Rusty Rail Wolf King

Although the weather is starting to get hotter out, I still find myself enjoying a nice stout. I think they definitely taste better in the Winter, especially when there is some snow on the ground. We didn’t get a lot of snow last year. I didn’t even break out my snow boots once. But, a stout in the Summer still works. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This Imperial Stout is brewed with hints of Warrior One coffee – an organic, shade-grown blend from Costa Rica. Through a partnership with Lycoming College and Golden Valley Farm Coffee Roasters, sales of this coffee help fund study and research opportunities in the developing world. We’re proud to offer a beer that looks and tastes great, but can also help do some good.”

Random: This beer clocks in at 20 IBUs.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of light brown head that was moderate thickness. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black with some carbonation visible. The nose had roasted malt with tons of black coffee and dark chocolate. The taste started with the same roasted malts and bitter black coffee. There was chocolate as well, but the bitterness overwhelmed the chocolate note. The alcohol was more apparent than I would have liked and the body was thick. There was moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with bitter black coffee. I thought this beer was good, just not outstanding. I think it’s still worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

The Bruery Chocolate Rain – Cherry

Since the weather has been nicer, we’ve been leaving the window open (with the screen in) and the cats have enjoyed the breeze and looking at the wildlife. They’re a bit spoiled.

ABV: 19.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “TCHO is a chocolate maker based in Berkeley, California that promotes itself as working with cacao bean farmers and cooperatives to improve growing, fermentation and drying methods. Its factory and headquarters were formerly located on Pier 17 along the Embarcadero, in San Francisco’s historic downtown waterfront district, but are now located in the West Berkeley section of Berkeley, California. In February 2018, it was announced that TCHO will be bought by the Japanese confectionery company Ezaki Glico.”

Random: I’ve had a few different types of TCHO chocolate and really enjoyed them all. I wouldn’t mind having more types from them either. TCHO chocolate was also used in this beer.

The beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that hung around for awhile and left limited lacing on the glass. A small crown was left on the body, which was dark brown with no visible carbonation. The nose was huge on this beer. I got generous amounts of cherry with cocoa as well. I could also pick up on the booze, but at 19.5%, that’s not surprising. The taste was filled with dark chocolate and cherries with booze. After the first few sips, the booze calmed down a bit and some bourbon came out. The body was thick and had light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with dark chocolate and booze and bourbon. This beer was outstanding and one that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Bruery So Happens It’s Tuesday – Mole

Tonight’s beer has me craving Mexican food. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 15%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Two states in Mexico claim to be the origin of mole: Puebla and Oaxaca. The best-known moles are native to these two states, but other regions in Mexico also make various types of mole sauces. Moles come in various flavors and ingredients, with chili peppers as the common ingredient. The classic mole version is the variety called mole poblano, which is a dark red or brown sauce served over meat. The dish has become a culinary symbol of Mexico’s mestizaje, or mixed indigenous and European heritage, both for the types of ingredients it contains and because of the legends surrounding its origin. A common legend of its creation takes place at the Convent of Santa Clara in Puebla early in the colonial period. Upon hearing that the archbishop was going to visit, the convent nuns panicked because they were poor and had almost nothing to prepare. The nuns prayed and brought together the little bits of what they did have, including chili peppers, spices, day-old bread, nuts, and a little chocolate. They killed an old turkey, cooked it and put the sauce on top; the archbishop loved it. When one of the nuns was asked the name of the dish, she replied, ‘I made a mole.’ Mole is an archaic word for mix; now this word mostly refers to the dish, and is rarely used to signify other kinds of mixes in Spanish. A similar version of the story says that monk Fray Pascual invented the dish, again to serve the archbishop of Puebla. In this version, spices were knocked over or blown over into pots in which chicken were cooking. Other versions of the story substitute the viceroy of New Spain, such as Juan de Palafox y Mendoza in place of the archbishop.”

Random: One of the best moles I’ve ever had was in Chicago at Frontera Grill. Once we can travel again, I want to go to Chicago.

The beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head topping a dark brown, almost black body. The head dissipated slowly and left limited lacing on the glass. The nose started with milk chocolate and roasted malts, along with some cinnamon. There was a lot of alcohol as well. The taste had the same milk chocolate note along with cinnamon and some hot pepper as well. There was booze and oak as well. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a sticky finish with hot pepper and cinnamon and chocolate. I thought this beer was exceptional and would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

The Bruery So Happens It’s Tuesday – S’mores

I love s’mores. We have a family reunion every year and at the end of the night, we start a fire pit and make s’mores. It’s one of my favorite things – so a s’more beer is right up my alley.

ABV: 15%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “S’more is a contraction of the phrase
‘some more’. One early published recipe for a s’more is found in a book of recipes published by the Campfire Marshmallows company in the 1920s, where it was called a ‘Graham Cracker Sandwich’. The text indicates that the treat was already popular with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. In 1927, a recipe for ‘Some More’ was published in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. The contracted term ‘s’mores’ appears in conjunction with the recipe in a 1938 publication aimed at summer camps. A 1956 recipe uses the name ‘S’Mores’, and lists the ingredients as ‘a sandwich of two graham crackers, toasted marshmallow and ​1⁄2 chocolate bar’. A 1957 Betty Crocker cookbook contains a similar recipe under the name of ‘s’mores’. The 1958 publication Intramural and Recreational Sports for High School and College makes reference to ‘marshmallow toasts’ and ‘s’mores hikes’ as does its related predecessor, Intramural and Recreational Sports for Men and Women, published in 1949.”

Random: Despite my aversion to sticky foods, I have always enjoyed marshmallows.

This beer poured with a half a finger of brown head that dissipated slowly and only left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black. I didn’t see much carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with roasted malts, chocolate, oak and vanilla. The marshmallow note was minimal on the nose. The taste started with milk chocolate and quickly went into oak and vanilla. There was some maple notes with graham cracker and a touch of marshmallow. The alcohol provided some heat, but not as much as the 15% would imply. The body was thick and carbonation was low. It had a sticky and lengthy finish with chocolate. This beer was exceptional and I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

The Bruery Royal St. Sweets

Tonight’s beer is one from The Bruery. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9.7%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to beeradvocate.com, “This beer was inspired by the artwork in the city and the sweet New Orleans-native treat, Bananas Foster. Royal St. Sweets is an imperial stout brewed with hand-peeled banana, vanilla beans, and fresh cinnamon, creating a flambéed liquid decadence fit for the heart of the French Quarter. Rich with aromas and the taste reminiscent of caramelized bananas, rounded out with smooth vanilla and hints of cinnamon. This beer pours a dark black with a rich, brown head. Creamy and viscous with a full body that won’t stop. Pass a good time avec vos amis, et laissez les bon temps rouler!”

Random: I’ve never been to New Orleans, but want to go. I’d prefer to avoid the Summer, though, because I hate humidity.

The beer poured with a two finger, thick, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black. There was no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose on the beer was exceptionally sweet. There was milk chocolate, banana, vanilla and some smoke as well. The taste was equally sweet. There was a decent amount of roasted malts and milk chocolate up front and quickly went into banana and cinnamon. There was also some vanilla and smoke. There was some booze as well. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a sticky and lengthy finish. I enjoyed this beer, but I could only have one due to the sweetness.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The Bruery Black Tuesday – Port Barrel-Aged

It’s been awhile since I posted. Since I am considered essential, I’ve been working a lot. Until the pandemic is over, I would expect some disturbance in posts. I’m going to try to schedule a few for this week, so let’s get into it.

ABV: 17.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The economy fluctuates. The latest fads inevitably decline. Black Tuesday stands the test of time. This rare release of our storied imperial stout was aged in port wine barrels, adding vinous undertones with notes of berries and chocolate to our favorite day of the week.”

Random: Although I don’t get to have it often, I do enjoy a good glass of port.

The beer poured with almost no head. What was there was cream-colored and disappeared instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown and I couldn’t see much carbonation through it. The nose was filled with dark, roasted malts and dark chocolate. There was a bit of red wine and vanilla as well. The taste was much of the same. It started with big notes of roasted malts, a touch of smoke and dark chocolate. The port wine barrel aging provided some oak and vanilla notes with a sweet red wine. The alcohol was noticeable and given that the ABV was over 17%, not surprising, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The body was thick and chewy with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with port and chocolate. I thought this beer was outstanding and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Bruery Mocha Wednesday

Since I’m considered essential personnel, I’m still going into work everyday. One of the small slivers of positive things about this whole pandemic is that my commute has been cut in half. We’ve been working extended shifts and I’ve been hitting my daily goal of steps before I leave for work everyday, so I’m exhausted and relaxing on the couch. Let’s see how this beer was.

