Archive for the ‘American Double/Imperial Stout’ Category

I’ve walked past this beer a few times, but I needed to try it, since I love mole inspired beers.

ABV: 11.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Let’s move beyond the concept of grabbing a beer, and reach for something bigger. Share This beer and be part of helping friends become mobile for the first time in Mexico – the source and inspiration of select ingredients in this beer. Each release in our Share This series spotlights unique ingredients and an important cause. Share This: Mole is a mole-inspired imperial stout collaboration with Chef Anne Conness, featuring ancho chilies, chipotle peppers, cinnamon, vanilla and cacao nibs. For each bottle we produce, Free Wheelchair Mission receives one dollar.”

Random: The best mole that I ever had was in Chicago at Frontera Grill.

The beer poured with a full finger of light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation. The nose was what I expected: cocoa powder, lots of chili peppers and cinnamon. I didn’t pick up much vanilla, but that’s a scent that tends to get overwhelmed. The taste had a bit more depth. It had dark cocoa powder, cinnamon and vanilla. It had some chili pepper, but not enough for my preference. There was also some smoke as well and a touch of booze. The body was thick, bordering on syrupy and had light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with dark chocolate and cinnamon. I picked up the bomber for $16.99, which came to $.77 per ounce, which was on the pricey side (as Bruery beers tends to be). Despite the price, I thought this was a really good beer, especially for a winter night. If you like these flavors, it’s worth picking up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Westbrook was one of the breweries that I visited while I was in South Carolina a few years ago. I tried a bunch of their gose variants, which were good (and given the fact that it was humid as all get out, went down very easily), but I really wanted to try one of their stouts. I also haven’t gotten my hands on Mexican Cake, but I guess this will do…for now.

ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: This was released in 22 ounce bombers and on tap.

Random: Our cats are obsessed with ping-pong balls. They use them to play cat soccer and hit the ball to each other. It’s very cute. Sometimes, they even hit them back to us.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark black in color with no visible carbonation. On the nose, I picked up dark chocolate, licorice and a touch of molasses. There was some coffee as well with a lot of bitter malt. The taste started with some booze and lightly burnt chocolate. It had black licorice, smoke and some tobacco. The body was thick and chewy. It had just enough carbonation. The finish lasted for awhile and had a lot of chocolate and licorice. I picked this bomber up for $11, which came to $.50 per ounce. This beer was on the expensive side, but had great flavor to it and I’m glad I gave it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val and I are working on booking our honeymoon. We’re trying to decide between the Big Island and Maui on Hawaii. Both are great options. We’re definitely going to visit some breweries either way.

ABV: 10.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The main principle of our brewing philosophy at Kane Brewing Company is a relentless focus on beer quality and improvement. This focus is not limited to the brew house, but to the entire process from our grain to your glass. In New Jersey we are fortunate enough to have the right to self-distribute our beers within state borders. Early on we made a conscious decision that this was the road we were going to pursue and a key to maintaining beer quality. Self-distribution allows us to keep a close eye on our inventory and track how our kegs and bottles move to and at our various accounts. Because of this we’re able to keep our hop forward beers super fresh and allow our bigger beers to properly age. This also provides another opportunity for us to work directly with our accounts to provide them the best possible service and support.”

Random: I can’t wait to have poke in Hawaii.

The beer poured with a three finger, tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark black in color with light, visible carbonation. The nose was filled with smoke, black licorice, anise, cocoa, roasted malts and a touch of vanilla. The taste was also smoky with a generous amount of roasted malts and dark chocolate. It had a weird beef jerky quality to it that I wasn’t okay with, but it went away pretty quickly. It had a surprisingly light body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with smoke and licorice. I don’t remember how much I paid for the bomber since I picked it up at the brewery. I thought this beer was good, but not as outstanding as I’m used to from Kane stouts.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Wedding planning continues to dominate our lives. We’ve picked a photographer, videographer, DJ and dresses. After all the wedding stress, I was excited to crack this beer open.

ABV: 12.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer couldn’t have been done without the help from our friends at High West Distillery in Park City, UT and Chicago’s-own Metropolis Coffee. We brewed a rich, malty Imperial Stout with some of Metropolis’ Spice Island blend, then let it vintag-ize in High West Rye and Bourbon Barrels for up to 17 FREAKING MONTHS. It’s good to have friends!”

