Bolero Snort El Moochador

I’ve never been a fan of wrestling, but the art on the label for this beer was super cute. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 11%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The newest big boy in our stout line up 💪 El Moochador 🇲🇽 Stepping into the ring at 11%, this imperial Stout was conditioned on cinnamon 🍫 cocoa ☕️ coffee 🍦 vanilla and a blend of 🌶 Ancho, Guajillo, Mulato and Pasilla peppers. Are you ready to rumbull?!? Limited 12oz cans + draft in NJ. Extremely limited PA/MA.”

Random: Why are all of the emojis necessary?!?

This beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black, that no light could get through. There was no carbonation visible as a result. The nose was filled with milk chocolate, hot peppers and cinnamon and coffee. There was also a sweet vanilla note as well. The taste was much of the same. I picked up a lot of sweetness with chocolate and cocoa powder. Cinnamon and nutmeg came through next, along with a slight heat from the peppers. I really wish there was a bit more heat. The alcohol was really noticeable to me and I wish it was toned down a bit. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with chocolate and alcohol. I enjoyed this beer, but I wish the rough edges were smoothed out a bit. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Bolero Snort Moodoo Doll

I bought this one on a recommendation at the beer store. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The link between this magical practice and Voodoo was established through the presentation of the latter in Western popular culture during the first half of the 20th century. In this, the myth of this magical practice being closely linked to Voodoo and Vodou was promoted as part of the wider negative depictions of blacks and Afro-Caribbean religious practices in the United States. In John Houston Craige’s 1933 book Black Bagdad: The Arabian Nights Adventures of a Marine Captain in Haiti, he described a Haitian prisoner sticking pins into an effigy to induce illness. Its use also appeared in film representations of Haitian Vodou such as Victor Halperin’s 1932 White Zombie and Jacques Tourneur’s 1943 I Walked with a Zombie. In the 1975 film, Lisztomania, a voodoo doll is used, resembling Franz Liszt. In the 1984 film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, a voodoo doll is used, resembling Indiana Jones. By the early 21st century, the image of the voodoo doll had become particularly pervasive. It had become a novelty item available for purchase, with examples being provided in vending machines in British shopping centres, and an article on ‘How to Make a Voodoo Doll’ being included on WikiHow. A voodoo doll had also been included in the 2009 animated Disney movie, The Princess and the Frog.”

Random: I’ve never seen “The Princess and the Frog.”

This beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color. Since it was so dark, I couldn’t see the carbonation. The nose was exactly like cake. It had a lot of chocolate, cocoa powder and cinnamon on the nose. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of chocolate with some booze. Cinnamon came through with some lemon zest. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with chocolate. I liked this beer, I just wish the alcohol wasn’t as hot. I’d be interested to give it a shot after a year of aging.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Victory Java Cask Gold

One of my favorite times of the year is the start of baseball season. This year is even more exciting because the Phillies had a ridiculous offseason of pickups, most notably, Bryce Harper. J.T. Realmulto is no slouch either. Assuming everyone stays healthy, we have a really good shot at successful season. It’s definitely an exciting time to be a Phillies fan.

ABV: 11.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Packed with One Village Coffee’s ‘Legend’ dark roast, cut with oats, brown sugar, milk, and cocoa then elevated further with 7 months aging in Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Barrels.”

Random: This is a seasonal offering from Victory.

This beer poured with a fluffy, slightly off white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a medium brown color and clear. There was some carbonation visible in the glass. The nose started with bourbon and vanilla. It quickly went into milk chocolate and a sweet, caramel note. Coffee was present as well. The taste was even more complex. The same bourbon notes were there, along with vanilla. A touch of smoke complemented the cocoa powder and brown sugar. Coffee came through next and worked with all of the other flavors. The body was medium thickness with light carbonation. The alcohol was well-integrated into the beer. It had a lengthy finish with bourbon barrel and vanilla. I thought this beer was outstanding. The bourbon barrel notes didn’t overwhelm the more delicate flavors of the beer. This beer is worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Flying Fish IPC Irish Potato Candy

As soon as the Flyers announced they were having a Stadium Series against the Penguins this year, I knew we needed to go. It also happened to be our anniversary weekend and I know my wife wanted nothing more than to sit outside and watch hockey and get rained on (there is some definite sarcasm there). But, she was a good sport, even though she had a nasty chest cold and we took an extra day in the city and went to the spa.

ABV: 10.3%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer is based off the traditional Philadelphia confection of Irish Potato Candy. We highlight this Imperial Stout with coconut and hints of cinnamon to celebrate the season. Enjoy this unique offering while it lasts.”

