Tonight’s beer is from Trader Joe’s store brands that they contract brew. Let’s see how it was.
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout
Trivia: According to wisconsinstatejournal.com, “There’s only one Waunakee in the world, and there’s only one brewery in Waunakee that could make a pineapple IPA for a nationwide chain of grocery stores. Having ‘Waunakee, WI’ on the side of the bottles of Campanology Brewing beer sold at Trader Joe’s 700-plus stores from coast to coast is a nice little bump on the national radar for a nice little suburb of Madison. Isaac Showaki, owner of Octopi Brewing in Waunakee, declined to confirm that his brewery was making the three Trader Joe’s-exclusive beers Campanology has released so far. But unless Lone Girl Brewing, Waunakee’s other brewery, scaled up quickly and added some impressive equipment, it’s a pretty easy deduction to make — even without the federal label approvals that list Octopi and Campanology on the same documents.”
Random: One of the guys I work with makes his own hot sauces and grows his own chilis in the Summer. Maybe next year I will get into that.
The beer poured with less than a finger of tan-colored head. It dissipated slowly, but only left some lacing on the side of the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black. I couldn’t see any carbonation through it. The nose was filled with roasted malt, cocoa powder, chili peppers and cinnamon. The taste started with dark chocolate and roasted malts with some smoke. The beer quickly showed notes of cinnamon and chili peppers that provided a pleasant, but not overwhelming heat. The body was on the thick side with moderate carbonation. The alcohol was present, but not overwhelming. The finish was sticky and lengthy with heat left over from the hot peppers. Since Val picked this up from Trader Joe’s, I’m not sure how much it was, but their beers are never expensive. It wasn’t the best beer I’ve had from the style, but was certainly solid. I would have this again.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0