The milk or sweet stout style is one I don’t overindulge in, partially because of their sweeter nature but I certainly don’t mind enjoying one every once in a while. The latest one I found was from 4 Hands Brewing Co. out of Saint Louis, Missouri called “Chocolate Milk Stout.” As you can imagine, this beer has the addition of cacao nibs in the barrel.
It’s Black Friday, or at least was, and Goose Island has released their 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout along with its variants. Mike is in town to join us for our early morning Black Friday drinking tradition. We’re sampling the beer that is said to be the original bourbon barrel aged stout, Bourbon County Brand Stout. If you’ve got one, crack one open and enjoy with us!
Prairie Artisan Ales, the relatively new brewery out of Oklahoma, has made a splash in the craft beer community with their farmhouse-style saisons and stouts. In April of this year, they successfully funded their Kickstarter for 100% barrel aged beers. Most notably, their Imperial Stout Prairie Bomb aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers garnered a nearly perfect score on BeerAdvocate (currently 99/100).
I have been on a barrel-aged beer kick recently so I grabbed a bottle of Cold Spring Brewing Company’s John Henry West Indies Pale Ale, an American Strong Ale aged on rum spirals. Okay, so this one isn’t technically barrel-aged, but there is wood. These also come in at a great value – hopefully the contents justify that statement.
Three Heads Brewing Co. out of Rochester, New York has been in business for a few years now. They started out active on beer review websites and decided to open up their own brewery. They recently reached my local market and I recently grabbed a bottle of their Java Sutra Coffee Porter.