Archive for the ‘American Double/Imperial Stout’ Category

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

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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

Since it’s Winter, it’s all about the stouts for me. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The pecan tree is a large deciduous tree, growing to 20–40 m (66–131 ft) in height, rarely to 44 m (144 ft). It typically has a spread of 12–23 m (39–75 ft) with a trunk up to 2 m (6.6 ft) diameter. A 10-year-old sapling will stand about 5 m (16 ft) tall. The leaves are alternate, 30–45 cm (12–18 in) long, and pinnate with 9–17 leaflets, each leaflet 5–12 cm (2.0–4.7 in) long and 2–6 cm (0.79–2.36 in) broad. A pecan, like the fruit of all other members of the hickory genus, is not truly a nut, but is technically a drupe, a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk. The husks are produced from the exocarp tissue of the flower, while the part known as the nut develops from the endocarp and contains the seed. The husk itself is aeneous, that is, brassy greensh-gold in color, oval to oblong in shape, 2.6–6 cm (1.0–2.4 in) long and 1.5–3 cm (0.59–1.18 in) broad. The outer husk is 3–4 mm (0.12–0.16 in) thick, starts out green and turns brown at maturity, at which time it splits off in four sections to release the thin-shelled nut.”

Random: I’m not a huge fan of pecan pie. It’s too sweet for me.

The beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head. It dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with roasted malts and roasted pecans with some caramel. There is also notes of coffee and dark chocolate. I didn’t pick up any smoke. The taste started with roasted malts and dark chocolate. It transitioned into roasted pecans, molasses, toffee and caramel. It also had a black coffee note. The booze was undetectable. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and nutty. This was another beer that I received as a gift, but given how good this was, I would happily pay for a few of these to age. This beer is highly recommended.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

I’ve walked past this beer a few times, but I needed to try it, since I love mole inspired beers.

ABV: 11.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Let’s move beyond the concept of grabbing a beer, and reach for something bigger. Share This beer and be part of helping friends become mobile for the first time in Mexico – the source and inspiration of select ingredients in this beer. Each release in our Share This series spotlights unique ingredients and an important cause. Share This: Mole is a mole-inspired imperial stout collaboration with Chef Anne Conness, featuring ancho chilies, chipotle peppers, cinnamon, vanilla and cacao nibs. For each bottle we produce, Free Wheelchair Mission receives one dollar.”

Random: The best mole that I ever had was in Chicago at Frontera Grill.

The beer poured with a full finger of light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation. The nose was what I expected: cocoa powder, lots of chili peppers and cinnamon. I didn’t pick up much vanilla, but that’s a scent that tends to get overwhelmed. The taste had a bit more depth. It had dark cocoa powder, cinnamon and vanilla. It had some chili pepper, but not enough for my preference. There was also some smoke as well and a touch of booze. The body was thick, bordering on syrupy and had light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with dark chocolate and cinnamon. I picked up the bomber for $16.99, which came to $.77 per ounce, which was on the pricey side (as Bruery beers tends to be). Despite the price, I thought this was a really good beer, especially for a winter night. If you like these flavors, it’s worth picking up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Westbrook was one of the breweries that I visited while I was in South Carolina a few years ago. I tried a bunch of their gose variants, which were good (and given the fact that it was humid as all get out, went down very easily), but I really wanted to try one of their stouts. I also haven’t gotten my hands on Mexican Cake, but I guess this will do…for now.

ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: This was released in 22 ounce bombers and on tap.

Random: Our cats are obsessed with ping-pong balls. They use them to play cat soccer and hit the ball to each other. It’s very cute. Sometimes, they even hit them back to us.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark black in color with no visible carbonation. On the nose, I picked up dark chocolate, licorice and a touch of molasses. There was some coffee as well with a lot of bitter malt. The taste started with some booze and lightly burnt chocolate. It had black licorice, smoke and some tobacco. The body was thick and chewy. It had just enough carbonation. The finish lasted for awhile and had a lot of chocolate and licorice. I picked this bomber up for $11, which came to $.50 per ounce. This beer was on the expensive side, but had great flavor to it and I’m glad I gave it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val and I are working on booking our honeymoon. We’re trying to decide between the Big Island and Maui on Hawaii. Both are great options. We’re definitely going to visit some breweries either way.

ABV: 10.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The main principle of our brewing philosophy at Kane Brewing Company is a relentless focus on beer quality and improvement. This focus is not limited to the brew house, but to the entire process from our grain to your glass. In New Jersey we are fortunate enough to have the right to self-distribute our beers within state borders. Early on we made a conscious decision that this was the road we were going to pursue and a key to maintaining beer quality. Self-distribution allows us to keep a close eye on our inventory and track how our kegs and bottles move to and at our various accounts. Because of this we’re able to keep our hop forward beers super fresh and allow our bigger beers to properly age. This also provides another opportunity for us to work directly with our accounts to provide them the best possible service and support.”

Random: I can’t wait to have poke in Hawaii.

The beer poured with a three finger, tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark black in color with light, visible carbonation. The nose was filled with smoke, black licorice, anise, cocoa, roasted malts and a touch of vanilla. The taste was also smoky with a generous amount of roasted malts and dark chocolate. It had a weird beef jerky quality to it that I wasn’t okay with, but it went away pretty quickly. It had a surprisingly light body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with smoke and licorice. I don’t remember how much I paid for the bomber since I picked it up at the brewery. I thought this beer was good, but not as outstanding as I’m used to from Kane stouts.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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