Recently I’ve been on an Espresso/Coffee beer kick. I’m a coffee addict so any beer that has a fake or mild coffee flavor isn’t going to get a high rating but I will mention if that’s why I’m giving it a low rating. I’ve only found stouts and porters that have appealed to me so far. I saw 1 IPA but on its list of flavours it was all over the place. Let me know if you have tried any other good ones!
For this post I’ve tried 3 beers; one from Elysian, Tofino, and Phillips
Elysian Brewery– Seattle. WA
Split Shot Milk Stout
Price: $7.95 – Port Moody Liquor Store
The Split Shot has a distinct sweet coffee smell with undertones of malt. This beer is a deep espresso colour with a full body. It tastes like espresso with a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. The espresso in this beer tastes genuine- not like fake coffee flavouring. The split shot is like a latte, full and delicious but you can only finish one- or at least I can only finish one. I’ve seen this beer in a 6 pack but the bomber bottle is the perfect size.
Tofino Brewery– Tofino, BC
Price: $7.50 – Port Moody Liquor Store
This coffee porter smells like my kind of mocha with a perfect balance of coffee and chocolate.
It’s flavour is amazing. I love coffee and that’s exactly what this tastes like, with just a hint of chocolate. The chocolate doesn’t taste fake which is something that I always look for in a beer. I can’t stand fake chocolate! If you’re a mocha fan than this is a good choice for you. This beer isn’t as full as the Elysian Split Shot but it is still packed full of delicious coffee flavour. Like the Split shot this one has a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness
Both me and Meagan agree that this is at the top of our porter list
Dylan and Jose, who are not coffee fans, agree that this beer is good but not one of theirs favourites.
Phillips Brewery– Vancouver, BC
Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout
I’ll start by saying I love Phillips beer- but this one was very disappointing. If I wasn’t a huge coffee fan I think I would have liked this beer more; but since I was hoping for that intense coffee flavour this beer fell flat for me.
It doesn’t taste like an 8% beer- in a good way but it is very light for a stout. When I choose to drink a stout I hope for that full and rich body. It starts very bitter with little flavour and ends on a slight coffee note.
Overall I was disappointed in this beer but there are so many amazing Phillips beers out there so I’m not to heart broken. Both me and Meagan agreed that we wouldn’t drink this one again unless there weren’t other options- it’s still better than bud!
Dylan and Jose liked this one a bit more than us because they don’t really like coffee. This beer was much more subtle than the previous ones.