As we approach what I consider to be the day of stout beer, St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to remove from my beer fridge and sample the Big John Imperial Stout from Goose Island. To help combat the 11.5% ABV, Goose Island added cacao nips to this beer which should add some nice chocolate notes.
The Delaware based Old Dominion Brewing Company has been a staple in the Philadelphia-area market for quite some time. One of their newest beers, Morning Glory, is a 9% ABV Imperial Stout made with real espresso beans. Being a huge coffee lover, any beer made with it is a must try for me.
The latest release in the Founders Backstage Series is their Frangelic Mountain Brown, an American Brown Ale brewed with hazelnut flavored coffee. I’m always intrigued to try anything new in their series, and while I really have no interest in basic Brown Ales, the addition of the flavored coffee is enough to get my attention. Never having had Founders’ take on a Brown Ale and always enjoying their products, I’m intrigued to see how this turns out.
Recently, I grabbed a bottle of the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide at a local bottle shop one night. Having had other Yeti varieties in the past, I couldn’t pass up the silver foil capped bottle, at reasonable price of $10. I’m expecting all the rich, roasted flavors of the original Yeti with some obvious chocolate and oak imparted into the beer.
Clipper City Brewing Co., makers of the Heavy Seas brand, recently released Plank I, an Olde Style English Ale matured on yellow poplar wood. Commonly known as the tulip tree, the intent was to impart a distinct woodiness to the beer; hence the “Plank” series name. From the beer, I expect an interesting flavor from the wood with a robust, dark Old Ale profile.