Random: This beer is available in cans and on tap for a limited time.

This beer poured with less than a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with roasted malts, coconut, milk chocolate and cinnamon. There was some toffee as well. The taste started with lots of coconut upfront, but not enough to be overwhelming. The toffee and notes of caramel came through next. Vanilla and milk chocolate were present as well. The alcohol was well-hidden. The body was thick and chewy with silkiness and light carbonation. It had a long finish with coconut. Having never had the candy that this beer is doing an homage to, I didn’t know what to expect, but this beer was spectacular. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Bolero Snort The Bull Abides

As a 20-something, I loved the movie “The Big Lebowski.” This beer is obviously a play on the whole White Russian thing from the movie. I’ve never had a White Russian, so I really don’t know what to expect. Although I haven’t had a lot of Bolero Snort beers, I wanted to give it a shot. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 11%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Can #2 and for the first time in aluminum 🎳 THE BULL ABIDES 🥃 11% Imperial White Russian Stout 💥 Loaded up with oats and a varietal of roasted and chocolate malts this thick and luscious stout was conditioned on a bowling bags worth of cocoa nibs 🍫 Madagascar vanilla 🍦 coffee ☕️ and milk sugar 🥛 Just like mixing the perfect cocktail. Far out ✌️”

Random: I really do not like the emojis on the website. I guess that makes me old.

The beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was almost black with light carbonation visible, despite the color of the beer. The nose was filled with instant coffee and milk chocolate and hazelnuts. The taste had a bit more depth. I picked up cocoa powder, vanilla, lactose, hazelnuts and the same instant coffee. The alcohol was noticeable and the body was thick and chewy. It had a lengthy finish with cocoa powder and vanilla. I’ve never had a White Russian, but the flavors on this were quite good. I really enjoyed this and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Evil Twin Even More Pecan Pie Jesus

I’ve never really enjoyed pecan pie. I’ve always found it too sticky and sweet. I’m not sure why I thought I should get this beer, but I did…

ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We Have All good intentions to disturb, disorder and enlighten you with unforgettable beer after beer. Because We are so much in love with good taste, all the beers from Evil Twin are prepared in 10 of the best breweries around the world. Exclusively hand picked to please you with delicate, funky, extreme and by all means rare flavors. Maybe not the easiest way, but certainly the most fun!!! One More Thing A clever man once said: ‘Stay thirsty… stay foolish.’ That sounds like our vision, just with a tad less attitude.”

Random: It’s been awhile since I had an Evil Twin. A lot of them are just ridiculously expensive, so I walk away from them in the beer store.

The beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black, with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was incredibly sweet. I picked up a lot of milk chocolate as well as pecans covered in brown sugar and some booze. The taste was ridiculously sweet. It had a lot of milk chocolate, molasses and sugary pecans with some maple syrup. The booze was present and didn’t help with the overwhelming sweetness. The body was heavy with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet. I’m glad I tried this beer, but I won’t be having it again. It was way too sweet.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Two Roads Saigon Scooter Selfie

Tonight’s beer is one that I picked up awhile back. It’s a collaboration between Two Roads and Evil Twin.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Two Roads Brewing Co has joined forces with Evil Twin Brewing yet again with the release of Two Evil’s Saigon Scooter Selfie, a Vietnamese-Style Coffee Stout! For our latest Two Evil collaborative brew, Two Roads’ Master Brewer Phil Markowski and Evil Twin’s Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso sampled and became enamored with a popular Vietnamese coffee drink called ‘Ca Phe Sua Da’ (cah-fe sah dah). Thick and decadent, like a coffee milkshake, it was the inspiration for this Vietnamese-style Coffee Stout. Jeppe and Phil traveled to the chaotic, scooter packed streets of Saigon to meet up with good friends at Heart of Darkness Brewery. It was there that the brewers created the first batch of this collaborative beer. Rich, thick mouthfeel gives way to lush sweetness with hint of coffee character followed by notes of cream, toffee and vanilla. To celebrate the release of Saigon Scooter Selfie, we’ll be hosting a free Meet The Brewers event at Two Roads’ Stratford, CT brewery with Jeppa and Phil on Nov. 29. The event begins at 5:30 pm where we hope can raise a glass (or can), snap a selfie and enjoy a taste of Vietnam!”

Random: I really like coffee drinks and coffee beers are my favorite in Winter.

The beer poured with a two finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with some visible carbonation. The nose was filled with lightly roasted coffee and cinnamon. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of coffee and cinnamon. Smoke came through next. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cinnamon. I thought this was a nice beer that would pair well with a dessert. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0