The Blue Mountain Brewery in Arrington, VA has a “division” called Blue Mountain Barrel House according to them “focuses on the higher-end beers from Blue Mountain that require special processes, special ingredients, and a whole lot of patience.” From this collection comes their Sour Devil, a 10% ABV American Imperial Stout that has been aged in previously used bourbon barrels with added lactobacillus.
Nectar Ales, the once owned brewery by Firestone Walker, makes an appearance on the show this week with Black Xantus. This massive 11% ABV Imperial Stout is barrel aged and infused with local organic/fair-trade coffee from Jobella Coffee Roasters.
Spring House Brewing Company out of Conestoga, PA makes their first appearance on the show with Big Gruesome, a Chocolate Peanut Butter Imperial Stout. As one of their signature beers, Big Gruesome is brewed quite frequently and has recently seen bottles more often. We were lucky enough to get our hands on some!
One of Troegs newest additions to their Scratch Series, a one-off small batch release, is Scratch 83 – ¿Impending Descent? A rather massive 10.90% Russian Imperial Stout seems like a much needed style to Troegs seasonal or year-round line-up. Hopefully this one is good enough to be a potential contender if they decide to expand their portfolio.
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.