For Christmas, Val got me memory foam slippers to wear in the house. These things are the most comfortable slippers that I’ve ever had. The only other slippers I can remember owning are ones that were Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer slippers (mostly used to annoy the cat) and leopard print Steve Madden slippers (which didn’t get much use because I am not into leopard print). These are just perfect and like walking on little clouds. I have no idea why this beer made me think of my slippers, so let’s get into it.
Style: American Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “To decide on the lineup for our 2015 Brewhouse Rarities, our brewmaster Matt Brophy and his team had to narrow down 45 beer concepts to just eight. And there was just a little pressure from the rest of us. Why? Because they were all of our ideas. Each summer, our entire brewery congregates atop a historic overlook in the Catoctin Mountain Range and teams of our staff — from production to accounting to sales and marketing — pitch ideas for the next year’s Brewhouse Rarities. And once the beers are picked, each team is responsible for everything involved in that beers release, from sourcing ingredients to planning launch events outside of the brewery.”
Random: This was released right at the end of December 2015.
The beer poured with a one and a half finger tan head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was black in color with no visible carbonation. I picked up a lot of wood smoke in the nose with coriander and a hint of clove. Yeast was there too, but the nose was all about the smoke, as I expected. The taste started with the same intense wood smoke that reminded me of mesquite wood. Dark roasted malts were next with some shaved chocolate. It had a heat to it, but I couldn’t tell if it was from the intensity of the smoke, but it manifested like a chili pepper. There wasn’t as much spice as the nose, but I did get clove. The yeast gave it a bready quality, which worked with the other flavors. It had a medium body with just enough carbonation and the alcohol provided a touch of warming at the back of the throat. It had a lot of smoke on the finish as well. This beer was interesting and I enjoyed the pairing of the Belgian spice and the smoke and the yeast. My only complaint about the beer was the smoke was just too intense at times. If you’re interested in getting this beer, it retails for $2 a single ($.17 per ounce).
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0