25th Anniversary Ale (Long Trail Brewing Company)

Style: Blended Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 9.0% ABV 65 IBU’s Brewery’s Note: “Crafted to commemorate 25 years of brewing, Long Trail’s limited edition 25th Anniversary Ale is a barrel-aged stout that weighs in at 9% ABV./ We blended a bourbon barrel-aged batch of our recently retired Brewmaster Series Imperial Porter with a rye whiskey barrel-aged iteration of Culmination, our dark chocolate porter released under the Brush & Barrel Series./ … Continue reading 25th Anniversary Ale (Long Trail Brewing Company)

My Blueberry Nightmare (Birrificio Del Ducato)

Style: Sour Stout aged in Whiskey barrels with blueberries and hot chili 9.4% ABV Batch #3 Brewery’s Note: “A special one time creation that truly lives up to its name. The base is a Stout brewed with hot chili peppers that has been aged for almost 2 years with blueberries & pediococcus./It is opaque black in color with just a touch of carbonation. Quite acidic … Continue reading My Blueberry Nightmare (Birrificio Del Ducato)

2014 Velvet Merkin (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)

Style: bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout 8.5% ABV 33 IBU’s SRM: 80 Fermentation: British Ale (House) Malts: Maris Otter, 2-Row Pale, Roast Barley, English Dark Caramel, Medium Caramel, Carafa Malt, Oats (15%) Hops: 100% US Grown Fuggle Hops Brewery’s Note: “Our decadent Oatmeal Stout lovingly aged in Bourbon barrels.  Beautiful chocolate, espresso and vanilla-bourbon aromas hold your nose hostage.  Rich dark chocolate truffle, bourbon and … Continue reading 2014 Velvet Merkin (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)

Black Ops Brooklyn Brewing Company

Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 10.5% ABV Brewery’s Note: “Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist. However, if it did exist, it would be a strong stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone else at the brewery. The myth is that this supposed “Black Ops” was then aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast. Presumably such a … Continue reading Black Ops Brooklyn Brewing Company

Smuttlabs: The Stallion (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: Imperial Stout 11.0% ABV Bottled On: 2/3/15 From: Hampton, NH They don’t leave notes. The beer pours like thick, sludgy coffee. Light makes it through the thin stream as it flows into the glass, but it definitely struggles in doing so. The beer sits in the glass as a deep, brooding black, like that heartless stallion that can’t be tamed… The beer forms a … Continue reading Smuttlabs: The Stallion (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Vendel Imperial Stout (Kelsen Brewing Company)

Style: Imperial Coffee Stout 9.4% ABV 50 IBU’s OG: 1.093 45 SRM From: Derry, NH Brewery’s Note: “Dark and luscious, Vendel Imperial Stout is a big roasty beer with a wonderful aroma of coffee and dark chocolate emanating from its light brown head.  Brewed with flaked oats for a creamy, satisfying mouthfeel, you’ll experience flavors of dark-roasted coffee and rich, bittersweet chocolate. Vendel’s recipe includes Sumatra coffee … Continue reading Vendel Imperial Stout (Kelsen Brewing Company)

PM Dawn (Trillium Brewing Company)

Style: Imperial Coffee Stout brewed with cold brewed Aceh coffee from Barrington Coffee Roasting Company 9.0% ABV From: Boston, MA Breweries Note: ? Coffee Roaster’s Notes: “Syrupy body and low acidity with chocolate, black cherry and subtle earthy flavors. This coffee is grown by members of the Gayo Linge Organic Coffee Cooperative in the highlands of the Aceh Province in Northern Sumatra. Gayo Linge is a … Continue reading PM Dawn (Trillium Brewing Company)

Smuttlabs Rye Stout (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: Irish Dry Stout with Rye 6.1% ABV From: Portsmouth, NH The beer pours into my Smuttlabs graduated cylinder/strange glass as a dark, properly chocolate black. Cool glass concept, and thank goodness Smuttlabs is pumping out kolschs…? A small head of pebble-like bubbles the color of dark, wet sand forms above the beer and slowly withers away, leaving slick and slimy sheets of lacing. In … Continue reading Smuttlabs Rye Stout (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Christmas Bomb! (Prairie Artisan Ales)

Style: Imperial Stout brewed with Spices 11.5% ABV From: Krebs, OK Brewery’s Note: “This beer is the amazing base beer we all know and love with the addition of Christmas spices. With the weather starting to cool off and the leaves changing colors, I can’t think of a better beer for the season.” Admittedly, I have never had Bomb!, so the obvious comparisons cannot be … Continue reading Christmas Bomb! (Prairie Artisan Ales)

2014 Big Beer Series: Zinneke (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: Belgian Stout 8.7% ABV 50 IBU’s Malt: North American 2-Row, Carawheat, Munich 10L, C-120, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Brown Hops: Magnum, Glacier Yeast: Trappist Ale yeast Other: Dark #2 Belgian Candi Syrup FG: 19° Plato From: Hampton, NH Brewery’s Note: “Named in honor of the doggy denizens of Brussels, this hybrid beer is a mix of what we love best in a big, roasty stout, … Continue reading 2014 Big Beer Series: Zinneke (Smuttynose Brewing Company)