Dark Penance (Founders Brewing Company)

Style: Imperial Black Ale 8.9% ABV 100 IBUs Brewery’s Note: “A heavy malt foundation includes Crystal malt for sweetness and just enough Midnight Wheat malt to push the color to black. The bitterness is huge, but balanced by malt sweetness and alcohol burn. The hop flavors and aromas range from citrus to floral to pine thanks to a delicious blend of hand-selected Chinook and Centennial hops.” … Continue reading Dark Penance (Founders Brewing Company)

100 Barrel Series session 49: Brown IPA (Harpoon Brewing Company)

Style: American Brown Ale 5.6% ABV 60 IBU’s Color: 80 EBC Brewed On: January 2014 Brewer: John Cataldo – Quality Team, Boston, MA Brewer’s Note: “John wanted to take our ongoing exploration of IPAs in a completely new direction, layering classic American hops over the malty base of a rich brown ale. Sweet, roasted notes of chocolate and honey malts combine with the pine and … Continue reading 100 Barrel Series session 49: Brown IPA (Harpoon Brewing Company)

Weez (Maine Beer Company)

7.2% ABV Style: American Black Bitter Ale O.G.: 1.07 Malt: Maris Otter, American 2-Row, Munich, C-80, Chocolate, Flaked Wheat, Black Barley, Midnight Wheat. Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Citra, Simcoe Bottled On: 06/11/13 Brewer’s Note: “This beer is dedicated to all the stray cats out there.  Our tasting room helps fund a local shelter that is dedicated to finding warm homes for every cat that comes it’s … Continue reading Weez (Maine Beer Company)

Smuttynose Short Batch #18: Durty (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: India Brown Ale or India Black Ale 8.4% ABV 55 IBU’s Malts: North American 2-Row, Munich 10L, Chocolate, C-60, Brown Hops: Bittering- Polaris, Flavor- Nugget, Dry Hop- Simcoe Yeast: American Ale Yeast Batch Size: 106 logs, 69 cases Bottle 543 of 828 Brewer’s Notes: Get the story here. My local beer shop, the wonderful Bogie’s Beer and Wine of Beverly, happened to be one … Continue reading Smuttynose Short Batch #18: Durty (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Wookey Jack (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)

Style: American Rye Black Ale/Black Rye IPA 8.3% ABV 60 IBU’s Color 100 Fermentation: 100% Stainless Steel Malts:  Pale Malt, Malted Rye, Dash of Cara-Rye, Midnight Wheat from Briess, De-Bittered Black Malt (Weyermann – Germany/Patagonia malting – Chile), Dash of Wookey dust Hops:  German Magnum (bittering), Citra & Amarillo (flavor/aroma and double dry-hopped)   The bottle is much like the Double Jack bottle, the only … Continue reading Wookey Jack (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)

Heavy Seas Black Cannon

Appearance: Pours a reddened brown black with a thick creamy almost maple syrup colored head and a thick and runny lacing. Smell: Malty sweet up front with a slight bitter tinge in the back of the smell.  The smell is definitely soft for an IPA, though it’s black characteristics suggest a stronger malt flavoring. Taste: Smoked malts hit you pretty fast.  It’s wonderfully smokey like … Continue reading Heavy Seas Black Cannon