Craft Beer Tasting Notes: January 29

We regularly post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. Certainly the most noteworthy beer to arrive this week was the highly sought after Driftwood Singularity Russian Imperial Stout, which is bourbon barrel aged and absolutely delicious. It has flown off our shelves since we received and we’re down to our last couple cases. Also worth noting is the new Phillips Odyssey Nitro Porter, which have those little nitro “widgets” in the cans to make the beer deliciously creamy when you open the pull tab.

phillips odyssey nitro porter 4pks

Phillips Odyssey Nitro Porter 5% 4-pk tall cans (Victoria)
Pours a black-brown colour. Smoke & chocolate notes on the nose. Rich & creamy smoke & chocolate notes on the palate, but also pleasantly dry and tart on the finish.

woodland emp saison cinsault with strawberries

Woodland Empire Saison Cinsaut 6% 650ml (Boise, ID)
Pours a cloudy pumpkin orange with pink tinge. Zesty notes of tart strawberry, vinegar and bubblegum on the nose. Tart and refreshing palate with notes of sour red berries, red wine and saison spice. 

worthy farm out saison

Worthy Farm Out Saison 7.3% 650ml (Bend, OR)
Pours a hazy pineapple yellow colour. Tart citrus, saison spice and funk notes on the nose. A touch sweet up front with notes of spice, stone fruits and banana.  Two Rufus Paws Up from: Glenn

commons petit urban farmhouse boysen

Commons Boysen 10% 650ml (Oregon)
Pours a dark chocolate brown colour. Major fruit notes of tart dark berries and grape candy on the nose. Boozy, but with good tart dark berry notes on the palate.
(Also shown: Petit Classique and Urban Farmhouse, now in stock)


Howe Sound Log Driver Juniper Rye IPA 5.5% 1L (Squamish)
Pours a hazy deep yellow colour. Explosive pine, floral spice and juniper on the nose. Dry and spicy on the palate with pine forest notes. Good bitterness, nice balance.


Coronado Stupid Stout 9% 650ml (San Diego)
Pours a deep black colour. Dark chocolate and smoke notes on the nose. Great sweet & savoury combo of smoke, soy sauce and bitter chocolate.

singularity 2016 B and W

Driftwood Singularity Russian Imperial Stout 2016 11.2% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours an infinitely dense black colour. Notes of sweet bourbon, coconut and vanilla on the nose. The palate is sweet and rich with boozy notes of bourbon, toasted marshmallows, coconut and chocolate. Smooth & tasty.