Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout 2016

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout 2016

This Bourbon Barrel Aged stout is brewed out of Amherst WI at the Central Waters Brewing company. It is a part of the Brewers Reserve Series and has a 9.5% ABV. I would like to thank my best beer buddy Bill Engle for bringing this down from Wisconsin for me!

This beer pours out a nice dark black color producing minimal head, and no retention on the glass. The aroma is full of chocolate, coffee, and of course the glorious smell of the oak bourbon barrels! The bourbon really comes through from start to finish when tasting while there are some subtle chocolate undertones.  There isn’t much bite to it, and it has a thick mouthfeel with a great balance. It also makes your belly a touch warm when sipping.

Overall this is an excellent beer that is an excellent sipper, especially when it is cold outside. I would like to thank my friend Bill again for bringing this one down for me!

Cheers!

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 6:58 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Brooklyn Brewing Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Brewing Black Chocolate Stout

This Russian Imperial Stout is brewed by the Brooklyn Brewery, located in Utica NY, and it has a 10% ABV.

This RIS pours out a dark black color, with a brown head. There isn’t much retention or lacing, but it did look nice when it was initially poured out. The aroma is full of dark chocolate, and black licorice. When tasting this beer, it brings the licorice, and chocolate right up to the table from the start to the mildly bitter finish. This beer does have a pretty decent balance to it as well, and I also feel that it gets better as it warms up.

Overall this is a good beer, and if you are a fan of dark chocolate, then I think you would like it.

Cheers!

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 8:23 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 80-89, Stouts

Boulevard Whiskey Barrel Stout

Boulevard Whiskey Barrel Stout

This Imperial Stout is brewed out of Kansas City MO at the Boulevard Brewery. It is aged in whiskey barrels, and has a big 11.8% ABV.

This whiskey barrel goodness pours out a nice dark black color with a minimal amount of brown head, that does have a small amount of retention. The whiskey barrel that this beer was aged in takes over the aroma, with some hints of dark chocolate and it smells amazing! The taste of this beer is amazingly smooth as you get some creamy chocolate up front before the nice barrel aged tone in the finish. This beer also shows off an amazing balance, and gets better as it warms up.

Well I needed a good beer, or two to watch WWE Survivor Series tonight, and I think I started the night off perfect with this one!

Cheers!

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 6:09 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Oskar Blues Fugli

Oskar Blues Fugli

This IPA is brewed out of Longmont CO at the Oskar Blues Brewery. It has a 5.8% ABV, and is brewed with the Japanese, and Jamaican fruit, Yuzu, and Ugli fruit.

This beer pours out a nice dark golden color with a thick white head that laces nicely on the glass. The aroma of this beer is very tropical and citrusy, and the taste is the same. These fruits tend to mimic some pineapple, and maybe some kiwi. There is a nice balance here from start to the bitter finish making it easy and enjoyable to drink.

Cheers!

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 10:33 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 80-89

Big Muddy S’More Stout

Big Muddy S'More Stout

This stout is brewed at the Big Muddy brewery located in Murphysboro IL and has a 5.5% ABV.

This stout pours out a nice dark black color, and it produces a light brown head. This beer’s aroma does smell just like it is supposed to. Just like a S’more! The chocolate is there, as well as the graham cracker, and marshmallow. I don’t know how they did it but it is impressive. The taste of this beer doesn’t fall short either as the beer does taste just like a s’more. I found the marshmallow, and chocolate up front, and the graham cracker shows up in the finish with a light bitterness. This beer also is rather sweet, but that is to be expected when drinking a liquid s’more.

Well done Big Muddy, well done. Very impressed with your S’more Stout!

Cheers!

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 8:50 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat

Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat

This wheat beer is brewed by the Lost Coast Brewery which is located in Eureka CA, and it has a 5.5% ABV.

This beer pours out a dark hazy orange color that produces a decent amount of head that laces on the glass. The aroma is rather fruity, as the tangerines really come out as well as oranges, and other tropical tones. When tasting this beer I found the tangerines to really come out in full force from start to finish. This is a really easy drinking beer, and I feel it would be perfect for a hot day. It shows off with a nice balance as well.

Cheers!

Posted on November 12, 2017 at 7:03 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Rating 80-89, Wheat Beers/Hefeweizen's

Stillwater Levadura

Stillwater Levadura

This Gose is brewed by the Stillwater Brewery located in Stratford CT, and it has a 4.6% ABV.

This beer pours out a hazy light golden color that produces a decent amount of head, however there isn’t much retention or lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of lime mostly, and is rather sweet. The lime shows up predominantly with this beer up front while it finishes with a sour taste, balancing well with some salt.

Overall this is a very nice Gose from Stillwater. Very easy to drink, and full of flavor. The sourness is there but it isn’t to overwhelming. I would recommend you pick it up if it is distributed near you.

Cheers!

Posted on November 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Gose, Rating 90-94

Stone Xocoveza

Stone Xocoveza

This Imperial Stout is brewed at the Stone Brewery located in Escondido CA, and has a 8.1% ABV. Xocoveza is inspired by Mexican hot chocolate, and is brewed with cocoa, coffee, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Xocoveza pours out a deep dark color that produces a brown head that laces nicely on the glass. The aroma fills your nose with tones of coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and the spice from the peppers. The taste of this Imperial Stout starts off with some cinnamon, and nutmeg, before finishing up with a slight heat from the peppers, balancing well with the vanilla found in the aroma. The coffee, and cocoa seems to stick around from start to finish as well as this beer shows off a fantastic array of flavors that compliment each other very well!

Cheers!

 

Posted on November 9, 2017 at 5:55 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

The Imperial Biscotti Break is brewed at the Evil Twin Brewery that is located in Stratford CT. This Imperial Stout is brewed with coffee, almond, and vanilla, and it has a heft 11.5% ABV.

This brew pours out a nice dark black color, with a small amount of light brown head. The aroma is filled with coffee, and sweet vanilla tones, that are rather pleasant. Tasting this Imperial Stout, is also a treat as the coffee is up front and center, however it balances oh so well with the vanilla, and almonds that it is brewed with. There is a thick mouthfeel to this one, but it is easy to drink and full of flavor!

Cheers!

Posted on November 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Santa Fe 7K IPA

Santa Fe 7K IPA

The Santa Fe 7K IPA is brewed out of the Santa Fe brewery located in Santa Fe New Mexico, and it has a 7% ABV.

This beer pours out a nice copper color, however it has a lot of “floaties” hanging out. This beer does produce a nice amount of head as well, and it does also have a nice amount of retention. The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, and other tropical tones. The nice tropical , and citrus tones really show through in the initial taste of this beer, and I found the grapefruit to show up in the bitter finish. This beer also shows off with a fantastic balance, and mouthfeel.

Overall this is a solid IPA, and I will be picking it up again. Pick it up if Santa Fe distributes near you!

Cheers!

 

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 10:25 pm by Robert · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: IPA's, Rating 90-94