, bitterness and a hint of earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 20.  This is a tasty red ale that sits on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

Commercial Description:  A raisin oatmeal red ale to commemorate Bill Minor, the Gentleman robber.

Backstory:  Bill Miner (1847-1913).  Bill Miner, the first train robber in Canada was known as the “Gentleman Bandit” because of his good manners during a hold-up.  He was also the originator of the phrase “Hands Up!”.  On May 8, 1906, he held up the C.P.R near Kamloops making him a local folk hero.  He was later arrested by the Royal North West Mounted Police and sentenced to 25 years in the New Westminster Penitentiary.  The 1982 Canadian film The Grey Fox was based on Billy Miner’s life.

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Three Bears Breakfast Stout – Trading Post Brewing


From the new brewery in Langley Trading Post Brewing comes their “Three Bears Breakfast Stout” an oatmeal stout. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of oatmeal, roasted malts, coffee and earth. The flavour is of oatmeal, roasted malts, bitter coffee and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 40. I could see drinking many a pint of this in the morning….  I mean the evening.

Commercial Description:  Brewed using dark roasted malt and cold extracted coffee from Republica Roasters, this jet black oatmeal stout features notes of chocolate and espresso. Big, bold and surprisingly smooth, this “eye-opener” has a creamy tan head and is the perfect beer any time of day.

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