Common Roots Coffee Cup

Val recently purchased some new coffee from one of our favorite places. They make a Horchata coffee that she cools down for iced coffee. It’s my new favorite thing. There’s no good coffee places by my job. I’m stuck with either getting Wawa or Dunkin’ Donuts, neither of which I’m a huge fan of. The one good thing about living or working in a city is having a good coffee shop. I guess I’ll just have to suffer.

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A double coffee stout made with cold brew coffee and flavors of chocolate and caramel.”

Random: The website says that this a collaboration beer, but doesn’t say who the collaboration is with.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of tan head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave much lacing on the glass, but left a small crown. The body was dark brown, almost black. Due to the color, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was very earthy with lots of dark coffee. There was a nuttiness to the beer as well. The taste started with very strong espresso notes. It transitioned into dark chocolate and lactose. Vanilla notes came through next. The booze made a slight appearance, but was relatively well-integrated. The body was on the heavy side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with coffee. I picked up the pounder can for $4.75, which came to $.30 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer and if you like strong coffee, I think you’ll enjoy it too.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

Val and I went to our local pub awhile ago for dinner. They have amazing food and a great beer selection, but their ambiance leaves a lot to be desired. On this night that we went, they had the super-rare CBS on tap.

ABV: 11.7%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “CBS was born when we stumbled upon some bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup. We opted to put the same base beer as KBS, an imperialized version of Breakfast Stout, in the maple barrels and, after one taste, we knew we had something special. Rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate meld together in what can only be described as a transcendental drinking experience.”

Random: I’ve been waiting to find this beer for years.

The beer poured with half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly. It left some limited lacing on the taster glass. The body was an inky brownish-black with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts, chocolate, maple syrup and dark coffee. The taste was super smooth and velvety. It had very little booze up front, but had lots of dark coffee with a touch of nuttiness. It was quickly followed up by some smoke and then maple syrup sweetness. Coffee and chocolate came through next with vanilla and bourbon. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with bourbon. This beer is absolutely hype-worthy and if you can get your hands on it, definitely do.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Beau’s Wild Oats Series No. 1 – Matt’s Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout

This bottle was picked out by Val because the label was adorable. Let’s see how the contents inside were.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Matt’s Sleepy Time is an imperial stout that has been fermented with Belgian Ale yeast, and aged on oak staves. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla are complemented with a blend of German and New Zealand hops, and a true Belgian character in the finish. History & Style – The Imperial Stout style is brewed to weigh-in high on alcohol, with the roasted character typical of a stout. The Beau’s brew team adds a stylistic twist by fermenting Matt’s Sleepy Time with Belgian ale yeast, imparting a noticeable fruitiness and mild banana flavour, as well as hinting at a spicy, peppery character not typical of a stout. Matt’s Sleepy Time became the first-ever Beau’s Wild Oats release in 2010. Tasting Notes – Black in colour, with a medium-full body. Tastes of mocha and dried raisins or figs with mild spicy, peppery notes, and a lingering, warming alcohol finish. Hints of vanilla come courtesy of the rest on oak staves.”

Random: This beer comes in at 38 IBUs.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger, light tan head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was black in color with no visible carbonation. The nose started with dark chocolate, black coffee and some plums. The taste started with the same dark chocolate and black coffee. There were also notes of some Belgian yeast and spice. Some raisins and plums came through as well. The body was on the thick side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with chocolate. I picked the bottle up for $9.99, which came to $.45 per ounce. I thought this beer was alright, I just wanted to see a bit more complexity from it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Raspberry Umami

This beer is one that Val picked out, since she really liked the Biscotti Break series. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 11.5%

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: The brewery had no information about this beer on their website.

