Ursos Arctos Russian Imperial Stout – R&B Brewing


From Vancouver BC’s R&B Brewing comes the “Ursos Arctos Russian Imperial Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, sweetness, earth, ash and some smoke.  The flavour is of roasted malts, ash, smoke, chocolate, toffee, earth, sweetness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.4% and an IBU of 85.  I am a big fan of the Russian Imperial Stout style and this one is very well made.  I will have to look into buying a few more bottles to age them in my cellar.

Commercial Description:  We wanted to produce a full flavored Russian Imperial Stout with complexity in dark malt character that was well balanced. The beer was produced using a double mash technique. Complexity of dark flavours was enhanced by a 12 hour boil time and two months of conditioning time. We are extremely happy with how this beer tastes right now, and it will continue to develop with aging in the bottle.

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Darkness Russian Imperial Stout 2014 (Aged 1 Year) – Surly Brewing Co


From Brooklyn Center Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Co comes their “Darkness” Russian Imperial Stout 2014.  The 2014 edition was barrel aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels for 4-6 months.  To acquire a bottle of this beer you have to either attend the breweries event Darkness Days or be lucky enough to trade for a bottle (and I have never been to Minnesota)!  The beer poured an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consisted of chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, whiskey, sweetness and alcohol.  The flavour is of toffee, creamy milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, burnt malts, earth, coffee, brown sugar, oak, whiskey with a boozy finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.3%.  The beer is worth the hype!  If I had the money and the time off I would have loved to go to Minnesota for the Darkness days this year on October 24th, 2015.  This is one huge beer in flavour and in alcohol content and I would love to drink it again if somehow possible.

Commercial Description:  The legendary Harpy tortured unwary travelers by stealing their precious food and drink.  This year’s cruel creature defends her cauldron of Darkness with razor claws and a dead stare of malevolence.  Don’t mess with her Darkness.  She’s hoarding this massively opaque barrel aged Stout screaming with notes of chocolate, coffee, dried tart cherries, vanilla, rye Whisky and raisins.  The thick body of this Russian Imperial Stout finishes sweet, with a piney resinous hop character.  Dar if you will to open this bottle and steal from the imagination of our 2014 Darkness artist, Erica Williams.

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Photo from Erica Williams website

Video From Surly Brewing on Darkness Days

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.