Archive for the ‘American Double/Imperial Stout’ Category

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

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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

It’s not really stout weather, but I love SingleCut beers. I’m starting to see distribution of their beers increase, especially in the Philadelphia area. Although I typically have their hoppy beers, I had to see what they did with a big stout.

heavybootsoflead

ABV: 11.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our biggest beer to date, created in the great magnetic field. Super complex richness of mega-chocolate, roast, vanilla and coffee in a smooth, ester overtoned monster of a brew. We’ll be aging this for 8 months and releasing it in Winter of ’15.”

Random: I keep asking Val why we don’t watch “Mr. Robot” and apparently we keep DVRing it and deleting it because we never have time to watch it.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black with no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose had some wood, smoke, roasted malts, and espresso. It also had a lot of dark chocolate shavings. The taste had a sweetness that reminded me of maple syrup, although I don’t think there is any in the beer. It had ash and smoke with light alcohol that was quickly followed up by bitter dark chocolat.e It had a thick and chewy body with some booze warming and light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and bitter with wood ash and dark chocolate. This bomber set me back $10 ($.45 per ounce), which was on the more expensive side, but completely worth it. The only downfall? Now I have to search for the barrel aged version.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that gets rave reviews on all of the beer review blogs that I read. When it first came out, it was difficult to find. They released more of it and I found one bottle hanging out on the shelf and decided to pick it up. I stuck it in the cellar for a few months before I pulled it out to give it a shot.

vanillabeanstout

ABV: 10.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel and molasses to round out this luxuriously silky stout.”

Random: People at Motor Vehicles are generally not happy. I had to go there recently and everyone was so unhappy.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head. It went away dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of cocoa powder, dark chocolate and espresso. It had a touch of vanilla bean and some booze. The taste had a decent amount of sweetness up front. It also had some vanilla extract and bitter dark chocolate. Espresso came through next. The booze was present, but not offensive. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with dark chocolate and espresso. A bomber of this was $14.99, which broke down to $.68 per ounce. This was an expensive beer, but quite good. I just wish it had more vanilla.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

As I was eating my quesadilla, in between updating blog posts, one of my cats decided to investigate. Instead of trying to take some of my steak or chicken quesadilla, he decided to put his nose into the hot sauce. This caused him to sneeze, at which time, I had to pick him up and try to clean his nose as he was sneezing. He struggled a little bit, but I think I got most of the hot sauce off of him. It’s never a dull moment in this house. Anyways, let’s get to the beer, which I had out in Ohio.

onfleek

ABV: 13%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big, overhyped imperial stouts, amirite? This one on fleek tho. The most amazing collaboration ever with Casita Cerveceria.”

Random: Whenever I have a big stout like this, it makes me crave chocolate milk.

The beer poured with a one finger, light brown head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the plastic cup. The body was an inky black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was very fragrant with dark chocolate, oatmeal, prunes and some alcohol. The taste was filled with dark chocolate up front and quickly transitioned into coffee. It also had prunes, alcohol and cocoa powder. At the end of the sip, there was some tobacco and anise. The body was thick and oily with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with licorice and roasted malts. I enjoyed this beer, although the anise flavor was a bit too pronounced for my personal taste.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0