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.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I shared a bottle of the Yards Chocolate Love Stout with my fiancée. It came in a 750 ml bottle with similar artwork to their Love Stout, which is a draft only oyster stout. The Chocolate Love Stout is exactly as one would envision, their year round Love Stout aged on cocoa nibs (and vanilla beans).
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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.
Walking through the aisle of a local beer and wine store, a big bottle with the word “Tripel” on it just popped out at me. That beer was the Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Company, a year long offering from their Smokestack Series of beers. At 9% ABV, the Long Strange Tripel could be pretty potent, but hopefully the other flavors keep it in check.
Shane and I recently shared a bottle of the limited release Double DBA (Double Barrel Ale) from Firestone Walker. The Double DBA is part of the Proprietor’s Reserve Series, Batch No. 001. Released at the end of July into distribution, this is dubbed a Barrel-Aged Imperial Extra Special Bitter, housed for 12 months in a combination of new American oak barrels and retired bourbon barrels.