Archive for the ‘American Double/Imperial Stout’ Category

It’s not really stout weather, but I love SingleCut beers. I’m starting to see distribution of their beers increase, especially in the Philadelphia area. Although I typically have their hoppy beers, I had to see what they did with a big stout.

heavybootsoflead

ABV: 11.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our biggest beer to date, created in the great magnetic field. Super complex richness of mega-chocolate, roast, vanilla and coffee in a smooth, ester overtoned monster of a brew. We’ll be aging this for 8 months and releasing it in Winter of ’15.”

Random: I keep asking Val why we don’t watch “Mr. Robot” and apparently we keep DVRing it and deleting it because we never have time to watch it.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black with no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose had some wood, smoke, roasted malts, and espresso. It also had a lot of dark chocolate shavings. The taste had a sweetness that reminded me of maple syrup, although I don’t think there is any in the beer. It had ash and smoke with light alcohol that was quickly followed up by bitter dark chocolat.e It had a thick and chewy body with some booze warming and light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and bitter with wood ash and dark chocolate. This bomber set me back $10 ($.45 per ounce), which was on the more expensive side, but completely worth it. The only downfall? Now I have to search for the barrel aged version.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that gets rave reviews on all of the beer review blogs that I read. When it first came out, it was difficult to find. They released more of it and I found one bottle hanging out on the shelf and decided to pick it up. I stuck it in the cellar for a few months before I pulled it out to give it a shot.

vanillabeanstout

ABV: 10.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel and molasses to round out this luxuriously silky stout.”

Random: People at Motor Vehicles are generally not happy. I had to go there recently and everyone was so unhappy.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head. It went away dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of cocoa powder, dark chocolate and espresso. It had a touch of vanilla bean and some booze. The taste had a decent amount of sweetness up front. It also had some vanilla extract and bitter dark chocolate. Espresso came through next. The booze was present, but not offensive. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with dark chocolate and espresso. A bomber of this was $14.99, which broke down to $.68 per ounce. This was an expensive beer, but quite good. I just wish it had more vanilla.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

As I was eating my quesadilla, in between updating blog posts, one of my cats decided to investigate. Instead of trying to take some of my steak or chicken quesadilla, he decided to put his nose into the hot sauce. This caused him to sneeze, at which time, I had to pick him up and try to clean his nose as he was sneezing. He struggled a little bit, but I think I got most of the hot sauce off of him. It’s never a dull moment in this house. Anyways, let’s get to the beer, which I had out in Ohio.

onfleek

ABV: 13%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big, overhyped imperial stouts, amirite? This one on fleek tho. The most amazing collaboration ever with Casita Cerveceria.”

Random: Whenever I have a big stout like this, it makes me crave chocolate milk.

The beer poured with a one finger, light brown head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the plastic cup. The body was an inky black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was very fragrant with dark chocolate, oatmeal, prunes and some alcohol. The taste was filled with dark chocolate up front and quickly transitioned into coffee. It also had prunes, alcohol and cocoa powder. At the end of the sip, there was some tobacco and anise. The body was thick and oily with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with licorice and roasted malts. I enjoyed this beer, although the anise flavor was a bit too pronounced for my personal taste.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was a beer from a brewery that I never heard of. I assume that they only distributed to Ohio, so I gave it a shot.

maumeebay

ABV: 9.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Maumee Bay Brewing Company’s Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout is a hearty meal in a glass. As it pours, it devours the light and your glass is filled with darkness. This massive beer brewed with espresso beans (from Flying Rhino in Toledo, OH), oatmeal, and lactose offers a rich and complex taste that begs to be savored. With a smooth carbonation and luscious roasted malt flavor, you will fade to black as you slowly sip this finely crafted brew. We recommend serving at 45-50 degrees in your favorite snifter. It’s nothing but total bliss from Maumee Bay Brewing Co. RATED 96 ON BEER ADVOCATE!!”

Random: I’m having a craving for chocolate milk now.

This beer poured with a finger of tan head that took forever to dissipated. Once it did, it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with dark chocolate, roasted malts, espresso and lactose. The scent came out even more when I let it warm in my hands for awhile. The taste was just as good. I expected it to be a booze bomb, but the alcohol was hidden. Dark chocolate, espresso, lactose and vanilla came through. It had some smoke as well, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The body was thick with light carbonation, so I sipped this one slowly. It had a lengthy finish with espresso and dark malts. This beer was incredibly tasty and the flavors were on point. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

A few years ago, I tried Weyerbacher’s Sunday Morning Stout and was impressed by it. When I heard they put out a version with hot peppers, I had to have it.

sundaymorningstout

ABV: 11.3%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “As the name suggests, this 11.3% ABV American Imperial Stout is the foundation of everyone’s favorite, Sunday Morning Stout, with a twist (and without the barrel aging)… This brew captures everything you’d expect from a traditional molé – coffee, chocolate, heat and smokiness. Foremost is coffee, which is followed by layers of chocolate courtesy of the chocolate malt, cocoa powder and cacao nibs. Finally, a subtle lingering heat and smokiness from our blend of ancho, pasilla, mulato and chipotle peppers, as well as cinnamon, which is gone by the time you’re ready for your next sip.”

Random: Now I’m craving mole.

The beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black color with no visible carbonation. The nose was strong and filled with dark chocolate, cocoa powder and hot pepper. It had a slight alcohol note as well. The taste had dark chocolate, espresso, hot peppers, and cocoa powder. The booze wasn’t noticeable at all. It also had some cinnamon as well. The body was thick and oily with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cocoa powder. The bottle was $4, which came to $.33 per ounce. This was an expensive beer, but worth every penny, especially if you like hot peppers.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Today’s selection is a beer that I was very excited to try, so let’s get to it.

mapledoublenegative

ABV: 11%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “To make Maple Bourbon Barrel Double Negative, we added ultra dark maple syrup to the base recipe of our reigning GABF champion imperial stout. Then we aged it in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. The result is a decadently roasty, balanced stout with a tasteful dollop of rich maple (not too sweet!) and pronounced whiskey barrel notes of toffee, vanilla, and booze. Best served at cellar temperature or even up to room temperature.”

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This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had a lot of maple syrup and brown sugar that quickly transitioned into booze and then bourbon. I didn’t pick up a lot of smoke or roasted malt. The taste was more subtle than the ABV would imply. It had a lot of sweetness from the maple syrup and brown sugar and then moved into ash and smoke. There was a mild coffee note with roast and finished with some booze warming at the end. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with ash and brown sugar. I tossed this beer in the fridge for awhile to give it some age, so I don’t recall how much I paid for it, but I know it was expensive. This beer was excellent and I would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

After Val and I went into Longwood Gardens, we headed to 2SP in Kennett Square. We found another location in Delaware a few years ago. They opened a brewery as well as a few other locations closer to us in Pennsylvania, so I wanted to give this a shot. One of the things I like about the place is that they give you an option for short pours so you can try more beers without getting plastered. I took them up on this option during our visit. The first beer I tried was one they brew themselves.

imperialthaifighter

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Imperial Rye Stout brewed with fresh basil. Lots of chocolate and basil on the nose.”

Random: This is a collaboration beer with Terrapin.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head. It went away slowly and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the darkness of the beer. The nose was filled with dark chocolate shavings and roasted dark malt. There wasn’t much in the way of basil or rye. The taste had the same dark chocolate shavings with rye spice. It quickly went into basil and cilantro notes. Smoke was there as well. The body was medium thickness, lighter than I am used to for the style. It had limited carbonation as well. The body was lengthy with basil and dark chocolate. This beer was interesting, but it just needs a bit of refining.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0