Archive for the ‘American Double/Imperial Stout’ Category

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.”

Random: The cats are not enjoying “Into The Woods.” They don’t like all of the loud sounds.

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

I always open a special bottle of beer for my birthday and this year, it happened to be this one. I picked this beer up in Philly and let it cellar for awhile. Let’s see how it was.

abyss

ABV: 12.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate. As for the great ‘drink it now or let it age’ debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure after a year or more in the cellar.”

Random: After I found this beer in Philly after searching for years for a bottle, I kept finding it everywhere.

This beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly. It left very little lacing on my snifter glass. The body was an inky black color with no visible carbonation due to how dark the color was. On the nose, I got dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco and black licorice. This was a complex beer for sure. The taste was filled with vanilla and bourbon up front. The black licorice came through as well, but it wasn’t as strong as the nose. It also had a lot of bitter espresso and dark chocolate. There was a small amount of booze warming at the end. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with licorice and espresso. This was not a cheap beer at $22.99 for the bomber, which broke down to $1.05 per ounce. Despite the hefty pricetag, I would definitely have this beer again. It was perfection in a glass.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

So, I’ve spent a month in Ohio, covering another site. Since you won’t read this until January, I’ll probably be at a different site by then. One of the positive aspects is that I have been getting a lot of frequent flyer miles on American since I leave every weekend. I’ve also been exploring the beer scene here in my very small amount of spare time, which I’ll go into in some other posts. This beer though, is a NYC original. Let’s see how it was.

vexed

ABV: 12.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Light bodied but intensely rich, Vexed challenges the concept of a traditional stout. Unconventionally combining the refreshing qualities of a Saison with an Imperial Stout aged on coffee, cacao, vanilla, cinnamon, and oak. Highly controversial and much debated, vexed will leave your thoughts in turmoil.”

Random: Their label art is super cool on this one.

This beer poured with a one finger, off white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had notes of deep smoke, cedar and freshly brewed espresso. The taste was much lighter than I expected for the style. It had the expected roasted malts and espresso, but also had a light wood characteristic. It also had a marked yeast note with some wood ash as well. The carbonation on the beer was light and the body was medium thickness. It made this beer very dangerous, especially since I couldn’t pick up the booze. The flavor lasted awhile with smoke and dark chocolate. This was not a cheap beer at $22 a bomber ($1 per ounce). Despite the price, I’m glad I got to give it a shot and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I took a trip out to this brewery awhile back and picked up a few bombers from them after having a sampler paddle. This was one of the beers I didn’t try on tap, but was interested in reviewing.

buffalonickel

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Buffalo Nickel is our Stout that has been aging in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels for the last 4 months, and is finally ready to be enjoyed by the public. We will be pouring our first much anticipated glasses this Saturday Feb. 13th.”

Random: I used to collect coins as a child. I don’t know what happened to them.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It left a small crown on top of the body. The body itself was a dark brown that you couldn’t see through and there was no carbonation visible as a result. The nose had roasted malts, coffee and some vanilla and bourbon. It didn’t have as much oak or bourbon as I would have thought or wanted. The taste had a lot more bourbon than the nose. It had vanilla and roasted malts, but not a lot of coffee. It had a certain sweetness from the chocolate as well. Oak and some smoke came through. All of the flavors were a bit muddled and didn’t transition overly well. The body was thick and sticky, as to be expected. It had light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with oak and roasted malts. A bottle of this was $14.99, which came to $.68 per ounce. I thought that was expensive given that this beer seemed to need a little more refining. I liked this beer and drank it with no issues and I would have it again, but I won’t search for it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0