A-Frame Brewing Co. – Skull Lake Imperial Espresso Stout


A-Frame Brewing Co. – Skull Lake Imperial Espresso Stout Review

Situated in beautiful Squamish, BC, with a tasting room done up like a cabin, and every beer named after a BC lake, A-Frame Brewing is heavy on the #cabinvibes. One seasonal beer, the Skull Lake Imperial Stout, was this time around brewed with organic espresso beans from Counterpart Coffee.

The Skull Lake is opaque black with a medium tan head. There is an expressive espresso nose with notes of black forest cake, marshmallow, and a hint of raisin. It is full-bodied, has medium carbonation, and pronounced roast bitterness. Tasting Skull Lake shows the prominent espresso flavors joined by notes of chocolate, cherry, and roasted dark fruit. With such a big roasted bitterness there is little perceived sweetness. The bitterness somewhat retreats for the long finish.

Only available from the tasting room for a limited time.

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    Overall Enjoyment

About This Beverage

  • Colour: Black
  • Head Size & Retention: Normal head + retention
  • Carbonation: Well Carbonated
  • Clarity: Clear
  • Balance: More Malty
  • Drinkability: Goes Down Slower
  • Enjoyment: I would recommend this beer to a friend
  • Malt Characteristics: Rich/Sweet, Coffee or Chocolate, Toasty/Roasty
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: Coffee Beans
  • Palate: Full Bodied


The espresso flavours really shine in this big, bitter, and roasty stout from A-Frame Brewing.

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