Many stouts have an element of coffee, but some breweries decide to take this a step further and accentuate and elevate the coffee element. One of my favorite subsets of stouts is the coffee stout, brewed using coffee in some way to take the coffee flavors and aromas to the next level. One such beer is the Long Trail Coffee Stout, part of their Brewmaster Series. It certainly sounds promising enough, now to see how it stacks up.
Archive May 2012
The Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren, Flanders, Belgium produces some of the most iconic authentic Trappist beers in the world. One of their beers known as the Westvleteren 12 is a 10.20% ABV Quadrupel, according to our classifications here in the West. It’s easily regarded as the best in its style, and the simple fact that it can only be purchased at the Abbey makes it quite difficult to obtain (aside from a small batch being imported to the USA this year).
Good beer and cycling somehow seem to go hand and hand. At every bike race I have been to, amateur or professional, there is always craft beer. Breweries often partner with cycling teams or sponsor events. In this vein comes the Rusty Chain from Flying Bison Brewing Company, a beer brewed to promote cycling in the Buffalo, NY area. The Rusty Chain is a Vienna style Amber Ale that offers some good malt flavors, and no rust.
The time has finally come for us to review the other incarnation of the highly acclaimed Black Tuesday. We generously received a bottle of Chocolate Rain from Scott Marcoly out in California, so first and foremost thank you so much for sending this! Chocolate Rain is a 19.50% ABV Imperial Stout aged on cocoa nibs and vanilla beans aged in bourbon barrels.
IPAs have long been my favorite style of beer. There is something about the bitterness, the variety of flavors, and the huge amount of interpretations by craft breweries. It seems as though every brewery has their IPA, and Clown Shoes is no different. Being an Imperial IPA, the Supa Hero should be a little more hoppy and stronger than a standard IPA, but I’m not expecting a total hop bomb.