Darkside Of The Stoke | Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

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Darkside Of The StokeDarkside Of The Stoke

Brewed by:
Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by biboergosum on 10-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BCborn
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. Made with Revelstoke's Stoke Roasters coffee. A different sort of Grim Reaper adorns the label, a multi-hued, er, Rastafarian coloured one.

This beer pours a very, very dark brown cola hue, essentially black in any dim lighting, with prominent reddish highlights, which leaves some decent drooping storm cloud lace around the glass as things take a swing southward.

It smells of rich, dry roasted, and moderately bitter earthy coffee beans, equally dry and toasted pale and caramel malts, chalky baker's chocolate, powdered milk, and faint leafy, floral hops. The taste also leads with the fresh ground coffee nature, though it is less bitter now, the medium sweet chocolate and laid back roasted caramel malt taking it up a notch or two, while the milk sits out on the counter, and the hops rendering an ashy, leafy additional astringency.

The carbonation is gentle and pleasantly fresh, the body a sturdy middleweight, agreeably smooth for all the general bitterness wafting about, and maybe a touch creamy. It finishes off-dry, just, as the cocoa and malt come to terms with their minor role in this coffee-laden affair.

A decent stout, justification could also be made for this as an Irish Dry Stout, I suppose, but all that is secondary to the dry, roasted, pungent coffee essence, thoroughly infused as it is here. Tasty enough, if that's your thing, but make no mistake, there is a certain one-sidedness going on here.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: totally opaque; tan head
S: Dark pumpernickel bread; not much coffee/moka.
T: smooth start then some bitterness, quite lean and one dimensional but not unpleasant. Dark pumpernickel bread. Not much coffee or moka characteristics. Finish is quick.
M: medium bodied
O: well balanced and pleasant but not too exciting. The bitterness and weight would make it nice with food. Would like to see a bit more richness.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mt.Begbie Brewing's 'Dark Side of the Stoke' Coffee Stout @ 4.8% , served from a couple of 650 ml bottles purchased for $5.50 each

A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a good size tan head that is leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-coffee ,

T-semi sweet start & middle followed by a pleasant bitter/coffee finish

MF-too much carbonation, pop like , weak bodyagain pop like

Ov-barely an ok beer , dissapointing

prost LampertLand

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Photo of NeoSmeers
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love beer, especially stouts. The best stouts are body warming, stomach filling, rich, beautiful creations. I'm also a bit of a coffee fan, not one of these 10 cups a day caffeine-aholics, but someone who really appreciates the bitter notes and subtle flavors of the roasted bean beverage. Stouts that share certain characteristics of coffee are to die for, and though this is not a bad beer, I am somewhat disappointing.

A - Certainly fine. It's ultra dark brown with a reasonably heady light coffee-cream foam. minor lacing. I have no problems with the appearance, and it's honestly the last thing I'll take marks away from it. 3.50

S - one definitely get's the coffee notes in the nose, but, unfortunately, it smells to me like that week old, weak coffee, poured from one of those steel hot water dispensers, and has been sitting in a styrofoam cup until it reached room temperature. This however, is not a cup of coffee and does hit most of the right notes when it comes to a stout. 3.50

T - Here's the biggie. Sad to say that the week old, weak coffee that's been sitting in a styrofoam cup has returned to haunt me during the tasting of this beer. Again, it's a bottle of beer, and not a cup of joe, so all in all, I suppose it's just fine, certainly not offensive. 3.00
M - going hand in hand with taste, it's quite smooth, with very pleasant, gentle effervescence, but the fluid feels a bit too thin in my mouth. It could just be my tastes, but I like my stouts to
feel as bold as they should taste. 3.00

O - well it wasn't something I regret purchasing, but I feel that the Darkside could have been so much more. Were someone to serve me the drink I wouldn't even consider refusing. Baring the underlying weak coffee smell/flavour, there are no truly negative qualities about the beer, and in the end, it resides in my "just fine" category. 3.00

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Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of leaddog
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/black with a thin mocha head.

Smell- Coffee bean, roasted malts, chicory root

Taste- Strong bitter coffee bean and roasted malts. Slight hint of the chicory root.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- A stout with a solid coffee and roasted malt base, but, somewhat lackluster. Could use additional flavours. Could use a little more complexity to the flavour to stand out amongst the crowd.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into 9/11/13

A sits black in the glass with a thin cola edge, two fingers of dense mocha foam hangs around for a while leaving a couple rings followed by random patches deep down the glass

S lots of cold sweetened coffee, some coco powder, just a little char, faint herbal hops, and more coffee, straight forward but solid

T a little toned down compared to the nose, everything's still there in one form or another, the coffees not as sweet and the roast is a little darker

M lighter side of medium, slightly creamy, a bitter snap to it, dark roasted coffee on the finish

O it is what it claims, solid coffee stout and considering its under 5% you could drink a few and probably get jittery before drunk

straight forward but solid, not as rick as I'd like but then again its a pretty light beer compared to what I normally drink, worth a try

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Photo of adaifotis
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of kloppster
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark caramel colour, with a slight creamy head that stays along the top. Nice rich coffee aroma. The coffee you taste on from the nose through to finish, but despite the aroma is not too overpowering. Very smooth mouth feel. Will buy again.

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Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of --weezl--
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very good beer, glad i got to drink a few bottles while it was in production

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Photo of Bunman3
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am a big fan of Mt. Begbie and Revelstoke in general, so I have high hopes for this beer. The pour is very nice - dark tan head, cola colour, most of the things I like in a stout. There is a definite coffee smell - it wants to be dark roast, but comes across Tim Horton's dark roast. The taste is satisfying - coffee, chocolate, dark malts and a very dry finish. It seems surprisingly thin, overall. I've tried this a couple of times - it's not my favourite from this brewery, but it is still a solid choice.

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Darkside Of The Stoke from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 17 ratings