ABV: 19.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mocha Wednesday makes its return! The perfect follow-up to Black Tuesday, this beer adds layers of artisan dark chocolate and bold coffee flavors, especially when consumed fresh, thanks to cacao nibs from San Francisco-based TCHO and freshly roasted coffee from Mostra Coffee.”

Random: Val bought me TCHO chocolate years ago and I really enjoyed it. It had a nice flavor and the dark chocolate was pleasantly bitter.

The beer poured with a one finger, light tan colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black. There was no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts and coffee and dark chocolate. There was some alcohol as well. The taste was remarkably smooth with lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and dark coffee. The alcohol was there and brought some heat, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with coffee and dark chocolate. This was a really strong beer, but had a lot of good flavor. I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Bruery Grey Monday

Obviously, I’ve avoided talking a lot about the global pandemic and it’s because I feel like I need a distraction from it. I work in clinical trial supply, so I’m still going to work every day, but it’s still stressful. So, I’d prefer to talk about beer instead.

ABV: 19.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Grey Monday is a special, limited edition version of our Black Tuesday imperial stout to which we’ve added hazelnuts to the barrels while the beer ages. Originally concocted for a molecular gastronomy dinner at a favorite Orange County restaurant a few years ago, this variation on our already popular stout was an instant hit both among the restaurant diners and our own staff, begging to be brewed again and bottled up.”

Random: One of my favorite candies has dark chocolate and hazelnuts in it.

The beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky dark brown with no carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of dark chocolate and some sugar sweetness that quickly went into some nutella notes. The taste was even better than the nose. There was a lot of dark chocolate and cocoa powder that went into hazelnut notes. There was some vanilla and oak as well with some alcohol warming. The body was thick and heavy and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with dark chocolate and hazelnut. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Bruery Black Tuesday

Tonight’s selection is a beer that I’ve waited years to try. I’m so excited to crack it open, so let’s see how it was.

ABV: 19.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as the Great Crash, was a major stock market crash that occurred in 1929. It started in September and ended late in October, when share prices on the New York Stock Exchange collapsed. It was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States, when taking into consideration the full extent and duration of its aftereffects. The crash, which followed the London Stock Exchange’s crash of September, signaled the beginning of the Great Depression.”

Random: For some reason, I never made the connection between the beer name and the Great Depression.

The beer poured with a small, tan head that was about a quarter of a finger high that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color that was almost black. I could see some carbonation. The nose was filled with vanilla and bourbon and quickly went into dates and plums. The taste was intense. It started with dark chocolate, booze and then went into vanilla, bourbon and dates. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with lots of bourbon and dark chocolate. This beer was outstanding and complex. It isn’t cheap and it gets a lot of hype, but it was definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Bruery Vindictive II

Val and I took a nice, long walk today. Given everything else going on, we’ve been trying to get as much exercise as we possible can. We’re both still going to work everyday, but it’s definitely super stressful. We’ve been trying to avoid the news and just distract ourselves. Anyway, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 16.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “If some of the best wines are blends of several grape varieties, imagine what could be achieved when applied to beer. This Black Tuesday varietal is blended and fermented with must from 75% destemmed and 25% whole cluster Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes from Sans Liege. After nearly a year in oak, this release vanquishes the boundaries between wine and beer.”

Random: I’m starting to watch a series on keeping big cats in Florida. As much as I love cats, I wouldn’t keep big cats outside of a zoo or their habitat.

The beer poured with no head on top of an inky, black head that showed no carbonation whatsoever. The nose had a lot of chocolate, cocoa and some bourbon as well. There was some red wine notes as well with oak and vanilla. The taste started with the same cocoa note, but quickly went into red wine, vanilla and brown sugar. There was a lot of booze and vanilla as well. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with red wine and cocoa powder. This beer was outstanding and I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0