Parallelogram Oatmeal Coffee Porter

Yay! Two of my obsessions combined; coffee and parallel 49- It’s a good day! I can’t describe to you how excited I was when I heard about this one and for a good reason, this gem doesn’t disappoint. This beer is a collaboration between the Parallel 49 brewery and the 49th Parallel coffee shop.

Parallel 49 – Vancouver BC

Parallel 49 coffee   Parallel 49 coffee

Parallelogram Oatmeal Coffee Porter

Size: 650ml
Price: $6.50
ALC/VOL: 6%
IBU: 23

This is by far my favourite coffee beer so far. While I love coffee beer it’s not something I crave regularly, probably because I already drink too much of coffee.

The Parallelogram smells like a mocha, much like all of the other coffee beers. It also has a slight oatmeal smell which is no surprise since it is an oatmeal porter.

This beer is very smooth and bold, it tastes like a mocha with more coffee than chocolate like it should be. It has a coffee bitterness, this is awesome because I’ve found that most coffee beers don’t capture the true coffee bitterness. It has a slight sweetness to balance out the bitterness so don’t worry it’s not like drinking a black coffee. This beer is very smooth and rich. It’s the perfect dessert to replace that after dinner mocha- or is that just me?

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Innis Gunn – Series

**Warning to all Innis & Gunn fans- you will not like this post as I really don’t like this beer.

Innis & Gunn

One of the first things I was ever told about craft beer was that Innis & Gunn was the holy grail of all craft beers. Everyone I talked to raved about these beers and were shocked and appalled that I had never tried them. Succumbing to peer pressure I bought all of the Innis & Gunn beers that were available at the time and tried them all. Overall I am not impressed! So if all you’ve heard is good things than here is something different.

Jose, Maegan and I tasted these beers together and we all had very similar opinions – So its not just me!

Oak Aged

Innis & Gunn

Alc/Vol: 6.6%
Price: $3.35 – Port Moody Liquor Store
Size: 330ml

The oak aged beer smells like very generic beer. The smell reminded me of thirsty Thursday at the Arms. If you live in Poco you’ll know what I’m talking about- and it’s not a nice smell!

It tastes very similar to how it smells. Just like boring generic beer that a bar would call it’s house beer. It has a slight sweetness that tastes that it could be honey. Overall I’m not impressed with this beer at all.

We all agree this one is;

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Rum Finish

Innis & Gunn

Alc/Vol: 7.4%
Price: $3.35 – Port Moody Liquor Store
Size: 330ml

The Rum Finish was slightly better than the Oak Aged beer. It smells like rum and beer which is to be expected. It tastes like fizzy nothingness. I had high hopes for this one because it smelt so much better than the oak aged- I’m a huge fan of rum- but again this one was a flop.

It was very hard to figure out what it actually tasted like because it just fizzes in your mouth and then its gone. If you like sparkling water than here’s a perfect way to get drunk off of it. If you leave the beer in your mouth for a long time there is a hint of rum and a pretty nice flavour but who actually drinks beer like that? You’d be laughed out of the bar.

We all agree this one is;

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Toasted Oak IPA

Innis & Gunn

Alc/Vol: 5.6%
 Size: 330ml

Finally an Innis & Gunn beer that I actually liked! While I like it, it’s not something that I would go out and buy because there are much better IPA’s out there. But if Innis & Gunn was the only beer left in some post-apocalyptic world this is the one I would choose.

It smells pleasant over all – like citrus and hops with a hint of sweetness. It tastes pretty bitter with a balance of citrus. It was the best beer so far in this series. It wasn’t anything special but I like that it isn’t so bitter that it feels like it’s biting my tongue off- I’m not a fan of that feeling.

Meagan and I agree this one is;

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Jose rates this one as;

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Scotch Whisky Porter

Innis & Gunn

Alc/Vol: 7.4%
Size: 330ml

This one smells very interesting. It smells like very alcoholic beer with a hint of smoke. I’m not a scotch drinker because I don’t like the peaty (smoky) flavour. This beer is overly peaty, it taste like pure smoke. This one was my least favourite beer, I would only give this to my worst enemies. If there was something below 1/5 I would rate this beer at that. If you are a fan of a smoky flavour than I’m sure you’ll have a vastly different opinion than me.

We all agree this one is;

1/5

Melvilles Ginger Beer

Innis & Gunn

Alc/Vol: 4.1%
Size: 500ml

I’m obsessed with ginger which is why I saved this one for last- because I knew I was going to like it.

It smells like ginger, if it didn’t I would be worried. It tastes like ginger ale with a bite. I really enjoyed this but it wouldn’t be my go-to ginger beer. I usually reach for Crabbies Ginger Beer. It tastes very similar to the Melvilles but with a lot more ginger flavour. The one redeeming feature about this beer is that its made with real ginger whereas Crabbies is only made with a small amount of ginger extract.

Meagan and I agree this one is;

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Jose disagreed with us and he thought this one was

1/5

Cannery Blackberry Porter

Have you ever wished you could have blackberry pie but in beer form? If you have than here is your wish come true.

Cannery Brewing – Penticton, BC

Blackberry Porter                           Blackberry Porter

Size: 650ml
Alc/Vol: 6%
IBU: 45

Everything the black berry porter by Cannery promises, it delivers. It smells like something I would love to eat. At the first pour and smell I could tell that this was going to be a big and rich beer.

The best way to describe it is one big juicy blackberry. It begins with a malty flavour and transforms into a rich blackberry pie. While this beer smells and tastes like a fatty delicious dessert, I can almost guarantee you that it has way less calories- if that’s something that you care about.

There is nothing the brew masters could do to make this beer better. While it has a big blackberry flavour it isn’t overly sweet which is something I usually complain about with darker beers.

I love this beer but porters are not my go to beer which is the only reason this beer is getting a 4 instead of a 5 on the beer rating scale

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Coffee Coffee Coffee- oh and beer

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          Split Shot

Split Shot Milk Stout

Size: 650ml
Alc/Vol: 5.6%
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.

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Tofino Brewery– Tofino, BC

Tofino Coffee Porter                Tofino Coffee Porter

Size: 650ml
Alc/Vol: 6.5%
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

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Dylan and Jose, who are not coffee fans, agree that this beer is good but not one of theirs favourites.

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Phillips Brewery– Vancouver, BC

Black Jackal Stout

Size: 650ml
Alc/Vol: 8%

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!

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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.

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Russell Naughty and Spiced Porter

I bought this beer purely for the name and the label – who doesn’t love a pin-up girl Santa?  but also I’m obsessed with anything “spiced” so if a beer has cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg then it’s right up my alley.

Russell Brewing Company: Surrey, BC

Naughy & Spiced     Naughy & Spiced     Naughy & Spiced    Naughy & Spiced

Size: 650ml
Price: $6.50—Port Moody Liquor Store
Alc/Vol: 6.5%
IBU: 30

Naughty and spiced is one of my favourite beers of the winter so far. It tastes like Christmas in a bottle with a slight bitterness at the end. This beer is perfectly balanced with no single flavour taking over your taste buds.

Its colour is a very deep luscious brown that is full of character. When you pour the beer it looks dark and gourmet, definitely something I look for around this time of year. It smells of Nutmeg, caramel, and vanilla. It is literally a dessert in beer form; and what’s better than dessert and beer? Nothing!

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If you haven’t had this beer before it is a must try! So add it to your Christmas list and get ready for something that is truly amazing.