The brew poured with less than a finger of tan head that went away by the time I went to take the picture. The body was an inky black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with milk chocolate, espresso and raspberry extract at the end. The taste was interesting. It had the milk chocolate and espresso that I picked up in the nose, but also had this umami characteristic that was difficult to describe. The raspberry note was stronger than the nose, but was definitely towards to side of extract. The booze was heavy on this one. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with raspberry and chocolate. A bomber of this was $15.99, which came to $.73 per ounce. I thought this beer was interesting, but given how high the price point was, I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Evil Twin You’re In The Jungle Baby!

One of my regrets from when I was assigned to an Ohio location at my old post was not getting out to Jackie O’s. I guess I’ll have to make another trip out there.

ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to mybeerbuzz.blogspot.com, “This morning we get to see another new brew coming from Evil Twin. This is You’re In The Jungle Baby! and it is an imperial stout with mixe pasilla chili, honey, mandarin peel and jaguar cocoa added. This beer is inspired by a ‘mind blowing dessert created by a Nordic eatery that popped up in the middle of the Mexican jungle.’ The beer will hit 12%-AbV and it will be packaged in 12oz cans at Dorchester Brewing in Boston, MA.”

Random: I’m a sucker for a chili pepper stout.

The beer poured a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. It had a one finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The nose had notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate and chili peppers. There was some cocoa powder as well. The taste had a bit more depth than the nose. I picked up the same notes of roasted malts and dark chocolate, along with nutmeg and cinnamon. Chili peppers were there, but not abrasive. There was a slight sweetness from the honey, along with cocoa powder. The booze was prevalent on this beer. The body was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with roasted malts and booze. A can of this was $4.25, which came to $.35 per ounce. This was a bit pricey for what it was, but I’m glad I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Terrapin Tart Cherry W-n-B

Tonight’s beer is one that I aged for awhile and has been retired for a bit now. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to beerstreetjournal, “The base beer is an oatmeal imperial stout, brewed with a special coffee blend from Athens, Georgia roaster Jittery Joes. (The coffee blend is actually available for purchase as well.) The brewery has spiked the stout with Montmorency cherry juice. When life gives us cherries, we make ‘Tart Cherry W-n-B.’ Brewed with real Montmorency cherry juice from the USA, and freshly roasted ‘Wake and Bake’ coffee from Jittery Joe’s, this version of our classic Coffee Oatmeal Stout takes on an impeccable fruit forward dimension. Other editions of Wake-n-Bake include Cinnamon Roll’d, that has been released a few times in the past, as well as French Toast W-n-B. This year, the brewery will can the base Wake-n-Bake for the first time. Terrapin Tart Cherry Wake-n-Bake will be a 22 ounce bottle and draft release in December, 2016.”

Random: We got a waffle maker for a wedding present and use it almost every weekend.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head. It took awhile to go away and left generous lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black. There was no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with the normal notes of an imperial stout. It had roasted malts, cocoa and lots of coffee. It also had a pleasant note of cherries. The taste was rich with lots of cocoa powder and strong coffee. There were also tart cherries and some booze, which could have been better integrated. The cherry note was intense and very, very tart. The body of the beer was intense and very heavy with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with tart cherries and booze. I paid $12.99 for this, which came to $.77 per ounce. I’m glad I got to try this beer, but the tart cherry overtook the other nuanced flavors. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break

Today’s beer is one that I had been on the hunt for. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10.5%

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 getting to be late for stout season. Soon, I’ll need to transition to warmer weather beers.

This beer poured with a one and a half finger of dark brown head on top of an inky, black body. Due to the color, there was no visible carbonation. I let the beer warm for a few minutes before getting into it. When I did, the nose had notes of cinnamon, milk chocolate shavings, almonds and a touch of chili pepper and smoke for good measure. The taste started with smoke and milk chocolate. It quickly went into almond milk, vanilla and chili pepper. There was cinnamon and nutmeg present as well. The booze made a slight appearance at the end. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cinnamon and chili peppers. I picked up this bottle for $14.99, which came to $.68 per ounce, which was definitely on the more expensive side. Despite this, I thought it had really good flavor and would pick this up again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0