Random: I’ve gotten into rye lately. I’m glad it’s getting more popular.

The beer poured with a two finger, light brown head that went away slowly. It left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a crown on top of the inky, black body. There was no carbonation visible because of how dark the beer was. The nose was filled with espresso, cocoa and bourbon. I didn’t pick up rye spice, which was disappointing. The taste started with a lot of espresso as well. Vanilla, booze and bourbon came through next with some smoke and toasted oak. Again, it was missing the spice from the rye, which I was looking forward to. The body was on the thick side, but didn’t get to the point of syrupy. It had light carbonation, making for a good winter sipper. The finish was lengthy and sticky with coffee. I picked this bottle up for $2.50 at my local beer store, which came to $.21 per ounce. I liked this beer, I just wish I picked up more of the rye.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer that I’ve read mixed reviews about. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This one is near and dear to our hearts. Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki wanted to make the birthday of his little sister, Liz, a special one. So he did what he does best and brewed a stout using a few of her favorite ingredients: fresh Michigan blueberries, rich chocolate and vanilla aged in bourbon barrels to round out those beautiful flavors. Liz was floored and we think you will be too.”

Random: Simcoe has finally outgrown Angel.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated slowly and a small crown on top. There was no lacing to speak of. The body was inky black with no carbonation. The nose was jammy, filled with blueberry and cherry preserves. There was some vanilla along with ash. Overall, the nose was incredibly fruity and sweet. The taste started with ash and roasted malts and quickly went into blueberry and strawberry jam with white sugar. There was very little bourbon to the beer except for a touch of woody char at the end. The body was a bit too thin with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet with berries. The bomber set me back $18.49, which came to $.84 per ounce. This beer was intensely sweet and it was hard to have more than one glass. This could easily replace dessert, but I wasn’t a huge fan of it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Happy Sunday! I’m so happy that football is back. I missed it. To celebrate that, let’s review a really hyped beer.

anighttoendalldawns2015

ABV: 12.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Night To End All Dawns is a massive imperial stout aged over a year in bourbon barrels. The extended aging allowed seasonal temperature fluctuations in the barrels to draw bold flavors from the oak that can only develop with time. The heat of the bourbon gave way to a subtle caramel sweetness, and the bold, sharp edges of the roasted malt mellowed and married with notes of vanilla and oak. ABV: 12.4%”

Random: Val is watching “Project Runway: Junior.” It’s even worse than the regular one.

The beer poured with a full finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did however, leave a small crown. The body was an inky black with no visible carbonation due to the dark color. The nose was huge on this beer. It was filled with oak, bourbon and lots of dark chocolate. Coffee came through next with a bitter smell. The taste was a bit softer than the nose. It still had a lot of bitterness and dark chocolate. Bourbon and oak came through next. It was more bitter than all of the other variants. It had a thick and syrupy body with light carbonation. The finish lasted while with chocolate and coffee. Since I’ve been aging this for a long time, I don’t know how much I paid for this one. This was an excellent beer, just not as good as the variants to me.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that I have been cellaring for awhile and was incredibly excited to try. Let’s get to it.

anighttoendalldawns

ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Night To End All Dawns is a massive imperial stout aged over a year in bourbon barrels. The extended aging allowed seasonal temperature fluctuations in the barrels to draw bold flavors from the oak that can only develop with time. The heat of the bourbon gave way to a subtle caramel sweetness, and the bold, sharp edges of the roasted malt mellowed and married with notes of vanilla and oak.”

Random: I have really been getting into Mexican hot chocolate. It’s my favorite thing in the Winter.

The beer poured with less than a finger of light brown head that dissipated slowly and left almost no lacing on the glass. The body was inky black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had cocoa powder, smoke, bourbon and oak. After it warmed for a bit, vanilla came out too. The taste was incredibly smooth. The smoke and bourbon came out first and then transitioned into bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Alcohol warmed the back of my throat, but nothing like the ABV would indicate. Cold press coffee came through as well. The body was thick and syrupy with almost no carbonation. The finish was lengthy with bourbon and smoke. Although I don’t recall exactly how much this beer was, it was perfection in a glass. I’m glad that I have another bottle.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0